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  1. That is very nice Frederick, the kit has a radar in it, but it is quite euhm.. simple. Early Hornets used the same radar, so that could be a great help! I'll PM you this week to make sure we can meet in Affligem! Nic
  2. Thank you for pointing out the 2 typos in the blog on the website in such a nice way. It will be modified quickly. The series was started by a couple of modellers that were looking for details in order to make better models. The first book was released just over 2 years ago. The books are filled with those details as well as the aircraft in action, in the hope to inspire modellers. The aim is to provide photographical portraits of aircraft and we hope that the photos will be helpful for those of you that are actual building models and inspiring for those with a stash but no mojo. Efforts will be made to have no more typos, obviously. This series is something that is done on top of daily jobs. Organising base visits, air-to-air shoots, photo selections, research, distribution and lay-out + writing of 11 books (1.260 pages in all) in just over two years by two friends, is quite an adventure, so a typo can happen. Again, we'll do our best to avoid them. The C-130 book is driven by our passion for the aircraft. And while working on the 196 page book, we have noticed many people share this passion. Having had the opportunity to fly in a few of them, this is a project that is special for us. I can confirm it will be presented on November 9 in Telford. Nic
  3. It has been over 2 years since I've started a kit and that just isn't acceptable. So, I'll try to build an EAV-8B Harrier II Plus - a Harrier II Plus from the Spanish Navy. The basis of this is the Trumpeter kit, which I've bought a few years ago. It is quite a nice kit and the only one available. The advantage is that it benefits the good fitting of the brand's kits. Not being able to do an out-of-box build - I've tried, it never works - I've started to cut up some parts of the kit; I'll open the upper engine doors, the avionics bay in the aft fuselage and a few other panels here and there. Here's the set-up: Although the kit is a good basis, it can use some attention. The forward landing gear strut is a bit wrong and lacks detail, the cockpit is a little basic and some parts need cleaning up and detail. I'll show you when I'll pass those points. I hope to detail the radar, typical for this version of the AV-8B and detail the interior of the radome as well. The kit includes an engine, but it is rather basic. No provision is made to show the engine, so if you want to show it, you'll need to cut up the upper fuselage. I've done that but this area needs a massive amount of added detail. Now that sounds like a lot of fun to me! Here are the first steps towards that: There is a large bar spanning over this area, which I made from plasticard. It is far from perfect, but it is only a first try. The back and front of the engine bay has to built from scratch, this is the beginning of that. One of the heat exhausts is provided in the kit, but is way too small. Not the hardest part to rebuild, though. One thing you're just able to see is the upper wing and fuselage that I've riveted. I've got some photos showing where the rivets go, which helped. This photo not only shows the avionics bay that I opened up, but also a lot of work that needs to be done. The way too simple outer support gear, details on the aft fuselage, exhaust plates and much more. But hey, I'm in no rush! I'll be back with progress soon. At least, that's the plan... Nic
  4. Yep, That's the website! And thanks for the help, Kev' ! The Hornet book is just a few days away, I hope it'll be what you hope for. Here's a scoop for you: in November, two more books will be released, the cover of one below. LSP is the first media where we publish an image of the cover: Another 84 page book and will be released at the same time as our C-130 book. The latter is our biggest project to date, with almost 200 pages and aircraft from 30 different countries, including a lot of special versions. This will make a total of 11 books in 2,5 years - and I still have a day job to do - , so time to build models is uhh rather limited... Still looking for aircraft enthusiasts interested in making photos, though.... Nic
  5. Little over 2 years ago, we started - a little by accident - a book series for aircraft enthusiasts and modellers under the label HMH Publications. Thanks to the wonderful reviews of LSP_Kevin here on LSP, some of you might have heard about them. So far, we've done 9 books with 2 more coming this year and we hope to maintain a rhythm of 4 to 6 books each year. We are looking for aircraft enthusiasts that would like to help us with some photos, especially in Australia. I hope it is okay to ask this in this forum. Anyone interested, just let me know! Those who want to know more about the series, please check the reviews by Kevin or our (rather simple) website. Again, I hope it is okay for posting this here. Nic
  6. Thanks for the time you took for the reviews, Kev' ! The Jaguar book was our first one and since it has become a big adventure! But for the first time since a very long time, I've been doing a little bit of modelling too and that's what this site is about, right? I'll start a WIP soon! Nic
  7. Thank you for the review Kev! What started as just one book for me and a friend on the Jaguar (that we actually just printed digitally in 2 copies) has gotten a bit out of hand. What an adventure it has been so far. We met some top people from all over the world that are really passionate and enthusiastic about aircraft and scale aircraft modelling. And we get a lot of suggestions on what books to make next and how to make them better. Just the other day, someone asked us to include photos of FOD gear, so that's what we'll try for our next books. In 3 weeks, we release our next book, this time on the F/A-18 A/B & C/D Hornet. Later this year, we'll bring our largest book yet, which is a 200 page portrait on the C-130. I can only hope it will do well, we've been working on it for 2 years and have photos with details of almost all current versions of the C-130 in it. At the same time, we'll release one more book, but we'll keep that one a surprise. And for next year, we have a big surprise in mind! One thing that takes a lot of time is the distribution of the books, but recently we found a distributor in Spain and the US, now we're talking with people in Russia and Australia. And for the first time in about 2 years, I'm back at modelling an LSP ! I'll post a few photos soon. So if you have ideas, just let us know. And Kev, the F-111 is on our wish list too! Nic
