Cross & Cockade 2018 Calendar

Published: July 25th, 2017     
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Sample artwork
Reviewed by: 
Dick Montgomery, IPMS# 14003
Company: Cross & Cockade International
Price: $13.00

Cross & Cockade has released their 2018 calendar and it is quite an edition to one's Man Cave. As in past years, you are advised to order your copy now, and not wait. There may be a limited supply of these calendars and you do not want to miss out because you waited until the supply ran out.

According to Roger Tisdale of Cross & Cockade, the profits from the sale of the 2018 Cross and Cockade International Calendar are once again going to assist in the upkeep of the British Air Services Memorial at the St-Omer airfield in northern France". This is a very worthy cause and deserving of your support.  One can check out the St-Omer Memorial at http://www.webmatters.net/txtpat/?id=258

Besides the fact that you will be contributing to the upkeep and maintenance of this significant Memorial, the artwork is stunning and it is a treat for the eyes and mind to view the pictures contained in the calendar. Consider it an early Christmas present you can give a friend, or yourself, for that matter.

The calendar is 81/2 inches by 12 inches. The pages are "bound" on a set of small metal rings that allow for each month to be flipped to the reverse side, thus keeping the calendar together rather than having to remove each month's page and discarding it. A small, sturdy mounting wire allows the calendar to be hung from a traditional picture hanger, a push pin, or a nail/screw head.

Each month features artwork as indicated by the chart copied from the St.Omer website. A "scan" of the May image by Michael Turner accompanies this review and is included by permission of Mr. Turner. You can visit Mr. Turner's website to view more of his artwork by visiting, www.studio88.co.uk

The pricing is in British Pounds and the website states that the calendar is 10 Pounds. At the time of this review that converts to about $13 dollars. There is a shipping fee as well.

January

James Field

"Rutland of Jutland": Short 184 - the first heavier-than-air naval reconnaissance, when Rutland spotted German cruisers & destroyers before the fleets clashed

February

Simon Smith

"Du Doch Nicht!": Fokker D.VII - Ernst Udet painted the phrase , which translates as "no you don't" or "definitely not you", on the tail of his Fokker D.VII in 1918

March 

Robert Karr

"Hansa Brandenburg W.13" - rejected by the German Navy, the Heinkel-designed W.13 saw extensive service with the Austro-Hungarian Navy in the Adriatic

April

Allan Forbes

"Capronis to Pola": Caproni Ca.3 - during August 1917, formations of 36 of the three-engined bomber attacked the Austro-Hungarian naval base of Pola

May

Michael Turner

"Sopwith Pup" - over 1,770 Pups were constructed between 1916 and 1918. The airframe cost PS710, whilst its 80hp Le Rhone was PS770 or a Gnome PS620

June

Sebastian Tonello

"Balloon Hunter": Nieuport-Macchi XI Bebe - Macchi built 450 type XIs, some of which were equipped with Le Prieur rockets for use against enemy balloons

July

Antonis Kanadis

"Caudron G.IV Hydravion" - the floatplane version of the G,IV, serial number C2498, designated Le Goeland, was tested at Saint Raphael Naval Air Station

August

Russell Smith

"Libby's Hat Trick": FE2b - the United States' first official ace was Captain Frederick Libby, flying as an observer /gunner in FE2b 6994 with 11 Sqn, August 1916

September

Anfrej Deredos

"LFG Roland C.II Walfisch" - the C.II had a semi-monocoque fuselage, but was not built in large numbers, with 64 of 1,508 C types at the front in August 1916

October

Ivan Berryman

"Farman F.40" - designed by Henri and Maurice Farman, the F.40 equipped over 50 French army and artillery co-operation escadrilles during 1916 and 1917

November

Leo Stevenson

"Strutting Peacocks": Albatros D.V - during May 1918 there were 131 D.Vs and 928 D.Vas in service with various jastas in all theatres of operation

December

Taras Shtyk

"Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter" - the original multi-role combat aircraft, with at least 1,500 Strutters being built in Britain and an additional 4,500 built in France

This calendar is highly recommended due to the excellent artwork, as well as the fact that the proceeds go to the British Air Services Memorial. Thanks to Roger Tisdale and CCI for providing this calendar to IPMS/USA for review. 

  • Michael Turner Painting - "Sopwith Pup"
    Michael Turner Painting - "Sopwith Pup"