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Buckeye AKA Darryl16 Dec 2023 3:15 p.m. PST

Now on the blog:


myxemail16 Dec 2023 6:51 p.m. PST

A nice presentation of an aircraft I knew very little of. I bet they will be fun to play in many scenarios

Joe Legan16 Dec 2023 7:32 p.m. PST

Great airplane and good information about them. I have a squadron of them in Squadron Forward. I actually think I have almost as many Romanian aircraft as they had in WW II! I have the MSD models for the IAR 80 and haven't noticed a problem with my raiden models. I only notice the scale difference it they are wingmen or in the same bomber formation.


Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2023 8:13 p.m. PST

I bought 16 of the Plane Printer IAR-80 models from Lead Pursuit. I have plans for Ploesti. grin

Thanks for the blog post! I really appreciate the research and the informed CY6 stats.

- Ix

Buckeye AKA Darryl17 Dec 2023 7:42 a.m. PST

Joe I have HE.112s from MSD that have smaller wingspans than my De.520s, when historically the real aircraft would have been reversed. Hence my trepidation in using the MSD I.A.R. models. I still might go that route, simply as there are not many other options in 1/285 or 1/300.

YA – Looks like they are offered from Lead Pursuit in 1/200, correct?

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2023 9:54 a.m. PST

How many were still operational ion late '44 or 45? They could be used in a Romanian v. Hungary or German scenario.

Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2023 1:55 p.m. PST

Looks like they are offered from Lead Pursuit in 1/200, correct?

Plane Printer STLs don't scale up very well, but they look pretty good scaled down. Lead Pursuit might be willing to do that for you.

You might also be able to get Kampfflieger Models on Shapeways to scale down their 1/200 IAR-80. It has a lot of nice panel lines and details, and is offered in detail plastic.

The IAR-80 by Decapod Models on Shapeways is bland and featureless, and only available with grainy texture. I gave away 4 of those because I couldn't make them look anything but awful.

- Ix

Buckeye AKA Darryl17 Dec 2023 3:42 p.m. PST

Joe – at least enough to engage with P-38s at Ploetsi in '44. Some were also given new roundels when Romania changed sides and used.

Ix – thanks for the tips, I might pursue that avenue!

Joe Legan19 Dec 2023 7:45 p.m. PST

Buckeye, regarding MSD models your mileage may vary. Yes the IARs were used against the US raids as there weren't enough ME 109s. Not much of a contest I am afraid.


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