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Table Air Combat: D3A Val

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Table Air Combat is a fast, simple air combat game that can be played on any flat surface. Each ruleset is a self-contained game including cut-out miniatures of one aircraft and a set of rules. All you need are some six-sided dice and some coins to provide weight for the aircraft counters.  Everything else can be printed from this ruleset.   

Download a free set of the complete rules here: Flight Operations Manual

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D3AEach player has a flight of four aircraft, represented by two counters.  Aircraft counters move by means of curved “performance rulers” that represent the aircraft’s historical cornering ability and maximum speed.

TAC is designed for portability;  The entire game can fit in a plastic bag.  Even the largest battles can take place on a fast-food restaurant table.

Each aircraft is sold separately.  Only pay for the ones you want, and print out as many copies as you need to create your own epic WWII air battle.

The Aichi D3A "Val" dive-bomber was considered obsolete at the start of the war, but claimed warships at Singapore, Pearl Harbor, Midway, Coral Sea, and Guadalcanal.

This set is a self-contained rulebook that includes miniatures for the Aichi D3A "Val" and contains three scenarios that reference other aircraft:

Iron Bottom Sound:  D3A dive bombers escorted by A6M2 Zeroes attack a US Navy destroyer.  The destroyer is defended by a F4F-F Wildcats.

Easter Sunday Raid: Continual-spawning D3A Val and A6M2 Zeroes threaten to overwhelm defending RAF Hurricanes over the city of Colombo. 

Midway: Attack the USS Yorktown with A6M2 escorts while fighting off defending F4F-F Wildcats, SBD Dauntlesses, and flak from both the carrier and an escorting destroyer.

This set contains only the D3A Val. Other aircraft referenced in the scenarios are sold separately.

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February 28, 2017 10:03 am UTC
I'm not sure where I should ask this.
How can you do a sideslip - move forward sand sideways while still facing in the same direction?
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May 21, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Unofficial but I doubt it. Sideslips are usually allowed in games that use hex maps to account for the aircraft going on a course somewhat between the 60 degree turns allowed by the rows of hexes.
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