My name is Brian Griffin and I am writing to you because I have recently started a new IPMS Special Interest Group that I suspect some of you a/c modellers could well be interested in - and able to contribute to - Asian Air Arms.
I've recently come to realise that the information available concerning the operations and equipment of post-1945 Asian air arms is really quite minimal. I also have noticed that their aircraft and colour schemes can range from the curious to the "I do not believe it!" For example, Sri Lankan Kfir, Indonesian PZL Wilga, Thai Navy AV-8S, Malaysian A-400M, Singaporean F-15, etc. And from the period immediately after WWII, Taiwanese B-24, Pakistani Halifax, Chinese Tu-4 (B-29), North Korean Il-10, etc. It seems that this is a topic on which there is an almost limitless choice of out-of-the-ordinary subjects to choose from - no more grey, grey and more grey! It's almost like a "What if", but for real.
Spurred on by this, I therefore decided to set up a SIG covering this region and period. However, I wanted to create a really useful resource that would open modellers' minds to the fascinating possibilities and so decided to build my first website. It now covers 26 air forces from Mongolia to the Maldives, and from Japan to Afghanistan and is searchable by country or by aircraft type. It lists, and wherever possible illustrates, all the aircraft used by those air arms since 1945. It also offers colour schemes; lists of kits available to make these models; lists of serial numbers for most air arms; period photos; photos of members' models; videos; decal resources and relevant articles (e.g. "Soviet Air confrontations with Pakistan Air Force during Soviet-Afghan War" - something few people are even aware of!)
Please click on this link http://www.asianairarms.com and take a little while to browse through. You'll see that it's far from complete and - darn it - new information keeps coming in, thereby confounding my beautifully organised order! ONE DAY, it'll be perfect. I suspect that many US modellers could be able to contribute to this site - correcting errors and adding additional data - your help would be much appreciated!
If, having looked through it, you feel this SIG could be of interest, just click on the "Join Now" button at the top of any webpage and you'll be put on the mailing list.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Leader - Asian Air Arms (IPMS Special Interest Group)