The Soccer War
(1969) was a brief armed conflict between El Salvador and Honduras. It was the last time when aircrafts with piston engines fought each others. Both air forces used F4U Corsairs (El Salvador had also P51 Mustangs); mine are plastic 1/700 from the Aoshima Royal Naval Planes kit, that gives you 32 planes (Swordfish, F4 Wildcat, Supermarine Seafire and the F4U Corsairs) at a very cheap price.
These 1/700 models are tiny (even more than the 1/600 aircrafts I already have in my collection) and not really detailed, but you can paint them fast. I used the Wings Palette
website as a reference, a real treasure for all wargamers and modellers. A detailed account of the air operations of this little war can be found in the ACIG
I played one game solo using the Pz8 1935-65 Aerial Rules. I started with 2 x Honduran F4U Corsairs (painted overall dark blue with light blue and white national markings) on one corner of the gaming board, and 2 x Salvadoran F4U Corsairs (camouflaged and with distinctive yellow stripes) on the opposite corner. All pilots are Green. After the turn 3, a D6 = 6 means that 2 other F4U Corsairs (Honduran or Salvadoran) enter the board from the same corners.
In the picture you see one damaged Honduran plane trying to escape from the board edge, pursued by the Salvadoran enemy. it was at this point that other 2 Salvadoran Corsairs joined the battle, giving no escape to the poor Honduran pilot. His colleague tried to flee away from the 4 enemies but just when he reached the edge, other 2 blue Corsairs arrived... too late! With one enemy killed and a superiority of 2:1, it was a Salvadoran victory. It was a fun game that I will play again.