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  1. AEG (Allgemeine Elektrizitäts-Gesellschaft) (Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes: Volume 16 (Great War Aviation) Publish at 15/07/2015. Aeronaut Books Author: Jack Herris ISBN: 978-1-935881-28-5 Price tag: £ 32.49(plus shipping) Aeronaut Books is a born child of Jack Herris and their goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. All the titles from Aeronaut Books are POD (Print on Demand) to allows to make all the books financially feasible. Aeronaut goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. When Jack Herris owned Flying Machines, it was published Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One, French Aircraft of the First World War, British Airplanes 1914-1918 so those are covered. In late 2014, was published American Military Aircraft 1908-1919 and Icarus Press published Russian Aeroplanes 1914-1918 and Flying Machines also published The Imperial Russian Air Service about 1995, so Russian airplanes are covered. I have had the pleasure and good fortune to have done reviews of Blue Max Vol 7 and Friedrichshafen books. Logo is always a pleasure to do another review of another book Aeronaut. A review of a book is always very enriching because I read the books almost in its entirety. My expectation of any Aeronaut book is now always high because they really are a reference in the WWI. The AEG has the same structure of Friedrichshafen`s book, covering all AEG airplanes made, being because of that, a reference for AEG airplanes. It’s a medium size book, in A4 format, with soft cover and paperback. On the cover, an original and fantastic painting from Steve Anderson with the one and only AEG G IV. Throughout the 186 pages, the author provides us with lots of information and lots of pictures on AEG aircraft and inspiration for the modeler. Like the others books from Aeronaut, they always pretend to be a reference to modelers and historians trying to get a balance between those two goals. I always learn much when I read these books and the AEG is no exception… For instance… I did not know that the AEG D.I in 1917 was the fastest German fighter or the AEG factory were the first to build metal-framed aircrafts. After a small briefing about AEG, a full table all of AEG types and numbers and their frontbesthand inventory. I confess that I really like the information as you can track down your model (or the one you`re about to made) and put it in a past timeline and in a specific period. Here`s a very curious fact: Do you know which is the most produced AEG? Yes… it’s the IV but not the G… it’s the C.IV, with 495 units made against the 320 units of the G.IV. The G.IV hasn’t the 2nd most made AEG… not only was the 3rd. The 2nd place goes to the AEG J.II with 400 units made. Passing the curious facts, the first chapter is AEG reconnaissance two-seaters. Like the Friedrichshafen, all types are cover with images and a brief spectifications and history. This chapter starts with B types. B.I, B.II and B.III. The B types were not very significant. In fact in the reconnaissance type, the only one that had impact in active duty and was built in large amount was the AEG C. IV. The AEG B is such a gorgeous airplanes and the pic of he B.II in page 11 is well representative of their beautiful lines. Great pic of a beautiful plane. The C type, as stated above does have a much richer history to tell, so a Type specification table is given with all C types knowed. Some rare picture of some AEG C types with a particulary enhance to a AEG C.IIe with a annular radiator… TOP! I must spotlight the AEG C.III… I do like unusual looking aircraft and this one is just like that: ugly, unusual and I love IT!. 6 profiles are given, one from a AEG B.II, two of a C.I and 3 from the AEG C.IV. Only now we enter the world of AEG C.IV. Like the bomber type the IV is magic number for AEG. More than 40 pages on the AEG C.IV with type history and factory Fokker small history. Also the R type is included with 2 paragrafs. So the AEG C.IV was powered with a 160hp Mercedes D.III engine and soon gained reputation for reability and speed but the flight issue was not easy to do. And AEG C.IV did have some very goods competitors: Albatross D.II, DFW C. V, Roland C.II or the exceptional Rumpler C. IV. We really need a WnW AEG C.IV. The next chapter is the fighter and AEG only had two. I could keep going with my thoughts and summaries but if I do, you don’t need to buy the book. Check up some pages. All chapters have information for every single type, some with more than others, depending of the aircraft history. All are accompanied with very interesting photographs of all documented models and SVK drawings. Conclusion CONCLUSION If you are a AEG lover this boos is the right thing for you. Althought, is not a walkaround of AEG G.IV, is a very good reference to it and to all AEG types. Even in paperback, photo images are of a generally higher quality than I have seen previously. The Technical notes are very good ones and go beyond the general specifications and engine types. There`s a few profiles, and quite some good ones, specialty for AEG C. IV and G.IV. This book describes and illustrates the development of AEG aircraft of WWI with text, tons of photos, color profiles, production quantities and serial numbers of aircraft, and aircraft dimensions and performance specifications. Its serious and committed study of the AEG aircraft of the WWI. The POD allows us to have these fantastic books but its does have its limitations, the paper back and the soft cover. Highly Recommend Francisco Guedes Our thanks to the Jack Herris and Aeronaut Books for this review sample and all the support. To purchase this directly, click THIS link. If you found this review helpful and decide to purchase this product, please tell them you read about it at Large Scale Modeller! Disclaimer: all photos all in low quality to preserve and prevent all copyright.
