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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
  16. The second new book that will be available as of March 31 2021 is a 116 page book on the Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet. It contains over 260 photos and covers every aspect of the small jet trainer that was also used as a small attack aircraft. Here's the cover of the book with reference DH-018: This is the first time so many detailed photos are assembled in one book of this agile little jet. Photos include the A-version, that was used by Germany and later sold to many countries, such as Portugal, and the E-version of France. Photos include aircraft from Belgium, France, Portugal, Germany, UK, Thailand, Morocco, Nigeria, and more. Here are a few previews: A huge chapter on the aircraft's maintenance is included. 18 pages ! Again, this book will be available from our website www.hmh-publications.com or from you favourite store! Nic
  17. We're proud to announce that we will be releasing 2 new books in the Duke Hawkins series on March 31. The first one, with reference DH-017 will be on the Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot. This is a 116 page book, showing both action and details. Not just the basic version of the Su-25, but also many of the updated versions, including the Miming from Georgia and the Su-25SM3-9 from Russia. A lot of details is captured in the +260 photos, including cockpit photos of the different versions, fuselage, landing gear, wings, ... and a huge maintenance chapter. Here are a few previews: Photos were made of aircraft from Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, North Macedonia, and many more countries. This book will be available as of March 31 on www.hmh-publications.com or from your favourite book or modelling store! Nic
  18. Those are interesting suggestions, Chris! We're working on some aircraft that haven't been covered in detail before, so that is always a challenge. But some of what you mentioned is in production! Keep the suggestions coming! Nic
  19. In April our next two books will be presented - and I'll do that here, of course - and our Mirage 2000 book, which is now sold out, will be available again. We've got plenty more aircraft (and helicopters) in the planning, but I am really interested to know which aircraft you would like us to make books about. Please post your suggestions here. It can be fighters, trainers, tankers, transport aircraft, helicopters, bombers, ... I'm looking forward to your feedback! Nic
  20. I can do that! So, our website is www.hmh-publications.com. It is a simple site, but it gives a good idea of what we do. Our books can be bought from us, or from many shops around Europe, some in Asia and North America. The latter get their books through our distributor Casemate Publishers. At the moment, we have produced 18 books in the last 3,5 years. The subjects are: Sepecat Jaguar, F-16, Mirage 2000, MiG-29 Fulcrum, Panavia Tornado, Eurofighter Typhoon, Saab Viggen, F/A-18 (Legacy) Hornet, C-130, Mirage F.1, Harrier II, MiG-31, Mirage III/5/50, A-4 Skyhawk, Phantom II and Marchetti SF.260. We also made a book on the Spanish aircraft carrier Juan Carlos I, with a lot of action of Harriers, helicopters and landing craft. The 18th is a limited edition book on the Belgian Air Force F-16 Demo Team, called "Dark Falcon". We don't have any left, but some resellers still have some. The Dark falcon is a special F-16 for me, because I am one of the designers of the livery and I get to make all the badges, T-shirts, mugs, and other stuff. We even did a very limited edition kit of it in 1/48, with the Kinetic F-16 MLU and Syhart decals in a specially designed box. We're currently working on quite a few books and new ideas. With some luck, our next book will be released by the end of March 2021.
  21. Just a few weeks ago, one of our newest books was released: 196 pages on the F-4E/F/EJ, RF-4C/E and QF-4E. It took a fair amount of time to get it done, but it's finally here! In it, we have jets from Greece, Germany, Turkey, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Egypt and USAF. And we were lucky to have to rarely seen stuff, like this: This is a view in a maintenance hangar in Iran! Many parts of the jets are reverse-engineered in Iran in order to keep the aircraft operational. Not only a lot of details in these photos, but also some great ideas for a diorama! A lot of Japanese Phantoms in this book too. The RF-4E, but also the EJs converted to the recce-role. Each of the 3 possible pods that are carried on the centreline position, is shows in detail. A big chapter is included on the QF-4E target drones, showing all details, as well as the drone pilot's post. And these jets can be a great inspiration for a highly weathered kit too: So, next to these 6 pages, there are 190 more!
  22. I'm proud to announce that we started a subforum in the "Shops, manufacturers & vendors" part of the forum. We will keep you informed there on our books, reprints, plans, ideas, and new releases. I would like to thank Mike from Britmodeller to help us and allowing us to set this up. Our books are photographical portraits on aircraft, showing both action and detail and we hope to release at least 4 new books each year. So far, we've released 18 books, two new books are scheduled to be released by the end of March 2021. Please feel free to browse the subforum! Take care, Nic
  23. Hello Britmodellers! We're proud to start a subforum here on Britmodeller to introduce our books. Being modellers ourselves, we started the Duke Hawkins book series little over 3 years ago to make books on aircraft, showing them both in action and in detail. Our first book was released in the summer of 2017 and was on the Sepecat Jaguar - and we had the ambition to release at least 4 books every year. So far, we're on schedule. In the subforum, I will present additional photos to our books, new books in preparation, but also I hope to get some of your suggestions. I'd like to start with a photo of which I'm really proud - it was sent to us by someone flying a jet that was the subject of one of our books: a MiG-31 pilot with our book on the same aircraft. Needless to say that I'm building a kit of Red 04 soon! Some of the profit of the sales of our books goes to restoration projects; at the moment, we are supporting the Mirage 5 project of Team BD09 in Belgium and the Starfighter project in Volkel - The Netherlands - but hope to do more. I will keep you informed in the forum about those as well. So, welcome and thanks for taking the time to browse here! Nic
  24. Thanks for all the feedback, everyone! I just got info back from a Russian pilot that I could ask the question - through a friend, through a friend and Rob is the winner: the dots indicate the necessity to inspect the bays: a yellow dot is for a pre-flight inspection, green and blue for checks in between flights on the same day and red for end of day inspections. Knowing that some panels have to be opened by removing a ton of screws, such as on the nose of the Su-24 MR, that needs a lot of time and discipline! Thank you all for your help, I really appreciate it! Nic
  25. Thank you for the feedback! It is true that these dots are mostly on the panel edges, but it puzzles me that there are variations. On the tip of the nose of the Su-25, it's just red, on other parts, such as the step to get into the cockpit it's red, blue and green and on other parts, like the air intake there is only a yellow dot. And with the Su-24 I found all 4 colours together! Thank you for posting the links too, I'll just need to find someone who can read Russian. If I find it, I'll let you know! Nic
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