Luftwaffe: Secret Project Profiles/Dan Sharp & Daniel Uhr

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https://www.classicmagazines.co.uk/product/view/productCode/5557

Yep, looks like we need a new thread, folks!

Luftwaffe: Secret Project Profiles

Luftwaffe: Secret Project Profiles features more than 200 highly-detailed full colour profiles of jet-propelled aircraft designs produced in Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

Renowned aviation artist Daniel Uhr has brought the original German construction sketches and three-views to life like never before - offering a whole new perspective on images previously only seen as black and white line drawings.

Accompanying Daniel’s artworks is a full description of the competitions and requirements which produced such a huge number of innovative and unusual designs during the war, as well as descriptions of the designs themselves, written by historian Dan Sharp - author of the acclaimed Luftwaffe: Secret series - and based on the latest historical research.

Offering a host of different colour schemes and detailed notes, this is indispensable reading for enthusiasts and modellers alike.
 

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Ordered!

Thanks steelpillow!
I only saw this image in a google-search, but did not manage somehow to find it at classicmagazines...
 

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You're behind me in the queue, though. ;)

They also have RAF: Secret Jets so I got a copy of that while I was at it. :)
 

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such a list should be made to make it easier to find

List of reference books by period or manufacturer: ----

https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,19300.0.html
 

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https://www.classicmagazines.co.uk/product/5557/bookazine-luftwaffe-secret-project-profiles
 

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Luftwaffe: Secret Project Profiles features more than 200 highly-detailed full colour profiles of jet-propelled aircraft designs produced in Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
Renowned aviation artist Daniel Uhr has brought the original German construction sketches and three-views to life like never before - offering a whole new perspective on images previously only seen as black and white line drawings.
Accompanying Daniel’s artworks is a full description of the competitions and requirements which produced such a huge number of innovative and unusual designs during the war, as well as descriptions of the designs themselves, written by historian Dan Sharp - author of the acclaimed Luftwaffe: Secret series - and based on the latest historical research.
Offering a host of different colour schemes and detailed notes, this is indispensible reading for enthusiasts and modellers alike.

I really enjoyed working with Daniel on this one. He spent countless hours creating all these beautiful new profile artworks and the end result is stunning!
 

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More great stuff Dans!

Just got my digital edition of "Luftwaffe: Secret Project Profiles" from Pocketmags: https://pocketmags.com/us/aviation-classics-magazine/luftwaffe-secret-project-profiles They also have the rest of Dan's previous titles and other's similar work under the "Aviation Classics" heading here: https://pocketmags.com/us/aviation-classics-magazine/issues
 

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My copy of Luftwaffe Secret Project Profiles arrived today.

Well, it's certainly full of large and colourful side profiles of secret German aircraft projects. Each chapter has a full-colour three-view as well. It is definitely impressive on a first look. But I am not sure that it is as "indispensable reading for enthusiasts and modellers alike" as the back cover claims.

There is a useful historical overview, written to Dan Shapr's usual high standards and illustrated by a selection of original design drawings. The profiles too are accompanied by handy summaries. It brings together Dan's researches over several previous volumes in the series, and as such is very handy. But much detail is lost in the summarising and, if you already have those previous volumes, I would hardly call it "indispensible" to the enthusiast. The profiles are reproduced too large to fit enough text round them for that to happen.

Turning to the profiles, they are very nice and top marks to Daniel Uhr - as far as they go. But for the modeller there are only a few 3-views, one per chapter, which means that the information needed for an accurate model is missing. One has to work from those earlier volumes and/or take an expensive limited-edition resin kit on trust. The colours and markings are, of course, imaginative renderings of what might have been. Nevertheless they are not wildly improbable, they lend a delightful air of authenticity to the brew. It is a fine source book of ideas but the modeller is frankly better off with those previous volumes, which contained a wealth of drawings and physical data to work from.

Nevertheless, as a historically up-to-date and attractive overview of the weird-and-wonderfulness of German WWII jet projects, it cannot be beaten. It is a great way in to the subject, an ideal topic for a bookazine, and I wish it all success.
 

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newsdeskdan said:
Luftwaffe: Secret Project Profiles features more than 200 highly-detailed full colour profiles of jet-propelled aircraft designs produced in Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
Renowned aviation artist Daniel Uhr has brought the original German construction sketches and three-views to life like never before - offering a whole new perspective on images previously only seen as black and white line drawings.
Accompanying Daniel’s artworks is a full description of the competitions and requirements which produced such a huge number of innovative and unusual designs during the war, as well as descriptions of the designs themselves, written by historian Dan Sharp - author of the acclaimed Luftwaffe: Secret series - and based on the latest historical research.
Offering a host of different colour schemes and detailed notes, this is indispensible reading for enthusiasts and modellers alike.

I really enjoyed working with Daniel on this one. He spent countless hours creating all these beautiful new profile artworks and the end result is stunning!
Thank you very much!!! Was my pleasure :)
I can tell you the same, was great too to do this work with you!
 

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Ordered both the ebook and the hardcopy. The electronic one is great reading and I look forward to having a hard copy one, too. A "Great Work!" to both of you involved in it. "Please, Sir, can I have another?"
 

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elmayerle said:
Ordered both the ebook and the hardcopy. The electronic one is great reading and I look forward to having a hard copy one, too. A "Great Work!" to both of you involved in it. "Please, Sir, can I have another?"
Thank you very much! :)
 

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Wurger asked about the teeny tiny images on the Preface page, which have become a bit of a Luftwaffe: Secret tradition. They depict, clockwise from top left:

DVL fighter with 2 x BMW 112 dated February 1935
Arado E 380-2 mit BMW 323 R2
Ha 141 V1 rudder and flap controls
BV 144 mockup built in Germany
Me 262 mit BMW 003 R dated May 1944
Ju 287 with bubble canopy and sold nose
Messerschmitt Enzian spatial trajectory illustration
Focke-Wulf flying wing jet night fighter
BV 40 baubeschreibung intro page
Arado turret design for 2 x 2cm Rh. C30
Ta 152 E-1 wing design
Ta 183 tail fin design
He 162 wind tunnel model
Horten bros. flying wing illustrative sketch produced in crayon during interrogation
Siebel patent for glide bomb
Tail comparison between Me 209, Mustang, Airacobra and Vultee Vanguard
Arado Jaeger mit Heinkel TL design dated 10.3.43
 

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newsdeskdan said:
Focke-Wulf flying wing jet night fighter
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Tail comparison between Me 209, Mustang, Airacobra and Vultee Vanguard
That FW flying wing is a new discovery right? And is the 209 the later 109 reworking or is it the earlier design?
 

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sienar said:
newsdeskdan said:
Focke-Wulf flying wing jet night fighter
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Tail comparison between Me 209, Mustang, Airacobra and Vultee Vanguard
That FW flying wing is a new discovery right? And is the 209 the later 109 reworking or is it the earlier design?
The flying wing is a new, and frankly rather bizarre-looking, discovery. The 209 is the later version. It is Messerschmitt drawing number III/465 of May 22, 1943, signed by 'Forster'. The image printed is a cropped version of the full drawing - the more bulbous tail comparison on the far right is from the Hawker Typhoon. Here's a slightly bigger version of the image.
 

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Great stuff just at the preface, as usual. Thanks for fuelling this forum, Dan!
 

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Just picked up mine today at Barnes & Noble and have found it very enjoyable. But I believe there's a caption missing on page 51.
 
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