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    I have one that I'd be happy to send you. Just drop me a line with the address where to send it! Nic
  2. On May 13 2022, a special painted F-16 of 1 Squadron of the Belgian Air Force was presented. The photo below shows the port side of it: Initially, only the vertical tail was allowed to be painted, but in the end, also the ventral fins and part of the upper fuselage were painted in black and yellow. If you look closely at the photo, an interesting detail can be seen on the fuselage between the wing and the horizontal tail. Below is a photo of the area in a closer look. Now isn't that cool? So anyone who wants a design for his/her aircraft: just let us know! Nic
  3. Thank you for the feedback! It is always stressful to see what a new series does, but your feedback is really encouraging to continue the series ! I hope to have another book in the Classics ready for September. In the grey series, a few books are expected to be released in June though! Nic
  4. Thanks for the suggestions, Scooby! One of those might come quicker than you'd expect! There are quite a few new books coming this year, some with a rather unusual subject. There are quite a few aircraft and helicopters around that deserve an entire book filled with details and action. And it is great fun to discover these types too! Nic
  5. Early February 2022, we will launch the new Duke Hawkins Classic Series, focussing on Classic aircraft and warbirds, by introducing 2 books. The first of the series is the result of 2 years work and will be a 116 page book on the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX and XVI. Every detail of the aircraft will be show - there are nearly 300 photos - from fuselage, cockpit, wings, landing gear and of course an extensive chapter on the maintenance of the aircraft, including the engine. All the photos were made of airworthy aircraft, focussing on the aircraft that are in original state. Of the 39 airworthy Mk. IX and Mk.XVI Spitfires in the world, over 30 are included in this book. This is the cover: together with the Spitfire, a second book in this new series will be released as well as at least one other book in the current series. More on those later. For those interested, 2022 will see the release of at least 10 new books. I hope you'll like the result, we sure have had a lot of fun making it. Nic
  6. 2021 has been a busy year for the book series, with 6 new books, but 2022 is looking to be a very active year for HMH Publications. I would like to thank everyone that bought a book, suggested a title, sent an e-mail or left a post here on the forum. Many thanks, we really appreciate your input. February will be a busy with the release of no less than 4 new books! We have also reprinted quite a few books, so every title is is available again (except for the limited edition on the F-16 Dark Falcon). Like the last 2 years, there will be model releases that will include one of our books as well. So again, many thanks and keep the suggestions coming! Nic
  7. Thank you for your suggestions! Please know that we take them seriously - we want to continue the mix of books we have now (including some lesser known aircraft). We recently received a suggestion from a gentleman in The Netherlands who asked for a book on the Twin Otter. It might take some time, but why not? For 2022, we will release quite a few books, and the first helicopters will also appear in the series. The SR-71? Ow yess... Now that would be a great project to do. I also like the idea of the L-39, but would include the L-59 and L-159. At the moment, we're fully working on the new series for February, but by then, new books in the current series will be released too! Thank you for the suggestions! Nic
  8. Just a reply to let you know we are working on a book on the Dassault Rafale in the Duke Hawkins series. Probably 140 pages, and loaded with action and a huge amount of details. I can't say when it will be released, but we're actively working on it. Now if only someone would do a 1/32 scale kit on this aircraft, I'd drop everything to build it! We are also working on a new series that will be launched in February with two books! Anyone who has suggestions, please don't hesitate to send me a message. It doesn't always have to be a mainstream aircraft or helicopter, some lesser known types also deserve a book. That's what we did with the SF.260, Alpha Jet or Transall. Nic
  9. So, we've got 2 new books in the series: DH-021 is a 140 page book on the Prowler, and what a great jet this is! A lot of action, every detail and some very interesting details of the carrier decks, such as the carts used, catapult details, tractors, and much more. DH-022 is a 116 page book on the C-160 Transall. Not that many books on the transport aircraft have been made, especially not with a complete walk-around and filled with details. Its possible this won't be our most popular book, but we think that an aircraft with such a long service life deserved a book in the series, especially in the year it was withdrawn from service in the German Air Force. Some very cool air-to-air photos are included. And some great details of the "Gabriel" electronic version, of which France has 2 operational. We're continuing our series and by the end of november, beginning of december we're preparing more books. Please continue to send us suggestions, those of you that have: many thanks! For 2022, we hope to continue the pace with at least 8 new books!
  10. On friday, we received the copies of our two new books from the printers; DH-019 on the A400M and DH-020 on the Su-35S Flanker E. The Flanker E book is being shipped to all our resellers immediately, but unfortunately, we noticed that the A400M book had a problem. Due to a problem in finishing the book, one page wasn't glued to the back the way it should, risking it to detach completely. Because we want everyone to be 100% happy with our books and in consultation with the printers, we decided that we are going to reprint the book. This isn't an easy decision, but we want only the best quality for our readers. So, the books will be reprinted and distributed early September, when our next two books will be released. But, as I said, our book on the Flanker E is now available! And we're very proud of it, I don't think many people have been so close to this modern Russian jet! For those who were waiting on the A400M book, our apologies for the longer wait. We think it is worth it, the book is packed with great photos and loads of details! Nic
  11. Extremely proud to announce that in July we will be releasing the 20th book in the series that we started exactly 4 years ago. For this, we bring a portrait of one of Russia's most modern fighter jets: the Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker E. It is a 116 page book, filled with nearly 300 photos of the Flanker E, both in action and in detail. Photos were made crawling under and over the jet, enabling us to show every detail of the impressive fighter jet in this new book. 8 pages on the cockpit are included! Here's the cover of the book: It will be released at the same time as DH-019 on the Airbus A-400M Atlas in early July from us or from your preferred book/hobby supplier.
  12. With the Su-25 and the Alpha Jet being distributed now, we're concentrating on our next two books. These should be ready by the end of June. The first one is going to be on the new European transport aircraft: the A-400M. In this book, we hope to show you the aircraft in every detail and for this, we have photos of aircraft from all air forces operating it! If someone wants specific photos, just let us know, we can still make additional photos! And we've got some pretty cool air-to-air photos too! The second book, we're keeping a surprise for the moment... Nic
  13. Here's such a photo: They all have bird droppings on the top of the fin. Look at weathering on the tail of the aircraft in the front; you'd need a lot of maskoll to get this effect !! Nic
  14. Thank you so much for your feedback! And you are right; going through the photos during lay-out, I often thought "if someone paints his model like this jet, everyone would say: this is way too much weathering!" Some look like they have been weathered for years and then painted over partially with a large shoe brush! And the thing is, it isn't just one aircraft in one air force, you can find them in many countries, from Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Georgia... It's like crew saying "ow, just stick some paint on it, nobody cares!" Another thing many aircraft have (even the brand new ones, like the Su-25 SM3-9): bird droppings on the vertical tail! In some photos there are 5 or 6 aircraft in a line-up and they all have them! Nic
  15. Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We're working hard on the next set of books that should be ready in June. The way it looks now, we'll have 6 more new books in the series this year! Nic
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