Monday, 20 May 2019
Soviet Torpedo Bombers for Cruel Seas
For some reason the writers of Cruel Seas decided to make the Il-2 Shturmovik the default aircraft in the rules, despite the fact that they weren't really used in a maritime role, except on an ad-hoc basis and as a non-operational torpedo armed variant. So, I have decided to not use the model that is supplied with the Soviet starter set and instead will be fielding the IL-4T, a proper torpedo strike variant of the standard Il-4 medium bomber.
I have three Scotia Collectair Il-2 models that were in a bundle of 1/300th scale Soviet aircraft that I picked up from the Bring and Buy at Colours a couple of years ago. These are surplus to requirements as the other aircraft are slated for Bag the Hun in the Winter War. They are really nice models and I might as well make good use of them, adding a torpedo to the ventral centreline and basing them on transparent plastic GW flight stands, using magnets so that I can use them for Bag the Hun as well.
I will rate them as the equivalent of the Bristol Beaufighter, using the statistics from the rule book, as they are roughly equivalent in game terms despite the Il-2 being larger, slower and more heavily armed. They will be painted in either a winter scheme of all over white or a summer camouflage scheme, as used by both Northern Fleet and Baltic Fleet aviation units, so that they have maximum usage for scenarios set in either theatre.
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