  2. Friedrichshafen (Aircraft of WWI: A Centennial Perspective on Great War Airplanes: Volume 21 (Great War Aviation) Aeronaut Books Author: Jack Heris ISBN: 1935881353 Price tag: £ 41.49(plus shipping) Aeronaut Books is a born child of Jack Herris and their goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. All the titles from Aeronaut Books are POD (Print on Demand) to allows to make all the books financially feasible. Aeronaut goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. When Jack Herris owned Flying Machines, it was published Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One, French Aircraft of the First World War, British Airplanes 1914-1918 so those are covered. In late 2014, was published American Military Aircraft 1908-1919 and Icarus Press published Russian Aeroplanes 1914-1918 and Flying Machines also published The Imperial Russian Air Service about 1995, so Russian airplanes are covered. After review the Blue Max Vol. 7, I was in high expectation on this book and I can tell you that it did disappointed. The book is like atlas of all Friedrichshafen airplanes made a little before the start of WWI and during WWI, even if it was only a prototype. It is a rather bulky book with over 300 pages with soft cover with a brilliant and beautiful illustration from the great Steve Anderson with a very elegant and gorgeous Friedrichshafen FF41. Throughout the 312 pages, the author provides us with lots of information and lots of pictures on Friedrichschafen aircraft and inspiration for the modeler. This book aims to become the top reference on the airplanes produced by Friedrichshafen. So let´s see if it hits his goal. In the contents you can see that every single FF build are there. After a small briefing about Friedrichshafen and his creator Theodor Kober, a previously employee of the Zeppelin Company, the author provides the reader, a table with all models effectively built. In this introductory note is interesting the author care to give due honor to Theodor and Friedrichshafen with images of Manzell in Lake Costance. A second table is nothing more than an order chronological order and delivery of all Friedrichshafen seaplanes throughout WWI. This is clearly the result of an arduous and painstaking work that resulted in three sheets with detailed and extraordinary information. We actually know when the airplane was ordered and properly delivered. The first chapter is dedicated to the pre-war Friedrichshafen aircraft. In this chapter I confess my ignorance about not knowing any of them. The n.º 1 is Friedrischafen FF1 with several awesome pics, quite inspirational ones. It goes through all the planes built even the ones that have been only prototypes. Thus the book provides brief historical information from the plane to the technical specificities of the case there. Interestingly and despite being in the prewar chapter, we are presented with two beautiful FF33E profiles, the most famous Friedrichshafen. On FF9, four photos gives us a beautiful view of this puscher which was only built one. Two more profiles FF33, this time an E and H. The next chapter is Friedrichshafen Reconnaissance Floatplane and the layout of the subjects and information given is at the same level. With the outbreak of the war the necessity of new airplanes was real and the Friedrichshafen aircraft at this beginning, were nothing more improved versions. Starting this chapter, FF29 and FF29A that was a large version on the FF19. The FF19 is cover is several and quite interesting pictures, follow be a descriptive table of all numerous and series order by the Navy, every aircraft engine and the order data. For the FF31 the author gave us several SVK drawing, from all sides. The only low of these drawings are the fact of being so small. Finaly, the FF33. Staring off with 3 profiles of the L version, the final and best version of all, according to the author. One of the profiles is Christiansen´s FF33, before the arrival of the faster W.12. Once again, we have all FF33 numbers, licenses and subtype specifications. The lots of inflight pics and some quite cool pics that are a real inspiration. Its almost 40 pages of tons of pictures of FF33. On the FF33, there`s a fantastic sub-chapter - Operarions