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    Tuesday evening I met up with Dave in Farmington CT. He was there on business, bringing him to 2 ˝ hours from me. As I now live 6 hours away, I had to take advantage of his proximity.

    I brought up my newest Japanese planes, three Ki-10 Perrys, to escort a Sally over Mongolia. Random assignment gave the Perry’s to Dave while I got three Polikarpov I-16s and an I-153. We flew only 1 plane each while Joaquim’s WW2 solo system flew the rest. Dave took the light grey Perry while I the green/dark green I-16, #65.

    Here come the Russians!
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    Dave immediately turns to face the Russians closing in from 2 o’clock.
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    Dave’s green Perry wingman flies straight on and engages first. One Russian fires on the Perry while it sets alight another I-16.
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    More planes engage, the Russians getting closer to the large Sally.
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    The Sally now is in the middle of the fray, giving and receiving. My I-16 (the card) dips below Dave’s Perry to get a shot at the Sally well knowing Dave will Immelmann onto my tail.
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    Seeing my AI flight not doing well at getting on our target, I ignore Dave on my tail and do what I can to the Sally.
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    The green Perry keeps an I-16 busy and away from the Sally.
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    Caught between Dave and the Sally the damage to my I-16 begins to mount.
    I stick to the Sally and see the I-153 getting closer to join the attack. Dave keeps on my tail to my discomfort.
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    The I-16 well behind the Sally now faces two Japanese biplanes.
    The I-16 that was on fire heads home when the fire sputters out. His I-16 is too badly hurt to fight on.
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    To my relief, the I-153 finally gets a shot at the Sally. The damage to my I-16 is now too great to continue. I must get Dave off of my tail!
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    I Immelmann and get out of Dave’s gun sights while getting a little revenge on him. Unfortunately, the Sally’s tail gun gets in the shot to take me down. I now take over the I-153.
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    As I now close in ever so close with the Chaika on the Sally’s tail, with a squeeze of the trigger the large slow Sally wings over and heads to the ground.
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    Fighting outnumbered 2 to 1, the Russian finally succumbs.
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    As soon as the Sally falls, I put some distance between Dave and myself. I Immelmann to join in the joust. I take engine damage! Time to head for home.
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    Now flying at a speed just enough to keep aloft, I fear Dave will soon be on my tail before I can make my exit.
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    As soon as Dave gets into long range, he takes aim, and hits my engine again. The propeller immediately stops and my Chaika glides downward before being drawn into a fatal spin.
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    Last edited by Teaticket; 02-21-2020 at 18:33.

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    The Sally was downed before the Japanese could reach its objective. The Russians lost three fighters on a front far from easily being reinforced. An expensive draw.

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    What a good scenario using rarely seen planes. Thank you for posting.

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    Great stuff, Peter.
    How did Joaquim's charts work out for you?
    I will be using my Excel converted one for the upcoming Battle of Britain campaign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    Great stuff, Peter.
    How did Joaquim's charts work out for you?
    I will be using my Excel converted one for the upcoming Battle of Britain campaign.
    They worked out great. (Dave found a typo I have to fix) We each plotted the plane we were flying, then rolled out each AI plane's move. Seemed to go smoothly. Sorry Joaquim but I'll not go back to the decks you designed, genius though they were.

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    Nice airplanes there!

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    Peter nice to see someone else playing early war Pacific, Russo-Japanese conflict. No ammo left for the REP gun, sorry.

    Must get my KI-10's finished and into the war against the Chinese Nationalists.

    Neil
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    Peter nice to see someone else playing early war Pacific, Russo-Japanese conflict. No ammo left for the REP gun, sorry.

    Must get my KI-10's finished and into the war against the Chinese Nationalists.

    Neil
    Wasn't sure what to do with the Perrys so used them with Gladiator stats.

    Speaking of Gladiators, I have a few I have to convert into Chinese and some Shapeways P-26s dying to get painted...

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    Still have the following to paint up:

    P26, I15, Nakajima type 91 and Martinside bomber for the nationalists

    B4Y, KI-4, E8N and E7K for the Japanese.

    Neil
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    Thanks for the post featuring those beautiful models and excellent AAR, Peter. I'm also a big fan of the Sino-Japanese and Khalkin Ghol airwars; I have a collection of 1/285 models that I use with other rules, and hope to get the theater operational soon under WGS.

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    interesting little scenario. itd be fun to fly a little i-16 rata.

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    I really enjoyed using the bot to fly some of the planes. It allowed me to focus on one plane, thus making fewer mistakes. As always, it was a well fought battle.

    I also enjoyed the conversation over Chinese take out food. Kind if appropriate for the scenario chosen!

    The Perrys look even better in person than the pictures. It was a pleasure to fly them!

    I’m painting planes from the early war with the idea of making a campaign in the pacific that starts on December 7th, 1941.

    Peter, thanks for coming out and writing this awesome AAR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by milcoll73 View Post
    interesting little scenario. itd be fun to fly a little i-16 rata.
    If I get to add any games to my Origins list I'll make one a Khalkin Gol game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dak21 View Post
    I really enjoyed using the bot to fly some of the planes. It allowed me to focus on one plane, thus making fewer mistakes. As always, it was a well fought battle.

    I also enjoyed the conversation over Chinese take out food. Kind if appropriate for the scenario chosen!

    The Perrys look even better in person than the pictures. It was a pleasure to fly them!

    I’m painting planes from the early war with the idea of making a campaign in the pacific that starts on December 7th, 1941.

    Peter, thanks for coming out and writing this awesome AAR!
    It was great to fly with you again Dave. Hope this can become a regular thing.

    A campaign starting in 1941, I like it. Will you be doing Malaysia/Singapore and or the Philippines? By summer I hope to have my KNIL ready for action.



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