1. #1
    Share this post

  2. #2
    Xiolablu3's Avatar Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    8,755
    Nice looking book.

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

    Is he a good/credible historian?
    Share this post

  3. #3
    MrMojok's Avatar Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    1,125
    I got this bad boy on preorder. I'll let you know what it's like when it comes in.
    Share this post

  4. #4
    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.
    Share this post

  5. #5
    ytareh's Avatar Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    3,049
    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)
    Share this post

  6. #6
    csThor's Avatar Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Posts
    1,707
    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
    Share this post

  7. #7
    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....
    Just because the fly-leaves contain a dedication to Kurfy, mynameisroland, Xiolablu3, luftluuver, Ratsack and Tagert is no reason to be cynical
    Share this post

  8. #8
    Xiolablu3's Avatar Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Posts
    8,755
    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?
    Share this post

  9. #9
    csThor's Avatar Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Posts
    1,707
    It's nothing to do with my cynism (for once ). 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

    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.
    Share this post

  10. #10
    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.
    Share this post