S u m m a r y
||The Ninth Air Force in
USD$29.00 available online from Wade Meyers Studios
||Great colour (and all
color); excellent coverage of aircraft by type; includes German
footage too; detail reference for camouflage, markings,
weathering and more.
Reviewed by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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Often overlooked in
the European Air War, the Ninth Air Force was in fact larger than the
celebrated Eighth. Flying a variety of medium and light bomber types,
such as the A-20, B-26 and the A-26, and fighter bombers such as the
venerable P-47 and the P-38 and P-51, the Ninth played a pivotal role in
the conquest of Hitlerís Europe. In fact, the first P-51 unit was
assigned to the Ninth AF.
This DVD from
Victory Films is completely in color and a wealth of inspiration. It is
not broken up into segments as other Victory Films are but the aircraft
type is covered in the same area. Let me explain, the first part of the
film covers the Douglas A-20. It features them landing and crashing.
The color is in perfect balance. In case you were ever looking for
reference on the Tow Tractor from the Monogram B-24 it is covered here.
There are Natural Metal Finished aircraft and Olive Drab over Neutral
The next segment
covers the A-26 Invader, sporting a Natural Metal Finish with guns
everywhere. There are guns in the nose, in the turrets and under the
wings; this thing carried a whole lot of whoop ass. On top of that they
are shown flying in a nice formation. Break out the Monogram kit.
The B-26 Marauder
is the next aircraft type covered. If you need inspiration for a
diorama then this DVD is for you. There are plenty of great detail
shots while the aircraft is serviced. The other feature of the B-26
section is the range of nose art. I use to think that modelers tended
to over weather their models. I was wrong. These aircraft exhibit some
heavy weathering and severe paint chipping. I think if you were to
replicate it in scale you would be laughed off the judging table. You
can tell this was a hot shot airplane as the takeoff sequence shows
pilots retracting the gear immediately, and I mean milli-seconds after
lift off. Looks cool but way dangerous. There are some tight formation
shots that give you the feeling that you are a part of the flight.
The ultimate ground
attack aircraft, the P-47, is covered next. Lots of great looking
aircraft here, including a razorback with a red spine and nose art.
There is a lot of information to be gleaned from this section. I noted
that the Natural Metal Finishes included US insignia of various sizes on
the wings. Some were large and some were normal sized. This would be a
good point to do a shameless plug for my instructional DVD on Natural
Metal Finishes coming out in August utilizing the P-47 as the subject.
Youíll see how dirty the aircraft actually get with this video and how
to replicate with mine. End of shameless plug thank you for hanging
with me on that. Some wonderful in flight stuff including yellow nosed
aircraft bearing the codes B8 over the patchwork fields of Europe. To
see it in color is great. Who would have ever guessed that they could
have green fields in WWII?
Some of the most
exciting gun camera film is included. I was ducking and weaving as the
P-47s wheel around smoke stacks and bridges. WAHOOO! They are close.
Even the Thunderbolt couldnít survive hitting the stacks. Every wonder
what it would be like to shoot down a Me-262? Here is color footage of
a P-47 getting one. The right engine is on fire and once it was out of
the fight the Me-262 is nothing more than a target. This is followed up
by some more staffing valleys, roads, trees and even flying below the
tree line. Youíll notice the technique of hitting the rudder to shoot
up airfields and avoid the flak that comes up. Heck you see the 262
take a powder now it is time for a couple of FW-190D9s to hit the silk.
If you need proof of the second class status of the Ninth AF then you
will see a lot of aircraft codes, such as B8, L0, D3, A6, B2, and O7 and
I bet you canít name the squadrons.
In the same
sequence you get to see a pink elephant fly. Remember those decals from
the IPMS/USA Nationals from Virginia Beach? That aircraft is shown here
with the red, blue and yellow checkered cowling and the pretty pink
elephant and ďFive by FiveĒ. Some of the other nose art is included
after the elephant that is humorous.1s are next on the DVD. Remember
the Ninth flew the P-51 before anyone in the Eighth. That unit is
covered here with excellent coverage of ďAngelís PlaymateĒ. Noted
absent is Eaglestonís Mustang. There is more gun camera footage, but in
comparison to the P-47ís wallop the P-51ís six .50 calibers seem
dainty. Lots of FW-190A and D are shot down in this sequence. FYI,
Eagleston scored all his kills in the P-51 and when he switched over to
the P-47 he never scored another victory. Still I love his airplane.
