Sunday, 1 March 2015
Air War C21 Flashpoint Baltic 
I've been thinking about potential triggers for an 'incident' in the Baltic for the Air War C21 ultramodern project. The obvious one that springs to mind is an accidental shooting down of a Russian Tu-95 Bear reconnaissance aircraft by NATO fighters, although I'll leave the accidental bit for Mr Putin to decide, given the recent assasination of Mr Nemtsov in Moscow.
The problem is that Tumbling Dice and O8 don't make a Tu-95 or anything similar in 1/600th scale. So, I decided to have a look on Shapeways to see what was available and, lo and behold, there is a 1/600th scale Bear available from the Objects May Appear shop: http://www.shapeways.com/shops/objects
There's also an Il-76 transport aircraft that might be worked into the scenario, although I'm not sure exactly how? I'm a bit strapped for cash at the moment, due to emergency boiler repairs and other one-off expenses, soI'll have to wait to order the Tu-95 double pack for a couple of weeks, but it looks like my search for a suitable 'flashpoint' is sorted.