3-22-13 German Militaria Book is lookin' good Gents. Wanted to update and put feelers out for trench knives, SS smock, Luft Smock, Heer smock...and the sheepskin pullover and grey-green parka. We are open to other unusual items. Mortars, etc. I think that is all we need. I have not looked hard for these items as I am working on other areas of the book, but these areas are open if there is interest. Luca and I should finish up in May. My email is arditi(at)suddenlink.net I am hoping to reprint the Japan at War set and Italian militaria book this summer. The "Italy's Battle Rifle" book does well, but I'm not sure I will reprint it until after the German Militaria Book and the other two books are printed up. Many things to do and so...little money. Always the case...yes? haha
Best to All,
2-13-13 I have a number of complete, partial - color & black and white, Carcano reference books for sale (Italy's Battle Rifle). $69.00 for the book and $15.00 ($84.00 total) to ship priority mail with a nice hard box and inner padded envelope. This is the third print run with the muffed up editions (10 total) weeded out. Post here or email me or Steve and we will set you up.
2-10-13 The badly numbered pages I should have caught earlier and can fix easily enough with the next (4th) print run. Whole pages missing is something that should not happen. Thank goodness only a few of these passed through with the most recent third (3rd) printing. If you have the 1st and 2nd print run, you guys are safe...you'll have a book with sequential pages that are numbered incorrectly. Appreciate the kind remarks concerning the efficacy of the books. The "Italy at War" militaria book and the "Japan at War" two volume set will be re-released this year. The newer "Germany at War" militaria book will be released this year as well. Perhaps this hobby of mine will have a production-error free book someday? ha Thanks for the feedback Gents.
2-9-13 Third Printing Errors Update: Nightmare. I went back and checked the initial color run and second run. You guys can sigh (if you bought from the first two print runs) relief as all pages are present and sequential, but numbered incorrectly. The blank pages that Ariano, Dave and Muffet describe are the same in my two original color copies (first run) and the black & white copy I have from the second run. All pictures are present in the first two production runs and sequential, just numbered incorrectly...some without numbers (part of this was a design decision on my part, but it looks to have confused a book maker...I think)...but all pages are sequential and present. Unless buyers of the first two printings (165 books) received an off copy. Let me know if you have an off copy from the first two runs please. The copies you have that are as described by Dave, Ariano and Muffet are ok...just numbered incorrectly, but are seqential in their pages...(sorry Dave, Ariano and Muffet). The third print run (100), which I received just before or after Christmas, copies is another story...they fit the profile for a number of un-numbered (but still sequential) pages as in the first two print runs, but some of the pages are completely missing the single color page and chapter header pages for a number of the chapters. Luckily or not so lucky, in my mind, I have sold a smaller number of these...about 15 of a 100 made of them. Ariano...you would have maybe received one of these if you purchased from the most recent third printing...do you have the color and chapter header pages Sir? If you are missing the chapter header and color pages,
let me know how you want to handle it; you can send them to ACTION PRINTING or I will send the missing pages to you and/or through email. Just a point of thought..not all the third printing are muffed up, so check your copy closely for missing chapter pages w/data and the associated first color page of the rifle chapters. If you have a copy that falls outside this description, please let me know and i'll make it right some how. If the numbering is incorrect, you still may have all the pages and they are sequential. This is all maddening, as I want a quality product for my friends that like the same stuff/guns-militaria that I like. I don't like my name associated with an inferior product. I can assure you I will be checking the finished books much more closely now. I really do not want to spend the time rifling through 100 plus books, but I will. My profuse apologies Gentlemen. Please let me know if I can fix your copy. I hope this post is clear. If not ask more questions please.
Sincerely, Russ (Arditi)
9-8-12 Interesting review of Italy's Battle Rifle over at Forgotten Weapons. Check it out at http://www.forgottenweapons.com/
9-1-12 I'm planning to reprint the two volume "Japan at War" militaria book set. 600 plus pages of uniforms, full mannequins, weapons(prototype rifles, sniper rifles, etc), diary, propaganda artwork/Japanese heroic fighting stories, field equipment, postcards, period magazines, personal items, relic items, field damaged items, flags and a lot of published and unpublished period photographs. This was a true community effort.
To keep the books cheaper, I will have to print the books in partial color and black and white. Key items will be in color. I want to get a count of those that are interested before I print. I think the books will cost/run, together, about $100.00 to $120.00. Of course shipping will be extra. In the States, about $12.00 to $15.00 per set I believe. Out of country, I'll have to get a quote.
I believe the books are unique with the stories, rare weapons, diary, full mannequin impressions, sniper items, named items, etc. Of course I am a bit prejudiced. To check out reviews of the set go to... www.ironlegions.weebly.com ...and you can see them there.
If interested, let me know and I will put you down for a set. If we can get at least 10-15 people, I can move ahead.
By the Way, the Carcano book(Italy's Battle Rifle) is doing well and progress is made on the WWI Marine book and the German Militaria book as well. Busy, busy, but life is good.
8-8-12 I pick up the second print run copies of "Italy's Battle Rifle" tommorrow and those that ordered through Action Printing should get theirs soon. Their phone number is: 806-745-5500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 806-745-5500 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 806-745-5500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 806-745-5500 end_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Toll Free at: 888-226-5533 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 888-226-5533 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 888-226-5533 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 888-226-5533 end_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting Cost is $69.00 per volume with Shipping & Handling at $15.00 within the US. I will hit the regional Gunshows here and try to poison others with the "Carcano Fever". haha If you have not ordered a copy you can still get them through me, if you wish, or from Action printing as well.
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