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||"Luftwaffe Aces – An
Engagement Calendar 2002"; 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 (USD$3.50 P&H in the USA)
||Interesting new idea;
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
calendar; sloppy editing (typos, missing punctuation and spelling errors) on
engagements pages; somewhat expensive for a desk calendar.
Reviewed by Brett Green
New product categories are fairly rare in our hobby, but Virgil O’Neil has
managed to create one. We are familiar with desk calendars featuring witty
proverbs, or cartoons of "The Far Side", or maybe "Dilbert". As far as I am
aware, there has not previously been a desk calendar with the theme of Luftwaffe
This is an engagement calendar 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 four Field
Conversion Kits for German fighters (but no mention of which Rustatz is
applicable to what fighter), 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 Fw 190A, Fw 190D, Messerschmitt Bf 109E and G;
and a Messerschmitt Me 262. 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
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
If you plan to use this as your office calendar, you may have to endure
curious glances and questions about the pictures on your desktop. However, the
"Luftwaffe Aces Engagement Calendar" will unquestionably be a good companion on the
modelling bench or an appropriate gift for a Luftwaffe modelling fan.
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 Virgil O'Neil for the review sample.
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
This Page Created on 18 September, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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