at Zeebrugge. Several movie frames in different scenarios, since store in land to in action in flight or in the sea. Fantastic series really. Also several SVK drawings of several versions and several profiles. I highlight a profile for my Dutch friends. Passing just to the FF49. The FF49, as almost all Friedrichshafen aircraft, is elegant and willowy, and his chapter has some beautiful profiles, SVK drawings and several colour pictures of the entire frame of the reproduction been built by the Danish Technik Museum. Also another very interesting pictures of the FF49 are several ones after war in civil service and limousine conversion. Just before the ending of the reconnaissance planes we are served with some fantastic pictures of a fantastic and crazy plane: FF60. The FF60 is simply fabulous: triplane with 4 engines and crew of 4 ... I wonder what there was enough information for WnW go down this route. It would be epic! The fighter floatplanes chapter maintains the same information structure, with very interesting photographs of all documented models, accompanied if existente, SVK drawings. This chapter is quite a short one with no profile given. The torpedo bombers chapter follow as he all book, the same structure. A specifications table of all Friedrichshafen torpedo bomber (FF35, FF41, FF41at, FF53) is also present and quite useful. The first is the FF35 but the main interest and more attention, naturally given by the author Is the FF41A & FF41AT that also makes the cover of the book. Sadly only two colour profile. After this chapter, a two pages profiles, with one of the profiles of FF41 and all the rest of FF43, FF49 and FF33. My favorite chapter: Bombers, the G type. All of them are present, with special attention to G.III. We are lavished with several profiles of the G.III and tons of pictures of it, very good references for modellers, engine, cockpit and external details. Please WnW?... Friedrichshafen also did have land aircraft…. Didn’t you know? The FF37, C.I, FF46 (D.I), FF54 and N.I are all wheels aircraft. Not much to say about them except that any of them see combat. The FF54 does have a very curious design with his 4 wings. The final chapter is the Post war Floatplanes with FF67 and FF71 and several pictures of war design being converted in air limousines like the G.III. After the bibliography notes, there are several drawings of the main Friedrichshafen aircrafts, like the FF33, FF41, FF41 AT, FF49, G.II, D.I and the FF54 finishing with two final profiles: a FF54 (love it) and the FF49. This fantastic books finish with the afterword, with historical note about FF33 “Wolfchen” and great pictures about that specific aircraft. Do you want to know more? You will just have to buy the book. Conclusão: CONCLUSION This book describes and illustrates the development of Friedrichshafen aircraft of WWI with text, 540 photos, 18 in color, 37 color profiles, production quantities and serial numbers of aircraft, and aircraft dimensions and performance specifications. No doubt that the aim of this book is to be a reference for all aircraft built by Friedrichasen. After reading it, I can say for sure that goal is achieved. This book is a true encyclopedia of this aircraft builder with clear emphasis and focus in the more famous FF31. Jack Herris does not neglect the other making a brief historical overview of the types not well know such as 39 and SVK drawings of it or the FF60. Everything that you want know about Friedrichshafen is in this book. This is book is not a specific type of Friedrichshafen with several walkaround pictures like a Datafile but an all in book of all Friedrichashafen with fantastic pics perfect for historians and modellers. The only little lowdown to some is the paper back and the soft cover. This book deserve a hard cover and gloss or satin paper. That would turn the book perfect. Highly Recommend Francisco Guedes Our thanks to the Jack Herris and Aeronaut Books for this review sample and all the support. To purchase this directly, click THIS link. If you found this review helpful and decide to purchase this product, please tell them you read about it at Large Scale Modeller! Disclaimer: all photos all in low quality to preserve and prevent all copyright.