Did I mention that it is covered on my new DVD? Sorry couldnít resist
another shameless plug. Iíll try not to do that again.
P-38s with unique
nacelle names and heavy, I mean heavy, grey exhaust stains are the
feature of the next section. Also included is a droop snoot P-38.
There are a lot of diorama shots with buildings, intact and blown up, in
the back ground and lots of debris. There is a couple of seconds that
show a Ju-88 night fighter tail section which wears a unique RLM 76 with
75 over spray on the fuselage and 82 overspray on the rudder. The
sequence ends with a somber sight as P-38s land behind a cemetery with a
lot of crosses.
The P-61 Black
Widow is shown to great advantage in the next segment. Both type of
paint schemes are shown, black overall and the OD/NG. What a big
Lewdedorf (I know I
spelled that wrong) Bridge is shown with the Anti-Aircraft guns, with an
eagle and swastika in the background, in action. Some nice shots of
armored vehicles and Sherman tanks are included, interestingly even some
with dozer blades on the front.
is covered with a sequence on Waco Gliders and C-47s. They look like a
big parade in the sky. They are so low over the drop zone that you can
clearly make out their shadows. The weather is clear blue and 22. The
paratroopers are seen exiting the heavily weathered C-47s with their
green parachutes. Interestingly you get to see an actual glider landing
and a successful one at that.
The commanders are
covered next assembling for a meeting on the continent. Spaatz, Van den
Burg, Kasada and more. They are joined by Hap Arnold in an unpainted
B-25. I couldnít make out any markings, not even the stars and bars.
GERMANS! Who would
have thought you get to see fat Hermann Goring in his pretty powder blue
uniform. Also in contrast to Goring who has every medal known to man on
his jacket, Adolph Galland is there wearing only his Knights Cross.
Smiling Albert Kesselring is included and he ainít smiling. The
uber-nazi Hans Ulrich Rudel is included with all his decorations. Also
his peg leg is shown to great effect. You get to see the C-47 that will
carry the dignitaries back to England. You actually get to see both
sides of it if you wanted to model it.
Imagine my surprise
when lo and behold a FW-190F-8 taxies onto the screen. ďBlack Chevron
Green 2Ē with its yellow theater markings around the cowl ring and
tail. It also sports a spiral on its nose. Iím thinking that is cool
but wait there is more. A pair of Ju-87Ds flies over and land. They
also have the yellow cowlings and spiral spinner. Be still my beating
heart. Then there are Bf-110G-4s everywhere. One is really close up
and you can make out the overspray of light green and the spiral
spinners. I canít take too much more of this. An unpainted Me-262
Fighter Bomber is shown in a 360 degree perspective. It has dark grey
primer over all the joints with a RLM 76 rudder. Finally, there is a
Bf-109G where you can see the brown violet and dark green. There is a
panoramic shot of the airfield and aircraft that I wish I was really
there for. Beautiful airplanes everywhere.
The end of the war
in Europe brings an over flight of Paris on VE day in a Cub that shows
just how much a party it was in the City of Light. You get to see the
Arch de Triumph and the Eiffel Tower.
That does it for
this DVD. That is a lot of stuff and it is ALL in color. Needless to
say I was impressed by the whole affair. There is minimal talking,
aircraft sounds and period music through out. I also noticed that
baseball was important to the troops as it is in a couple of sections.
I highly recommend
this title and the rest of the series. Great research material,
exciting action and new film makes these DVDs a great value for the
money. For less than the cost of a kit you will be motivated to build
numerous kits. Now where is that Tamiya 1/48th P-47D? No
wait where is the Trumpeter 1/24th P-51D? No wait how about
the Monogram A-26, AMT A-20. Oh hell, you get what Iím saying here.
There is a lot of motivation and inspiration contained in this one hour
and 40 minutes DVD. Buy it and the others and you wonít be
You can get a copy
from Wade Meyers Studios online at
Donít forget to
check out the wonderful artwork while your there.
The actual DVD,
ďThe Ninth Air Force in ColorĒ is online at
Thanks to Wade Meyers and
for the review copy.
Review Copyright © 2006 by Floyd S. Werner Jr.
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