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my author's copy is expected incessantly now...but not yet received.

JCC
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Polskie Konstrukcje Lotnicze Tom VI
« Last post by hesham on Yesterday at 05:21:06 am »
Fantastic book,thank you my dear Boxkite.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Books we would like to see reissued
« Last post by Hood on Yesterday at 12:55:39 am »
The university I work at still has a 1st edition copy of Project Cancelled on the shelf (in the engineering section). Since the library recently culled all books not taken out within 5 years I assume at least some students have found it useful.
Comparing it to the 2nd edition copy I have, I would say if you get the chance to acquire a copy then the 2nd edition is better but the changes aren't massive.
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Received my copy yesterday and had a good flick through.
I would agree with Geoff_B that the changes have made a good book even better. The plan drawings are reproduced larger so are easier to see and there are some new ones too. The model photographs are good (though at times the colour reproduction seems a bit garish) and the good quality and rare photographs really top everything off, one fault with the original volume was perhaps the lack of photographs to illustrate the built aircraft. The colour section at the back has been lost, but I guess with modern 3D art it had dated and the wider photo selection (and colour throughout now!) also made it less relevant. Instead the two extra appendix on Specs and contracts are more useful.
The post-1970s section certainly seems longer, not had a chance to read it yet, but it clear the extra research has made the story more complete.
I would say if you haven't got the 1st edition, then this is a must buy, and even if you have the 1st edition, this is still a worthwhile addition as an update and its still complimentary as many of the photographs etc. are different.
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Received mine yesterday. I've only a flick through so far but its certainly a treasure trove of projects and so much it is new to me (and I suspect many).
I'd rate it probably even higher than Vol.1 in terms of the breadth of content alone. An excellent book.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Polskie Konstrukcje Lotnicze Tom VI
« Last post by boxkite on August 16, 2017, 11:32:04 pm »
Next volume of Polskie Konstrukcje Lotnicze is out now.

If you like to get a foretaste, see here:

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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Schneider Trophy books
« Last post by Schneiderman on August 16, 2017, 08:57:46 am »
I'd be a bit careful in citing Morgan as a good example of academic-standard research. Valuable as much of his work is there are notable errors that have been pointed out.
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Schneider Trophy books
« Last post by CJGibson on August 16, 2017, 07:20:22 am »
I can never remember whether 'like a dog with a bone' is a simile or a metaphor. Throw me a frickin' bone Paul.

I corresponded with Bee Beamont, Eric Brown. John Allen and Harry Fraser-Mitchell, so if that is your measurement of quality work, you don't get much more of a primary source than those chaps.

As for your list, I seem to recall that Morgan was a Librarian, who as my missus always points out, are far smarter than academics because they know where the stuff is. I know Eric Morgan was retired, I also suspect Prof Jokipii was retired as well. What about Lawrence?

Speaking from experience, was it ten years for Lawrence to write or ten years to find a publisher who'd publish it?

Chris
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Bookshelf & Marketplace / Re: Schneider Trophy books
« Last post by Pasoleati on August 15, 2017, 06:15:25 pm »
Chris, some academics certainly do have the time. E.g. the late professor Mauno Jokipii wrote an 800-page book on the Finnish SS-battalion. His research took at least 5 years, and the book is heavily referenced with primary sources. He conducted research in Finnish and German archives. He even corresponded with participants like Gottlob Berger.

And then a later example is Chris Lawrence's 1660-page Kursk book. He worked something like 10 years for it. And based his research on archival sources.

Or how about the Spitfire bible by Morgan & Shacklady? Again a work of archival research.
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