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||Soft cover, 30 pages of text and
18 photographs; 5 profiles and a decal sheet
USD$13.46 from Squadron Mail Order.
||Polish and English text in
parallel columns. Decals in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 for 5 aircraft and
masks for markings.
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Aircraft Aces 2 is available online from Squadron.com
This is the second in
Kagero’s Aces series. This slim volume covers Josef “Pips” Priller,
Hans Waldman and Wolfgang Späte. Priller is, of course, known for his
D-Day strafing run along the beaches of Normandy accompanied only his
wing man. Waldman, by the time of his death in a mid-air collision on
March 18, 1945, had flown approximately 530 combat missions and shot
down 134 aircraft, 12 of which were shot down on the Eastern Front
within five days. Finally, Späte who was one of the first pilots to fly
a combat mission in the Me 163 and nearly engaged two P-47s. It was the
one painted red and coded PK+QL.
The author introduces each pilot with a brief and dramatic story of each
pilot’s most significant adventure. This is followed with a thumbnail
biography. If you are looking for an in depth historical account, this
is not the book. But, if all you want to do is get quickly acquainted,
then it would probably meet your needs.
the little story can conjure up images which the author may not have
intended, due perhaps to the issue of the English translation from the
Polish. In the case of Späte in his Me 163, it seems just at the moment
he was about to fire upon the Thunderbolts, his rocket engine cut out
and the aircraft began to drop. All I could picture was Wile E. Coyote
at the controls with the code “ACME” on the side.
What will positively
have modelers buying this volume is the inclusion of a sheet of decals
in three scales, 1/72/ 14/8 and 1/32, for five aircraft flown by the
three pilots. There are no national markings or swastikas, however.
The markings for each ace are as follows:
190 A-3, W. Nr. 0552, “black double chevron” from StabIII./JG 26,
Wavelghem Airfied, August 1942.
Fw 190 A-8, W. Nr.
170346, “Black 13”, Stab JG 26, Normandy, June 6, 1944. (Note: There
is a mask, in three scales, to paint the white outline on the black
marking behind the cowl.)
Bf 109G-2, W. Nr.
13566, “Black <2 + -“, Stab II.?JG 52, Gonschtakowka, September 18,
Me 262A-1a, W. Nr.
500097, “Yellow 3”, 3./JG 7, Kaltenkirchen Airfield, March 18, 1945.
Me 163B-0 V-41,
PK+QL, Erprobungskomando 16,Bad Zwischenahn Airfield, May 13, 1944.
All red aircraft.
I must suggest that
the author or editor made a dull choice in the Me 262. It would have
been more interesting if they had chosen the markings for Waldman’s Bf
109G-4 “Yellow 3”, a photograph of which is in the book, as there is a
Dachshund painted on the side at the cockpit. This was Waldman’s
personal emblem and would have made for a more interesting set of
The Kagero Aircraft Aces series looks like a very interesting approach
to the subject. One can focus on those aces that are of particular
interest and get the appropriate decals for that ace’s aircraft. Right
now the series is focusing on Luftwaffe aces. I’m not sure if the Aces
of other air forces will be covered. Recommendation aside, I’m sure
that the books in this series will be snapped up not only for the
included decals, but also merely for the pleasure of collecting the
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2004 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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