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Bremspropeller
10-15-2010, 04:34 AM
http://scaleplasticandrail.com...he-battle-for-sicily (http://scaleplasticandrail.com/kaboom/index.php/all-reviews/501-morten-jessen-a-andrew-arthy-focke-wulf-fw-190-in-the-battle-for-sicily)

Another work by Morten Jessen and Andrew Arthy (you might nowthem from their previous work about the 190 in North Africa), this time concentration on the eforts of defending Sicily.

As there aren't that many publications featuring the 190 as Jabo/ Schlachtflieger, I'd say this is just right after my taste http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ytareh
10-15-2010, 07:39 AM
Looks like a beautiful book and all credit to the gents involved but the price of this kind of item is seriously prohibitive.I guess there have always been books with serious price tags like the Black Cross,Red Star range and the Monogram Luftwaffe Painting Guides going back a bit further but in the (wait for it !) 'current economic climate ' 50 quid (and even more euro!!!) is too much ,20 for sure ,30 MAYBE...I know people will reply that Im a cheapskate etc and incomparison with an Osprey or Squadron Signal maybe it IS worth the money but just feel compelled to reflect on this ...Less profit per unit and maybe more overall?I know the author will certainly not recieve the Lion's Share or anything like it sadly ....

BillyTheKid_22
10-15-2010, 10:18 AM
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Metatron_123
10-15-2010, 10:41 AM
It's always great to see humorous photos and drawings by the pilots, it makes everything more real to the reader.

BillSwagger
10-15-2010, 10:50 AM
looks like a great book.
The first of many it sounds like.
Probably explains the price, given the amount of work that looks to have gone into it, but there are other books i have yet to read that are much cheaper so I'll probably pass on it until it comes down some.

thanks for posting.

Bill

Bremspropeller
10-15-2010, 10:55 AM
It's actually their second work; the first was this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Focke-Wu...Africa/dp/1903223458 (http://www.amazon.com/Focke-Wulf-Fw-190-North-Africa/dp/1903223458)

Meta, I whish there were more pilot-sketches published.
Often, they're a lot more close to the reality than most reports http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

BillyTheKid_22
10-15-2010, 11:09 AM
I have my WWII Aircraft books and other Different more books!!



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M_Gunz
10-15-2010, 02:36 PM
Originally posted by ytareh:
Looks like a beautiful book and all credit to the gents involved but the price of this kind of item is seriously prohibitive.I guess there have always been books with serious price tags like the Black Cross,Red Star range and the Monogram Luftwaffe Painting Guides going back a bit further but in the (wait for it !) 'current economic climate ' 50 quid (and even more euro!!!) is too much ,20 for sure ,30 MAYBE...I know people will reply that Im a cheapskate etc and incomparison with an Osprey or Squadron Signal maybe it IS worth the money but just feel compelled to reflect on this ...Less profit per unit and maybe more overall?I know the author will certainly not recieve the Lion's Share or anything like it sadly ....

I've pulled a few out of 2nd hand shops for under $10 that originally went for $40+ in the 60's and 70's.

ytareh
10-15-2010, 03:30 PM
Yeah I tend to buy (and resell)used too ...whether its graphics cards or books etc etc I think if yer not too proud to do a bit of Ebaying and wheelin' dealin' you can make yer buck/euro /quid go a lot further !

WTE_Galway
10-17-2010, 10:41 PM
Originally posted by M_Gunz:

I've pulled a few out of 2nd hand shops for under $10 that originally went for $40+ in the 60's and 70's.

I have found some of the 60's and 70's books (even ones written for the general mass market) invaluable.

It would seem that in that earlier period authors went to a great deal of trouble to find unpublished photo's and locate or commission original illustrations. Each book was unique.

Despite the vast amount of yet unpublished material still available today, far too many modern books are simply glossy recompilations of the same photo's diagrams and information already published in a dozen books previously.

AirWarJessen
10-18-2010, 06:25 AM
Hello everyone,

Bremspropeller, thanks for posting the link to the review of our book. I’m glad to hear that you are into the Jabo and Schlachtflieger units … so am I http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I have created a ‘Comments and Reviews’ page on the company website, where you can see additional opinions of the book:
http://airwarpublications.com/books/book-reviews

I have a few comments to add to the thread that has developed about our book.

First of all, Air War Publications is Andrew’s and my own hobby project, and we are responsible for all aspects of writing, editing, publishing, marketing etc. The sole aim of the company is to make enough money to be able to produce and release more aviation history books. If you purchase the book, the money goes into future publications. Our living expenses are paid by our day jobs, not by the book. If research expenses were included, the price of the book would be more than double – and that would indeed make it an expensive book!

Secondly, the book has been out for about one-and-a-half months now, and has received many comments from people who bought it, and from people who just looked at the price. Unfortunately, some people do not hesitate to write that the book is expensive. They write that without having held the book in their hands, and I think that is a shame, because I believe that the price is very fair for what you get (we hope that the very positive reviews above are evidence of this).

