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mandrill7
06-29-2007, 05:58 PM
http://www.ospreypublishing.com/title_detail.php/title=T1893

Xiolablu3
06-29-2007, 07:03 PM
Nice looking book.

Anyone have any info on the author 'Martin Bowman'.

Is he a good/credible historian?

MrMojok
06-29-2007, 10:41 PM
I got this bad boy on preorder. I'll let you know what it's like when it comes in.

Feathered_IV
06-30-2007, 04:27 AM
Bowman's been around for a fair while now. I think I've got a couple of his other Osprey books kicking around the house. He writes a bit like Bill Sweetman, although not as dry.

ytareh
06-30-2007, 05:00 AM
Well this new series looks sweet.If its half as good as the Aircraft of the Aces series(the ones with all the colour profiles in the centre) it will become an instant classic I have over a dozen of those which have to go as I have a sports bag full of books unopened in the corner of my 'den' with no shelf space to put em on...Needless to say under severe pressure from wife....Give me a pm if youre after any particular one (Italian/Finnish etc etc)

csThor
06-30-2007, 05:06 AM
Can't help it, but I think this series is a bit like the eternal "my d*ck is longer than yours" threads that pop up now and then on this board. Knowing Osprey and the Aircraft of the Aces series I'm a bit afraid that they'll compare apples to oranges again http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Feathered_IV
06-30-2007, 05:15 AM
Originally posted by csThor:
Can't help it, but I think this series is a bit like the eternal "my d*ck is longer than yours" threads that pop up now and then on this board.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

Just because the fly-leaves contain a dedication to Kurfy, mynameisroland, Xiolablu3, luftluuver, Ratsack and Tagert is no reason to be cynical http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Xiolablu3
06-30-2007, 06:01 AM
Originally posted by ytareh:
Well this new series looks sweet.If its half as good as the Aircraft of the Aces series(the ones with all the colour profiles in the centre) it will become an instant classic I have over a dozen of those which have to go as I have a sports bag full of books unopened in the corner of my 'den' with no shelf space to put em on...Needless to say under severe pressure from wife....Give me a pm if youre after any particular one (Italian/Finnish etc etc)


That sound interesting , mate.

What books are you throwing out?

I may buy a few off you?

csThor
06-30-2007, 06:06 AM
It's nothing to do with my cynism (for once http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif ). IMO this series is a way to start or repeat myths. To accurately compare two aircraft types you have to take a lot of factors into consideration - technical details, historical circumstances, military politics and doctrines, yada yada yada ... Most of which are as dry and boring as a day-long lecture on bookkeeping http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

I can't see this series going the scientific way - knowing other Osprey products they'll most probably do the "Apples vs Oranges" comparison because that surely has more potential for sales.

Feathered_IV
06-30-2007, 06:33 AM
I think you're right. Expect a printed version of something like 'Dogfights' on the History Channel (bleh).

Mind you, if they just stick to drawings, maps, pilot interviews and colour profiles - it could be a winner.

Xiolablu3
06-30-2007, 06:42 AM
WOuld be great to have an equal book written from the perspective of the FW190 or Me109 pilot.

There are so many books focussing on the advantages of the P51 and Spitfire over the Bf109 and FW190.

I would ideally like two versions of the same book.

One written by a P51/Spitfire fan from USA/Britain, and one written by a FW190/Bf109 fan from Germany so that you can balance up the comparisons

neural_dream
06-30-2007, 07:48 AM
This book stinks.

I'd only read a FW190 Vs Spitfire analysis by German historians, and even that would be expected to stink a bit.