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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 04:51 AM UTC


Neil Page looks at the first in a new series of monographs by Erik Mombeek combining photographs from his collection with superb new artwork by Thierry Dekker.

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Posted: Monday, May 10, 2010 - 05:05 AM UTC
Well .. I bite .. but a slight hint re the price would be most welcome ...

also what does: "between Eagle Editions' 'WOTBC' and Kagero Topcolours" mean? IMO the EE stuff is overpriced (compared to LIF and as it has 98% postwar shots). and well I do not have "Topcolours" but I rather think of them like the "Histoire and collections" garbage (I might be wrong here though). Which of them is the upper end of your given range?

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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 02:25 AM UTC
Hi Steffen

...interesting question! Re the 'WOTBC' and 'Top Colours' comparison - well I was just trying to compare it to something, but realise that I might have got it wrong! I could have mentioned LiF. The main selling point of LuGa (Luftwaffe Gallery) is Dekker's artwork - and there is lots of it here ! LuGa also features a good percentage of nice period colour photos! (unlike either 'WOTBC' with its postwar wrecks or 'Top Colours' - FWIW I wouldn't put 'Top colours' in the same category as anything by 'Histoire & Collections', since the artwork and the decal sheets in the Kagero publication are superb). Another thing I would say about LuGa is that it is a much bigger publication than either 'WOTBC' and 'TC' - and it costs less (15 euros direct from Erik's site I believe). The photos were nearly all new to me and none of them postwar! (Not something I go a bundle on either) LuGa also features some text pages, including pilot accounts, solely in English (unlike LiF), but overall there is not as much text as LiF. I gave 'TC' the benefit of the doubt in my review solely because of the lovely decals..however Top Colours is a much more expensive publication with no photos. As we say "you pays your money, you takes your choice" ..

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Neil
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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 02:59 AM UTC
Thanks a bunch Neil!!

I had a look at Eric's site, but there was no price mentioned, so I had to ask

Also: If I have sound rude (and the way I read your response I have the feeling I was), that was not my intention. So: I do apologize!

As for EE there is always some interesting stuff in it, but in my situation I will rather buy the new Kampfflieger RK-Träger book than 3 WOTBC I would get for the same money (if I would live in Northern America I might think otherwise).

I always thought "TC" was a line where mixed profiles from the Monographs are reprinted with the same decals thrown in? ... thus the "recycling" comment and the reference to "H&C" ... as I wrote: I might be wrong!

Many thanks for the hint and the review! To bad I have already ordered JG5 pt.3 some week ago. My pal Volker told me our package is already on its way ...

viele Grüße

Steffen
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Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - 05:27 AM UTC

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the way I read your response I have the feeling I was rude



no, not at all Steffen. Certainly no need to apologise at all - on second thoughts if my trip to Berlin comes off in August you can buy me a beer!

I'm surprised though that you are not familiar with Top Colours - great decals, but a little expensive perhaps. Yes I think you're right about WOTBC - if you live in the US, the prices for that publication+postage are pretty reasonable. Hope you get the chance to check out a copy of LuGa soon !

alles Gute

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Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 02:25 AM UTC


Issue 2 at the printers and will be available in a month or two..
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Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 04:04 AM UTC
Looks very nice- I'm a big fan of Thierry's work- and the subject matter.

Cheers!
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Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 - 11:19 PM UTC


had my copy of No. 2 for a while ..thought I'd mention it here

available now from http://www.aviation-bookshop.com or http://www.luftwaffe.be

Subjects covered include a detailed look at the 'Mickey mouse' character on Luftwaffe aircraft, scribble paint schemes, Bf 109 Fs in colour, Luftwaffe seaplanes and much more, featuring Thierry Dekker's artwork and first hand accounts. A-4 landscape, 56 pages, 100 pics, 40 artworks

some page views here

http://falkeeins.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-...ik-mombeek.html

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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 02:47 AM UTC
Hi Neil

I've got #2 on the review bench (or should that be lectern in such circumstances?) at the moment.

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 12:54 PM UTC
review no. 564 coming shortly then ? ...(how do you do it !)

I thought it was quite a nice looking booklet, with perhaps a little too much emphasis on maritime Luftwaffe aircraft for my tastes....worth buying though for the JG 77 'scribble' schemes, some new pics there not in Prien..
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Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 08:49 AM UTC
Hi Neil

Sorry for the late reply - late review too... it'll actually be more like number 568. Hopefully online by the end of the week.

I actually really like the Seaplanes section - but it reminds me just how much we need good quality and affordable 1:48 kits of the aircraft.

All the best

Rowan