An Engagement Calendar
S u m m a r y
and Publisher’s Details:
||"Luftwaffe Aces – An
Engagement Calendar 2003"; self-published by Virgil O’Neil, email
||Soft cover, 21.5cm x
21.5cm, 94 pages plus covers (12 pages plus rear covers blank).
USD$25 plus Postage and Handling
available online from Eagle Editions website
attractive artwork; compact set of data for 12 pilots; nice black and white
composite images; will make a nifty gift for Luftwaffe aficionados
||Might get the
occasional strange look from colleagues if using this as your work desk
Reviewed by Brett Green
HyperScale is proudly sponsored by Squadron
Virgil O’Neil follows up his original idea last year with a brand new
Luftwaffe Aces Engagement Calendar for 2003.
This Calendar follows the same format as last year with a soft cover, bound by plastic spiral
ring-binder, in a square format approximately 21.5cm x 21.5cm. There are 94
pages (of which 12 are blank) plus covers.
The calendar commences with a one-page introduction to several key facts
about German fighter units, ranks and awards. This comprises a brief explanation
of Luftwaffe rank equivalents in the RAF and USAAF, a synopsis of the R-3 Field
Conversion Kit, a description of the various levels of the Knight’s
Cross and a single paragraph to explain Luftwaffe Fighter Unit designations and
This introduction is followed by the main calendar. There is one week to each
engagement page. These pages are punctuated with milestones for the Aces in the
book (eg appointments to command, important victories etc), in addition to
random references to major military anniversaries and, of course, US public
holidays and other relevant planning information. 12 of these engagement sheets
feature full-page "watermark" photographs as a background.
However, the real highlight of this Calendar is the colour artwork.
There are twelve colour pages. Each contains one colour aircraft profile, a photo and facsimile signature of the pilot, a
brief history of the ace, and additional artwork of any personal and unit
emblems plus awards and highest rank. This full-colour page is printed on Epson
photo paper. The profiles include a Bf 109D, Bf 109F-2, Bf 109F-4, Bf 109G-6, Fw
190A-4, Bf 109G-6/AS, Bf 109F-2/Z Trop, Fw 190A-6Me 262A-1a and finishes off
with two Bf 109E-4s.
Each is very nicely depicted. The printing process
does justice to the attractive profiles. One quirky attribute of the profiles of
the Fw 190s and Bf 109s is that the wing has been "removed" – we see inside
the wing root to the interior of the aircraft! Interesting approach.
The facing sheet of each profile features a full-page composite image of the
Ace’s aircraft in action. These images are a blending of model aircraft with
electronically generated backgrounds, created in Adobe Photoshop. The resulting
image has been reproduced in grainy black and white to add an air of
There are few typos here and there, but this aspect is generally
improved compared to the premiere offering. Non-Commonwealth readers should
note, though, that Boxing Day is on December 26, not December 25 as stated in
This desk calendar is an interesting concept. It is also very well executed.
The artwork is attractive and the succinct package of information about each Ace
is interesting. I have been using the 2002 Calendar here at the HyperScale
office (my basement) over
the course of the year, and will undoubtedly be doing the same with this new
The "Luftwaffe Aces Engagement Calendar" will be a good
companion on the modelling bench or an appropriate gift for a Luftwaffe
It will cost you more than your common Garfield calendar, but it is certainly
much more individual too! The price is very likely attributable to what appears
to be a short-run, labour intensive production process.
Thanks to Eagle
Editions for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2002 by Brett
This Page Created on 30 December, 2002
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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