As the title suggests I really haven't done much this month. I re-injured myself and have been spending 5 hours a day 5 days a week restrengthening, working out and getting back into shape. I did buy a new Cannon Power Shot camera and am looking forward to taking more pics. Also stopped by my Favorite local Hobby store and picked up some books I've been eying all year.
First up, Famous Russian Aircraft: Mikoyan Mig-15 by Yefim Gordon and Dimitri Komissarov.
Now I LOVE Migs. My favorite being the Mig-23/27 Family; and I have a great fondness for anything on the air war over Korea, so getting this was a great treasure. I have previous volumes on the Mig-21 Fishbed and Su-27 Flanker and have to say, these are the be all, end all books on these aircraft. The entire history of each aircraft is encompassed in these HUGE volumes. Development, variants, usage, countries used as well as full photo coverage of cockpit layout and many technical and line drawings. I hope they continue this series as it's of great worth to modelers and history buffs alike.
The next book, Soviet Air Power in World War 2 by Yefim Gordon.
Now out of print, I was luck that my buddy John at Tiger Hobbies let me have it for the cover price as it is now valued at $450.00 Again this is a wonderful volume of the Soviet air arm in World war 2. Illustrated with many beautiful line drawings and B/W photos, this books has every Soviet aircraft used in WWII as well as tactics, organization, history of lend lease aircraft and use of the Naval air arm. Well worth $75.00
Third in the pile, The Soviet Soldier of World War 2 byPhilippe Rio.
I have to say I love these books by Histoire & Collections. I also have volumes like this on US and British/Canadian Paras, USMC, Canadian Soldiers and German Solders in World War II. These volumes contain WONDERFUL pictures of period uniforms and equipment, even down to food stuffs contained in personal packs. Full descriptions of uniforms, equipment and insignia is also provided. I wish H&S would begin doing contemporary period uniform books as well as WWII.
Last but not least, Naval Aviation in the Korean War by Warren Thompson.
This is a short history of the US Navy's involvement in the Korean war. Lots of historical text and many color period pictures. Of great value is the list of Air Groups and info on where and with what they were assigned. Also a list of losses is included. As mentioned about my affinity with the Korean war, I can't wait to get into this book!
Well that's it, as the year comes to a close, I wish all of you and yours and Happy Holiday, Marry Christmas and Happy New Year. I can assure you there will be many battles happening on the kitchen table on the 25th thanks to the wife's purchase of the X-wing Miniatures game for me for Christmas. Look forward to some more Marines coming up as well as some Korean air war stuff and some After Action Reports of the X-wing game.