S u m m a r y
||Gun Camera Film/The
USD$29.00 available online from Wade Meyers Studios
||Great colour and b/w
coverage; good selection of Allied and Axis aircraft; very
involving; great inspiration for modellers.
Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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How many of you have taken your Bf-109 model and
got in a tail chase and made the gun sounds? Come on, be a man and
admit it. Maybe that is why I like the Bf-109 so much - because I saw
so many being shot down over the years.
This DVD from Victory Films highlights all the
excitement that fighter pilots and bomber crews experienced during WWII,
without all the danger. You are able to sit down and analyze the
engagement. You can see a Me-262 and a Me-163 in the cross hairs of
allied fighters and in color. The video is in both color and black and
There is film of fighters both allied and axis
taking off in a prelude to combat. The time frame is hit or miss in
that there are videos of Bf-109Es, and Me-262s in the same sequence.
That really isn’t important as the video itself is impressive in its own
right. Watch as the 56th FG take off to engage the enemy.
There is very limited talking and when it comes it
is documentary style. It is actually only one sequence. The rest of
the video is engine sounds and gun sounds. It is actually very nice and
the way I would rather see something like this. I don’t want to hear a
narrator tell me about an engagement I can see. The engine and gun
sounds just add to the excitement.
The first part of the video concentrates on the ETO.
This shows the assault on Fortress Europe by B-17s and B-24s. The
engagements are so close that they show just how much courage was
required on both sides. You are so much a part of the battle that you
see your wingmen attacking and the return fire from the B-17s. In some
of the sequences the B-17s fill the screen and once you fly by that one
there are four more in front of you. Suicidal or heroic comes to mind.
Fire, debris and parachutes are everywhere. Then the allied fighters
enter the battle. The German fighters are attacked at close range.
Some so close the FW-190 is filling the screen and the P-47 seems to fly
formation with it until the FW is shot down. Amazing stuff. P-38s are
included as well. What is amazing is the fact that this stuff happened
every mission. There are sequences where you are engaging the enemy and
another aircraft, friend or foe, flies through the screen. The Me-262
engagement is impressive as is the flat spin that he gets into after
being shot down. The Me-163 is shown in its unpowered glide being
engaged and shot down by P-47s. See the Komet on the ground being
strafed as the pilot runs for cover. Then it is down on the deck, flak,
towers, buildings, wires, towers, explosions, and everything else that
can take down an aircraft is shown. Find yourself shooting up trains,
airfields, power lines and buildings. You’ll find yourself leaning into
the turn and telling the guy to lead him some more. It is hard not to
be involved in the video.
The second video focuses on the MTO. The color
footage is so clear that it is amazing that it still exists. It is like
being at the airfield when the Thunderbolts take off. This is the best
footage I’ve seen of MTO P-47s. You’ve all seen the documentary of the
P-47s in Sicily but I guarantee you haven’t seen it as clear as this.
You’ll see the P-47s fly over the Berghof and pound the living crap out
of anything that moves and some things that don’t. Even horses are not
immune to the awesome firepower of the Thunderbolts. You’ll love the
weathering on the camouflaged P-47s, excellent reference material. You
will also like the nose and fuselage art that are plainly seen. The
color and resolution are so clear you will think that these were taken
yesterday not yesteryear. This is the stuff Hollywood should watch
before they film an airplane film. Interspersed with the gun fire is the
occasional rocket launches. There is a very close up belly landing of a
P-47 that literally slides to a halt in front of the camera. Very
The next chapter deals with the ETO but this time
it is from being on the continent with the 9th AF. There are
some great photos of taxiing P-47s and P-38s with their painted out
D-Day markings. Some of the new P-51s are also shown taking off.
Engage FW-190D-9s in full color. You can even make out the markings on
some of them. You get so close to the action that Mustangs cuts you off
from a sure kill. That is excitement. From altitude to grass cutting
heights this section has enough smoke and fire to make an arsonist
happy. This is what air superiority is all about. The flak is all
around and you wonder how they ever got through it.
A beautiful color shot of an SBD opens the sequence
for the Pacific. Features show P-40s, P-39s, and Iwo based P-51s taking
off and shooting everything that moves or flies, including a crippled
B-24? Somebody needs some target identification classes. Receiving
friendly fire, returning same. It is nice to see how beautiful the
Pacific can be when you are not blowing things up in it. These guys are
so good that they can shoot power lines and the towers. Really
impressive shooting, not an effective use, but impressive shooting.
Look closely and you’ll notice the P-51s have three antennas, two on the
spine and one under the fuselage. This was something new to me. Bring
on the Zeros, Franks, Tojos and Bettys, all in color. A color carrier
takeoff opens up the Navy portion of the DVD. The take off shows lots
of detail about the carrier deck markings. This will be useful for the
modeler. Shooting down Zeros is the call of the day. Man those Zeros
just flame at the slightest hit. If you take off from the carrier you
have to land and there are some very nice landings that finish off this
portion of the DVD.
B-25s are the feature of the documentary “The
Earthquakers”. I personally have never seen this particular color
video. It is typical of the period newsreels, the Earthquakers is
narrated but it is in full color. The Mitchells are the highlight of
this film. They show the desert pink colors and nose art to advantage.
If you need motivation to paint a figure, this video shows people on
pedestals just like figure models. Life imitating art? Full color
shots of destroyed Me-410s, maybe 210s are shown to effect. You will
love the colors of these aircraft, not your usual greys. Some of the
narration shows its age by references to the wife doing the dishes while
you smoke your pipe while listening to Bing Crosby in your easy chair.
Those were the days. It is interesting to see how they recover a belly
landed B-25. This will give you ideas for a diorama. You’ll love the
shots showing the weathering. I’m beginning to think that most aircraft
models are under weathered. Seeing the desert camouflage reminded me of
“Catch-22”. The flak is really close, in fact the ship with the camera
flies right through one burst. Impressive to say the least. One
Mitchell comes in for an impressive belly landing. There is one B-25 in
particular that is crippled and crashes on landing. You get to watch it
in full color as the bomber cartwheels to its death.
This is a very exciting DVD. To be honest the
first part is really a compilation from the Victory Films library. This
does not mean that you don’t “need” the others but if you like things
that go boom, this is a great DVD for you. Someone should send this to
Hollywood so they can see how a real airplane moves and looks.
Thanks to Wade Meyers and
for the review copy.
Review Copyright © 2006 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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