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  1. The second new book that will be released by the second half of November is a 180 page book on the B-1B Lancer. And what an awesome jet this is! We visited Dyess AFB and Ellsworth AFB several times and this resulted in a very complete book, showing every detail and a lot of action. This is the cover: The entire fuselage, landing gear, cockpits, wings, engines, nothing is overlooked. We also take you into the maintenance hangar and even in the training mock-up for the weapons loaders. The action photographs in this book are really spectacular; seen from the ground, in the air or flying very fast and low level in Wyoming. We only hope that this book shows just how awesome this aircraft really is. It contains over 400 photos. Nic
  2. By the second half of November, we will be releasing 2 new books. The first one - reference DH-026 - will be a 196-page book on the Strike Eagle. We were very lucky to get really close to the jet and this resulted in nearly 200 pages of details and action. This is the cover: Every imaginable detail of the aircraft is included, as well as the cockpit, which is show in a 20 page chapter. Awesome action, surprising weapons-lay outs, details that can't be found on model kits, even the big ones, the jet in maintenance, ... this is a book we're really proud of. Included is also a closer look at the export versions of the Strike Eagle; the F-15K, F-15SG, F-15I, F-15SA and F-15QA. I hope you'll like the result! Nic
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    Su-24 Book

    Ah, the Su-24 book... I once talked about this book project with our contact at the Aviation Mega Store and he got a little too enthusiastic and promptly put it in the "future releases". We're planning it and have been working on it, but it will be some time before it is released. There are quite a few other titles that will be released first. I'd like to include some Ukrainian jets, but as you can imagine, it isn't the time to go there or to contact aircraft enthusiasts over there to help with some photos.... So, here are some hints for you on our next upcoming books (after the AW109 and F-104, that is): 1. A small two-engined jet 2. A big machine with canards 3. A small jet that's an export success 4. Something fast with natural materials
  4. Our 25th in the series is a big one: a 180 page book with a complete portrait of the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. A lot of research went into this book and a lot of sometimes overlooked details are included in it. This book shows many different versions of the Starfighter, from the G, J, F, S and the final version S ASA/M, which flew until 2004 with the Italian Air Force. In this book the differences with earlier models, like the A or C are pointed out. The action photos in this book are from two sources: historic collections and current airworthy Starfighters. The cover looks like this: This photo is of the two-seat Starfighter that was brought to airworthy condition in Norway after a restoration project that took 13 years. We also take a closer look at the aircraft flying at Starfighters Aerospace in Florida. No detail is overlooked in this book, from the fuselage and wings to the landing gear and of course the cockpit. We take a look at the wider air intakes of the F-104S, the modifications for the RF-104G and modifications made by different countries. Starfighters from many countries are included: USA, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Turkey, Japan, Italy, Spain, Greece, ... and differences between them are pointed out. Of course, the cockpit is shown in great detail. traditionally, an extensive maintenance chapter can be found in this book showing many details that were previously hidden. Ideal for those who want to super detail their 1/72, 1/48 or 1/32 scale kits ! This book was made with a lot of passion for the spectacular jet and contains over 450 photos, all made by talented photographers with an eye for what modellers and aircraft enthusiasts look for. We hope that this book will please the many Starfighter aficionados. We sure had a lot of fun making and writing it. It will be available from your favourite model- or book shop or from our website. Nic
  5. In a few weeks time, we will have 2 new books available in the Duke Hawkins series. The first one - reference DH-024 - is on the AgustaWestland A109 helicopter. Now, this might not be an evident choice, considering no books have been made on this small helicopter before, but we had the opportunity to work closely together with the popular A109 Demo Team of the Belgian Air Force and it really is an impressive and agile machine. There are a lot of details and a lot of action in this book, worth discovering. There are a few A109 releases in 1/72 by Revell, for those that have one of these, this book will be very handy. This book has 116 pages, with the first 45 pages exclusively on the Demo Team. We present the two pilots, the ground crew team, a look behind the scène, a spectacular view from the cockpit and of course many impressive shots of their display. The second part of the book, some 65 pages, are the classic set up of our books; a walkaround, a lot of details, cockpit and as usual an extensive maintenance section. Helicopters included in this book are from the RAF, Belgian Air Force, New Zealand Air Force, Italian Customs and Swedish Air Force. This book will be available from our website, your preferred shop or from the A109 Demo Team on the airshows they attend. Nic
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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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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