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Offline Bill S

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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #15 on: August 28, 2017, 05:18:31 pm »
Received my copy yesterday - great work Bill.

Thank you, I hope you enjoy it.

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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2017, 12:18:50 pm »
Look inside on Google books:

https://books.google.fr/books?id=4dEwDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=fr#v=onepage&q&f=false

Just seems to be a "must have"! Thanks so much Bill.
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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #17 on: August 29, 2017, 08:03:42 pm »
Yep, that looks exactly like my kind of book!
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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2017, 11:08:42 am »
Picked up a signed copy from Specialty Press and it's totally worth it!!  Thank you, sir.

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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2017, 12:57:49 pm »
I concur wholeheartedly.   Well done.

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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2017, 05:43:13 pm »
I'm glad you guys are enjoying the book.

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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2017, 05:55:15 pm »
Picked up the book at Barnes and Noble.  My plan is to check over thoroughly, then send it on to a buddy who spent many happy hours in the cockpit of F-8's. 

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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #22 on: November 13, 2017, 12:11:53 am »
My copy arrived "down under".

Looks really great, lots of nice unbuilt version drawings, great photos well reproduced, and authoritative text well-written. Looking forward to reading.
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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2017, 09:44:04 am »
Had this a few weeks and found it a little confusing and disappointing.

Good bits - coverage of F8U-3, Spey proposal and changes required, area ruling or "coking"debate, attack proposals.

Less good bits - confusion as to variants and general chronology caused by way book structured but perhaps that's just me. Too many photos of the same aircraft/same photo session e.g. How many pics. of trying to shove a Crusader into a C-124 do we need? I'd hazard one). Same goes for the Philippine aircraft and some other topics - too many which is unusual.

Downright annoying - the use of "Marta" instead of MATRA throughout the French section.

Unforgivable - "Purely Wholesome"(?) for "Youthly Puresome!





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Re: Vought F-8 Crusader book by forum member Bill Spidle
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2017, 02:40:17 pm »
Had this a few weeks and found it a little confusing and disappointing.

Good bits - coverage of F8U-3, Spey proposal and changes required, area ruling or "coking"debate, attack proposals.

Less good bits - confusion as to variants and general chronology caused by way book structured but perhaps that's just me.


Agreed to an extent - the chapter breakdown by type does confuse the chronology a bit. I faced something similar with my P.1121 book as there was overlap between chapters, but it was a simpler tale to tell.
 
Too many photos of the same aircraft/same photo session e.g. How many pics. of trying to shove a Crusader into a C-124 do we need? I'd hazard one). Same goes for the Philippine aircraft and some other topics - too many which is unusual.

Sometimes I differ on this with modeller friends who like different angles on the same aircraft for modelling purposes. I agree the specific C-124 example could have been one page not two, but it didn't bother me.

Downright annoying - the use of "Marta" instead of MATRA throughout the French section.

This is probably an editing issue which should have been picked up in proofreading. Sadly, publishers often neglect editing and proofing to save costs on low margin niche books.

Unforgivable - "Purely Wholesome"(?) for "Youthly Puresome!

This one passed me by as I had no idea of the reference.

I don't feel these things ruin the book, but there is a trend towards more obvious errors. I found lots of layout and spelling errors in the YF-23 book by Paul Metz, but they didn't ruin the book.

I will put it out there though - if you want me to proofread an aircraft book, I will do it for free for any forum member. I have good general aviation knowledge (especially past-war) and a 1st class Honours degree in English. I would rather see less errors in published books!
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