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What's Your Main or Favorite Source of Reference?

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What's Your Main or Favorite Source of Reference?
Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Friday, March 14, 2003 3:41 PM
I'm finding that there aren't many other "reference freaks" out there. Alotta people keep asking for reference on a certain subject. I understand that many just don't have the money to spend on alotta books and rags (magazines) as, in the long run, they can be a helluvalot more expensive than the kits themselves. Some of you may not use any at all, and that's perfectly understandable.

But for those of you who want to get that paint scheme right, or want to see what that cockpit looks like or if you simply just want to learn more about what you're building, where do you go for that info?

I am a self admitted reference freak. Tongue [:P] I've spent WAY too much on WAY too many books, rags etc. As a consequence, I've compiled a good sized reference source for almost any aircraft (and to a lesser extent, every targ... er, tank or fast targ... er, race car) that I could ever want to build. I've also amassed a huge archive of clippings, articles, actual photographs and much more that fills a few file cabinets. (What this all means is that I must go out in search of a life someday!)

So for me, I just walk over the the bookshelves or the file cabinets and I find what I want. I also utilize the net to a great extent. My hard drive is SCREAMING at me to fill up some CD's and get rid of this schtuff so I can defrag the drive. Many of you probably rely on the net for alot of your modeling needs in general, never mind reference.

One suggestion I have is this; if you would like to have a decent reference library but haven't $$$ to spend on a ton of books or 10 to 12 magazines a month, a good option would be a quarterly periodical called "International Air Power Review" which is published by AIRtime Publishing. These are the same folks who publish "Combat Aircraft" magazine and dozens of excellent books on varying military aviation subjects.

"International Air Power Review" is a rather expensive rag, $20 an issue, [:0]Dead [xx(]Tongue [:P] but it's not your average magazine. It's a freakin' book! Each issue has over 500 photos and a TON of info on alotta different subjects pertaining to military aviation. Mostly modern subjects are covered, with a few articles devoted to vintage subjects.

There were two other identical rags published by the same lot, "Wings of Fame" (dealt with mainly vintage stuff; Vietnam and back) and "World Air Power Journal" (all modern stuff). You can still find these here and there and can also get them directly from AIRtime. If you're interested in these rags, here's a link to AIRtime's website:

http://www.airtimepublishing.com/

Like I said, these things are expen$ive, but they're well worth it. And no, I haven't been paid by AIRtime for this plug! LOL Tongue [:P]

So, in any event, let's hear from you folks! Any fellow "freaks" out there?

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Posted by Butz on Friday, March 14, 2003 4:23 PM
WHAAZZZ UP Wolf,
I too am a "reference freak" and I can not lie LMAO. My library is not as large as my buds but darn close.
My ref consists of In Action, Concord, Detail & Scale, Osprey,Koku-Fan, FAOTW,Warbird Tech,Air Power, Combat A/C, orig a/c manuels and so on..!! WOW does anyone have a Snickers bar????. I also have a nice library of orig pics from WWII - Present.
I feel that reference material is like a "drug", the more I have the better I feelTongue [:P]. In all I am more confident in what I do. OK I am a stickler when it comes to accuracy. My PC is full of ref material aswell. Just ask Blackwolf.
Like he mentioned above, its how much you want to spend plus how much you want to get into building. Its all in how you feel ,how much knowledge you want and how much you want your hobby to grow.
Hey in our club, I feel Wolf and myself are only a few who really ref. before we build.
We are a rare breed(I am the first to admit it LOL..!!!) Big Smile [:D]
Flaps up, Mike

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Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, March 14, 2003 4:30 PM
Hey Butz, what kinds of helicopter pics do you have?
Lee

Hi, I am Lee, I am a plastiholic.

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Posted by Butz on Friday, March 14, 2003 4:39 PM
Whaz up Midnight,
Helos is the only area that I dont have a lot of photos on :-( But its in the works thou. Flaps up, Mike

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 14, 2003 5:23 PM
i only resurched 4 things: ta 152, f4 coursair, mig 19, and mig 15. the only book i bought was the f4 coursair which was squadron/signal f4 coursair in action. anyone have any books to sell? im looking for ta 152 or f4 phantom
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Posted by berny13 on Friday, March 14, 2003 6:40 PM
Detail and Scale, In Action series, Walk Around series, Aerofax Minigraph sereis, Wings, Airpower, and a lot of pictures taken of a lot of aircraft. On some aircraft, personal experience and knowledge.

Berny

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Posted by mostlyjets on Friday, March 14, 2003 7:39 PM
I thought International Air Power Review went belly up? I used to have a subscription years ago and enjoyed the hell out of it for reference material. I'm kind of a carnivor of mags, but I'm finding alot on the internet as well...and printing that is alot cheaper...uh er, physcally conservative! Alot of my reference stuff just come from just seeing something by chance, or get a wild hair to dig up stuff and either photocopy or purchase. It also helps to be a photocopy technician in a university library! I agree with Butz that it's a drug! I'm ALWAYS jonesin' for more research material.
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Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Friday, March 14, 2003 7:44 PM
Mostlyjets,

World Air Power Journal and Wings of Fame were published simultaneously for awhile, then they both eventually were discontinued in favor of the new International Air Power Review. Same format, combination of the two subject matter types. A combo of modern and vintage stuff. I miss Wings of Fame, THAT was a great rag!

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 14, 2003 9:05 PM
Hi everyone, my name is Jim and I am a reference junkie. I seem to spend more time reading about a modeling subject than I actually spend building. Since I have become the webmaster for my local club, all the web sites that I track down for a subject end up in the clubs links page (saves me the trouble of tracking down a site). I currently have 16 feet of wall space dedicated to my ‘modeling’ reference books and another 4 feet for the modeling magazines (floor to ceiling). I think that I need help…..
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  • From: Pominville, NY
Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Friday, March 14, 2003 10:46 PM
Hello, Jim!

Welcome to RJA, Reference Junkies Anonymous. We're here to help you in any way we can despite the fact that, like Butz and I, you seem to be beyond help! Tongue [:P] I'm afraid I'm in the same boat as you, I haven't bothered to actually measure how far up to my kneck I am in reference, however! LOL Matter of fact, there's so much of it, I couldn't even find the tape measure if I wanted to... hehe

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Posted by eagle334 on Saturday, March 15, 2003 5:11 PM
My main source of reference is I steal (borrow) it from my friend Steve, who by the way is putting together a pretty nice little website WWW.spasticforplastic.1hwy.com check it out. Plus another guy I know, Fathead.

Wayne D.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 15, 2003 6:15 PM
Books in my collection. Pictures of aircraft that I have taken. Crew members of that airframe. The US Air Force Museum website. The Air Force website. And searchs on the internet. That is the extent of my reference material.
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Posted by BlackWolf3945 on Sunday, March 16, 2003 12:01 AM
AH! Shameless plugs are a thing of beauty! Thanks for that one, Wayne. Hope you're enjoying the new wheels!

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Posted by garyfo on Monday, March 17, 2003 11:56 AM
I've got a sentimental favorite. It's one of those big picture books of aiprlanes from WW2, with all the multi-page pullouts and diagrams. It's not really that good for reference.

What it is good for is to remind me of all the good times my dad and I have had building kits together.

Usually inspires a phone call to him to see what he's working on too.
Gary
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Posted by John P on Monday, March 17, 2003 12:24 PM
Anything and everything. Air International/Air Entusiast going back to 1971; Squadron In-Action books, the abovementioned airtime publishing titles goig back to issue 1; any and all books (Schiffer, Monogram, you name it).... Gotta get it where ya can.
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