BillSwagger; you are right to assume that much work went into this book. Andrew and I spent six years and thousands of hours researching, writing, revising, collecting photographs, drawing maps etc. This was especially so during the three months in the summer of 2009, when Andrew and I worked full-time on this book in Copenhagen.

I understand that each of us has different budgets for our hobby, but a 224-page, larger than A4, hardcover, full-colour book, made of quality stock paper, with completely new material (text as well as photographs, profiles and maps) cannot be made and sold for £20 or £30.

Third, we understand the argument that selling the book at a cheaper price would attract more customers. However, because of the small print run, if the book is sold at a discount it would not break-even, let alone make future titles from Air War Publications possible (it has to be profit sales, not volume sales – this is not as popular as Harry Potter!). If you are willing to wait 10 or 20 years you may, of course, be able to find the book in a second hand store at a lower price.

Fourth; since this is a flight sim forum, I would like to point out that there are free Il-2 skins, created by well-known aviation artist Claes Sundin, in the ‘Articles & Download’ section, along with other bits and pieces for the ‘geeks’:
http://airwarpublications.com/articles-downloads

For those of you who like quality books and support us by buying a copy of our book, thank you, your support is much appreciated. I promise that you will not be disappointed, and that Andrew and I will provide the same high level of quality in the future (while also posting free sim skins and geek material for download http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

All the best,
Morten
Air War Publications

csThor
10-18-2010, 08:48 AM
Hi Morten!

It's nice to see otherfolks with an interest in german Schlachtflieger operations. I just ordered the book and I am wondering if there's something about the Eastern Front (after all it was the playground for the Schlachtflieger) in the pipeline or at least planned in some way. This is a sadly neglected topic in literature.

AirWarJessen
10-18-2010, 11:33 AM
Hi csThor,
Thank you very much for your support. There is one big project in the pipeline - Air War over Courland.

This work will cover all aspects (fighter-bombers, fighters and to some degree recce) of the very interesting and very little known air battles over the Courland pocket from both the German and Russian perspective. You can read more about it on our "In the Works" page: http://airwarpublications.com/books/in-the-works

Without promising anything, I can tell that I have been collection Schlachtflieger material for the past 5-6 years and interviewed 20+ Schlachtflieger pilots. I hope this will take shape as a serious and well-illustrated
book or two in the future, because I agree that it is missing as well as being a very interesting topic.

Once again thank you for your purchase - it will help us make books in the future.

All the best,
Morten
Air War Publications

csThor
10-18-2010, 11:43 AM
Nice. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Metatron_123
10-18-2010, 04:03 PM
Great subjects! Maybe do The Battle of Berlin next http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

No, really guys, thanks, it takes guts to not just do another Battle of Britain book, this is the information I think many of us really crave.

Bremspropeller
10-19-2010, 10:03 AM
Thanks fr the info, Morten!

The current book is a hot candidate for this year's christmas-season and I'm already stirred up to hear more about your upcoming work. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

AirWarJessen
10-19-2010, 02:33 PM
Hi,
Metatron_123: glad to hear that you find the subjects of upcoming books interesting. Both books will feature some action packed stories told from the people who experienced it, and illustrated with photos, aircraft profiles and mission maps.

Bremspropeller: I hope the book makes it the wish list :-)

I will post more information about progress and upcoming projects on the web site.

All the best,
Morten
Air War Publications

csThor
11-01-2010, 01:28 AM
Well, I got my copy last week and despite not being able to really dig into it (yet) I can only say that it certainly fulfills the expectations the first book (Fw 190s in Africa) raised. It's a high-quality book, and that means content-wise and layout/printing. Sure it's not cheap, but quality does cost money and I am prepared to spend money if the return justifies it. Here that is the case.

That Courland book is definitely on my "Must have" list ... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ibeagle
11-03-2010, 03:59 AM
Thanks for the skins. Very nice http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AirWarJessen
11-04-2010, 03:30 PM
Hej csThor & ibeagle,

csThor; I hope you find the stories, photos, maps and aircraft profiles interesting. Thanks for your support!

ibeagle; you are welcome ... I hope you enjoy dropping a few bombs on Sicily ;-)

A new comment/review is up on a Luftwaffe blog: http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/...ttle-for-sicily.html (http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/2010/10/focke-wulf-190-in-battle-for-sicily.html)

All the best,
Morten
Air War Publications

Bremspropeller
11-22-2010, 10:45 AM
Whish-list has been sent to Santa http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

AirWarJessen
11-26-2010, 08:17 AM
Hej Bremspropeller,
My fingers are crossed that you have been a good boy this year and Santa has a book for you for Christmas ;-)

FOR ALL:
We will soon upload additional material, the first piece is a list of USAAF claims matched up against actual Fw 190 losses. It is some interesting reading.

All the best
Morten
Air War Publications