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Air Force Miniatures: Opening Salvo Pt. 1
Angels 20 Set
by Mons Johnson

Axis & Allies Air Force Miniatures: Angels 20 will be released on February 21, 2012! For this first preview, let’s take a look at the miniatures themselves. They are 1:100 scale, which means the fighters’ wingspans average around 4 inches. (The Messerschmidt Bf 109 had a wingspan of 9.9 meters, so our model’s wings are 99 millimeters long—a shade under 4 inches.)

The Supermarine Spitfire had various wing lengths, but our Spitfire Mk I Ace model with the elliptical wings is well over 4 inches wide. The Bf 109e and Spitfire Mk I are two of the six models included in the Angels 20 Starter Set, which has the theme of the Battle of Britain.

Each aircraft model comes with its own stand, which allows it to pivot and change its attitude. You can have an aircraft assume Diving, Climbing, or Evading status by tilting the miniature in the appropriate direction. The stand’s clear base is printed with the numbers 1–6 to denote what altitude the aircraft is at in any given turn. We will talk about that a bit more when we get to the rules, but for now here is a Soviet Yak-1 fighter in Diving status.

In the next preview, we’ll introduce the aircraft statistics cards and some more models. You can always discuss this article or other aspects of the game on our message boards.

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