  8. Thanks gents! About the paint used; the entire aircraft is painted with the same paint that is used on the operational F-16, provided by Akzo Nobel. The vertical tail is done with waterbed paint, simply because it dries much faster. With regards to decals: Syhart Decals provides decals in 1/72 and 1/48, but not (yet) in 1/32. When I asked him about 'our' scale, he told me it was quite an investment and would consider production the moment he had 100 sets in pre-order. I don't know if he has pre-orders yet and at what cost, but I can ask him if you like. I don't know what it would cost to get some masks made in 1/32. The masks in the photos in my first post are those for the actual aircraft, so in scale 1/1. In a few weeks a limited edition book on the Dark Falcon will be released that shows every detail of the jet. And for next year: the design of the 2020 tail has already started! Nic
  9. When we started on the Dark Falcon project, it was agreed that each year the design of the vertical tail would change. The reactions on last year's tail were really great, so the 2019 design had to be something eye-catching. So far, the first reactions are good, I hope it'll stay that way. We had to repaint it anyway, after maintenance the paint was damaged. But still it was strange, seeing the first design getting sanded off... Thanks for you feedback! Nic
  10. Some of you might remember that last year I posted some photos of the Belgian Air Force's F-16 demo jet and the painting process that was necessary to get to the Dark Falcon. Here's a photo of how it looked last year: For the coming season, we have designed a new tail to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the F-16 in service with the Belgian Air Force. The design that was made was a lot more complex than the previous one, which meant we needed 16 masks for each side of the vertical tail. Here are some of the masks: And here we have put the mask for the light grey parts on the vertical tail. As you can see; not just a lot of masking with the laser cut films, but also with paper. Not always easy to place at 4 meter of height (and the aft fuselage can be slippery, I almost slid off...). After a couple of days in the paintshop, this was the result: The menacing look of the falcon and the detail looked even better on the real jet than on the computer screen. This is modelling in scale 1:1 ! So much fun ! Although the real fun was for Vador, the pilot of the Dark Falcon. While we were painting, he was practicing his new display: I just wanted to share these photos with you and hope you enjoy them. My friend Fran├žois and I are building a model of the jet now in 1/48 and later also in 1/32. I'll post photos of that project when we have made some progress. Nic
  11. I have a Revell phantom in the stash too, there is quite a bit of work necessary to get to that result! I hope it is okay to point out one thing that caught my eye though: it seems like you switched the port and starboard splinter plates in front of the air intakes. The plates on your model face down, while they are almost parallel to the ground. It shouldn't be too hard to take them off the kit and switch them, though. I almost did the same thing! Nic
  12. Nic C.D.

    1/32 B-29?

    I like aircraft modelling, always have. I think it is fantastic that modellers can get excited about a kit being released that no-one thought possible before. In the last couple of years, I've built a T-28, a Kingfisher and a P-61 in 1/32. Not everyday subjects. I know a lot of people that have bought these kits too, even though I hardly see any in a competition, so for a modelling company to selecting a type based what you might see in competition (or even built) is a bit silly. For many, the fun is in buying a kit and doing research on it. A 1/32 scale B-29 sounds cool and I know quite a few modellers that would be excited about it. Pricing is important for me though. This is why I would much rather be tempted to buy a Liberator than a B-17. I have to say one thing though - and I hope it is okay for doing this. I so much more enjoy visiting the WIP, group builds and RFI parts of LSP. These pages inspire me. The discussion page sometime just kills my buzz. When I get excited about a kit and I come to find some photos of sprues or liveries, some of the comments just take away the fun for me. So in order to keep the fun, I'll probably just remain on the pages where the building is going on. No more discussion for me. Have fun building, all! Nic
  13. I really appreciate the feedback on the series, thanks all of you! And please, let us know what type of aircraft you would like to see a book about. The reason we are doing the Eurofighter Typhoon next is because many at Telford told us that they would like a book on the aircraft, so we gave it priority. Doing 4 books a year on top of our regular jobs is quite an adventure, but it is so much fun to do! In 2019 we hope to start a second series. And we hope to find some shops that might distribute the books in the US. Thanks again ! Nic
  14. Thanks guys! And saying it all started as an accident... The next one should be ready by the end of february - for those that are interested; it's going to be on the Eurofighter Typhoon. The hardest part of each book is the selection of the photos; going down from 3.000 to 350. Glad you like them Danny and Dave! Nic
  15. The Tornado book was presented on Saturday and fortunately it was well received! One of the great things about going to Telford, is that you meet so many great people and get instant feedback. The Tornado was the 5th book in just 15 months, it's so cool to be involved in this series. It sold really well, and so did book 4 on the Fulcrum. The people visiting Telford where asked what type of aircraft they wanted next in this series and many people answered the same one - upon coming back on Monday, work started right away and requests were made. We hope to have it ready in 6 to 9 months, but we have to start from scratch. One of the next books will be a little bigger, because we're working on a book covering all current versions of the C-130. One great anecdote is that on Sunday afternoon, a gentlemen came by and told us he was actually in the back-seat of the Tornado on the cover of the book! How cool is that? Thank you everyone for your interest! Nic
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