Life vs Modeling Time

Last weekend saw a tremendous orgy of box-filling, thanks to the timely arrival of LOTS of parts from my friend and partner, Bill Ferrante. I got 10 Obscureco orders out the door, which opens up a lot of modeling time this week, and I’ll be back hard at work on the P-40, which does indeed seem to be coming along. My niece is out visiting again, and there’s that pesky Thanksgiving to get in the way, but I plan on getting the airframe assembled with the cockpit installed before the end of the next weekend.

On Friday we had the Silicon Valley Scale Modelers meeting, and I brought my one and only copy of the 4th Fighter Group book to show off. Afterward, Roy Sutherland (another Osprey author) and I talked about that company’s products. Book publishing’s got to be a tough business, and some concepts for series work better than others. “Aircraft of the Aces,” “Aviation Elite Units” and “Combat Aircraft” made sense. The “Duels” series… not so much. Those books are too long for a discussion of, say, the tactics used by a P-51 to fight an Fw 190, but too short for any depth about the aircraft in question. They’re neither fish nor fowl – which is not surprising since they are books.

Anyway, the “Duels” series includes these titles:
Sherman Firefly vs Tiger
P-51 Mustang vs Fw 190
Panther vs T-34
U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts
Spitfire vs Bf 109

USN Carriers vs IJN Carriers
Sopwith Camel vs Fokker Dr I
P-40 Warhawk vs Ki-43 Oscar

At some point, they’re going to run out of obvious titles, so we came up with some additional ideas that would certainly be off the beaten path:

Airbus 380 vs the Accounting Profession
Pucara vs SAS Hand Grenade
Godzilla vs the Smog Monster
Italian Army vs. the Impulse to Raise One’s Hands Over One’s Head
Dave Klaus vs Everybody, Real and Imaginary
F7U Cutlass vs Gravity

Got any other titles to suggest? Send them my way in the comments…



  1. Those are some good titles when osprey runs out of ideas.

    Here are a few off the top of my head

    Airports vs Idiots that buy homes near by then gripe of all the noise
    Swiss Army vs Swiss Army Knife
    Target vs Walmart- Yuppies & White Trash battle it out!
    Myself vs Burton who’s crazyist with Meek as special guest ref.


  2. Chris B. v. the Martin Maryland. (Subtitle, “Oh the humanity”)

  3. OK, how about:

    IRS Vs. Everyone


  4. I’ve only got the Spitfire vs. Some German Thing book and I was less then impressed. I will however, pick up the Pucara vs SAS Grenade issue. Sounds neat. Didn’t you hear, Osprey has commissioned me to write Jim B. vs. Finishing a Model. I don’t want to give away the ending, but I loose… Oh and don’t forget Airbus A400M vs. Reality.


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