  3. The Blue Max Airmen (German Airmen awarded the Pour le Mérite) Bernert|Schaefer|Wolff Vol. 7 Aeronaut Books Author: Lance J. BRonnenkant, Phd ISBN: 978193881377 Price tag: £ 19.99(plus shipping) Aeronaut Books is a born child of Jack Herris and their goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. All the titles from Aeronaut Books are POD (Print on Demand) to allows to make all the books financially feasible. Aeronaut goal is to ensure that all types of WW1 aircraft are documented. When Jack Herris owned Flying Machines, it was published Austro-Hungarian Army Aircraft of World War One, French Aircraft of the First World War, British Airplanes 1914-1918 so those are covered. In late 2014, was published American Military Aircraft 1908-1919 and Icarus Press published Russian Aeroplanes 1914-1918 and Flying Machines also published The Imperial Russian Air Service about 1995, so Russian airplanes are covered. So Jack is long and reputed WWI historian, so my expectation from Aeronaut books was really high. If you go to Amazon their synopses is a quite complete one: “The Blue Max Airmen series is the real story of the German airmen awarded the Pour le Mérite during the Great War. Author Lance J. Bronnenkant, PhD., and Aeronaut Books are pleased to bring you the most detailed and graphically lavish account of these heroes ever produced, covering the men in context with the war’s chronology of events. For each recipient a comprehensive, well-illustrated biography of the man is given, together with photos of the aircraft he flew, followed by details of his service, including other awards won. Color profiles of the aircraft are also provided for interest to enthusiasts and as references for modelers. Volume 7 covers three fighter aces, Otto Bernert, Emil Schaefer, and Kurt Wolff. Volume 7 includes 133 photographs, 4 of them in color, and 12 color profiles of aircraft flown by these men in its 118 pages.” Let`s see if it´s in fact all that!! The series already goes on the 7 volume. The cover and back cover are in very nice satin paper with very good colouration and the rest of the book is in paperback. (I just love this Bernert`s Pup profile) The goal of the series is to show up the real history of German airmen awarded the “Pour le Mérit” during the Great war. We could think that the resume their study to their wins but no… its more than that. This volume covers 3 fighters aces - Otto Bernert, Emil Schaefer and Kurt Wolff. To each of the aces, the content to each one is versed in man, used aircraft, the military service and the victory list. The text is quite fluent and attractive pulling the reader's curiosity to an eager and always attractive reading. In the chapter "The man" several photographs of ace in pose and in the company of his squad friends with historical background of youth and early carries in aviation. The whole story in war, accidents / slaughters, injuries, evolution and squad transfers and reports on the person of the obtained victories or a report by the ace himself are clearly portrayed in this chapter with an interesting and well-structured narrative. This is accompanied with photographs of the time, well framed and depicting periods of life ace in question, even from their own funeral or pics of the crash after being shoot down (this with the report of their last fly). (Emil Schaefer corpse on the wreckage of his Red Albatros D. III) [Wolff funeral after being shoot down in the Fokker F.1 102/17 at 15th September of 1917 (while the previous “owner”, Manfred Van Richthofen was away in leave)] This is main chapter of each ace, because bring us, in a brief but comprehensive history, with their main victory, when they received the “Pour the Mérit” and the questions and uncertain, quite typical of this period of time. However the author do not leave the reader without an answer as he indeed points which way and the most credible story and the reasons why has this opinion. The aircraft chapter has very good profiles of the machines in the battle front and more important, real photos of the aircraft with the each one of the aces. (Emil Schaefer Albatros D. III) (Wolff Fokker Fokker F.1 102/17 in which lost his life) Theses photo are simply fantastic looking pictures that have an historical value unmeasured. There`s a lot more….. believe me. The Military Service is a chronological list of the most important dates in the military ace in question, from promotions, Jasta squadron changes and moves and death. The Victory list is, as the name report, a list of victories with the date and downed plane with very comprehensive information. CONCLUSION This was my first contact with Aeronaut Books… And I must say, this is a killer to any WWI modeller. It’s all there like Amazon says. It has fantastic photographs, accompanied by a fluid and clear text that captures the reader's attention, becoming a really nice and easy book to read. The only little lowdown to some is the paper back but in this book at this price tag and subject, this is not a relevant or a defect. This “Blue Max Airmen” series is dedicated to German airmen that were awarded with "The Pour Le Mérite", now in its seventh volume and I can assure you that I have to get all the others, because it is inspiring for modeller and enriching for the historian. It’s a TOTALLY MUST HAVE! So go ahead and treat yourself. VERY Highly Recommend Francisco Guedes Our thanks to the Jack Herris and Aeronaut Books for this review sample and all the support. To purchase this directly, click THIS link. If you found this review helpful and decide to purchase this product, please tell them you read about it at Large Scale Modeller! Disclaimer: all photos all in low quality to preserve and prevent all copyright.
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