Saturday, 1 August 2015
Achtung Commando 
I had one of these when I was a kid and spent many happy hours playing D-Day games on the carpet with my Airfix British commandos and German mountain troop figures. I wonder how many middle aged wargamers did the same? Anyway, the gun emplacement set has recently been reissued by Airfix, which has given me a cunning plan.
I reckon that with a bit of modification and the removal of the obviously 1/72nd scale bits, this could be converted into a 28mm version of a small coastal bunker, ready to be sabotaged by my Foundry commandos. The drop in pillbox and radio bunker would be left off, along with the heavy gun, which could be replaced by a flak mounting or the relocated searchlight.
This wouldn't be difficult and would look very effective, especially if I added some 28mm scale features like sandbags, ammunition lockers and barbed wire. I was also inspired by what some scale modelers have done with the Airfix coastal defence fort, which wouldn't be as easy to re-scale but does give you a good idea about what can be achieved with some skill and imagination.
Anyway, I think this is a good plan, so will see what I can find on eBay, where I'm sure I can get hold of a second hand gun emplacement set for a few quid. I also wondered if the mdf radar that Sarissa Precision have in their WW2 catalogue could be used in place of the gun, but I think I'll just try to use what comes in the original set, give or take a few 28mm bits and bobs.