This site contains material on World War II era aircraft recovered from WWII-contemporary magazines.
The site was originally conceived as a marketing arm for a series of disks of compiled data with such topics as: "B-17 Flying Fortress", featuring articles, photos, ads and related material on the Flying Fortress; "Axis and Allies", featuring articles and photos dealing with Axis and Allied aircraft and air forces; "P-51 Mustang"; "Engines, propellers and accessories"; and so forth. As I have worked my way through my source material, it has become obvious that the nature of the material, the way I want to structure it (and I have become a lot more interested in some of the peripheral considerations, such as the "miracle of production" as I have been more and more exposed to the original subject matter), and the sheer volume of material in the magazines that I have accumulated so far will take more time than I have available. Add to this the fact that I don't seem to have a good handle on what my potential customers might want in such a volume, and I have decided to change the focus of the site and of my efforts.
I will continue to scan and process material as I go along and to compile targeted collections, but the primary focus now is to make the material that I have available to the enthusiast, modeler and historian populations. TOs in my collection are mostly from scans by others, available on CDROM or by download. I will not be offering copies of these but will on request undertake to extract research material from them.
To this end, I will be offering research collections, customized to the individual customer, on M-Disc (archival DVD+R) and formatted to the customer's need. I can offer scans in any format that the GIMP or ImageMagick can create (which is most of them) at resolutions up to 300dpi, HTML (with text either direct from the original or slightly edited), and/or PDF (either of images or of text plus images recomposited). Image resolutions for HTML and PDF can be anything up to 300dpi, depending on the buyer's needs and tastes. Scanning at higher resolutions is possible, but given the quality of the source material will probably not offer much of an improvement in image quality.
Proposed charges would be $10.00 USD for the first gigabyte and $5.00 per extra gigabyte (or reasonable fraction of a gigabyte) up to the capacity of a DVD+R disc 4.7GB. Image resolutions of 600dpi (perhaps useful for line art, but excessive for photos or color renderings, which would have been printed with 100-line to 130-line screen in the originals) can be provided, but there would usually be a small extra charge.
I currently have an HP4300C scanner and a UMAX Mirage IIse B-size scanner. I scan into the GIMP for image processing. Most images are currently saved as PNG files, but I also have an archive of TIFF image files. A small number of line drawings have been converted to SVG vector files, mostly 3-view drawings.
I run Linux with the GIMP, LibreOffice and Scribus as my main publishing tools; in order to deal with some technical articles that have extensive equations, I am undertaking to learn to use LaTex. I use YAGF with Cuneiform or sometimes Tesseract) for OCR. All my HTML work is done in KWrite (KDE equivalent of Notepad), so the headers are pretty minimalist. I do not run any scripts of any kind on my HTML pages. I keep my Linux distribution and applications up-to-date with all the security fixes, so the probability of any kind of malware being included in the files is extremely low.
A Information for Researchers page describes the tools used, the design of descriptive filenames, etc.
Inquiries should be directed to LARRYMC.at.HEVANET.dot.COM. I also check FLTCMDR.at.LEGENDSINTHEIROWNTIME.dot.COM from time to time, but not regularly (that may change if any non-spam traffic starts to show up there.)
I intend to maintain a page for resources currently available, and one for entry into content on this site. There should also be one for boilerplate, copyright information, legal stuff and some basic reference material.
Some 40-odd years ago, while I was working at Caltech, a student with whom I shared interest in WWII warbirds introduced me to the bound volumes of Aviation magazine in the Aeronautics library. I was especially fascinated with the Design Analysis articles, which have the sort of nuts-and-bolts details that catch the attention of an old dirty-hands gearhead.
When I left Caltech, I bought the University Microfilm spools for 1942-1945 volumes of Aviation and a used microfilm reader. From these, I was able to print (using the public library's reader-printers) and process some of the key articles and illustrations. Unfortunately, the quality was not very good.
Then I discovered ebay. I also found Design Analysis articles on a couple of planes that hadn't been in the Aviation magazines and was so introduced to Industrial Aviation magazine and, through it, to its Ziff-Davis stablemate Flying magazine. Further research introduced me to Air Tech, which was published on behalf of the USAAF Technical Training Command. A little experimentation with some of the more consumer-oriented magazines Air Trails, Air News, Air Age, Skyways and a couple of others convinced me that my interests would be best served by sticking with the first four above. That decision also took some pressure off a fixed income. More recently I have discovered sources of period and/or type Technical Orders (TOs when I was in the avionics industry) and have been able to mine many of them for information and some additional illustrations. It turns out, as expected, that many of the illustrations in the Design Analysis articles that were the original inspiration for my research are taken directly from the TOs.
My original intent was to supply information and images to superdetailers, but some attempts with early drafts of the B-17 volume convinced me that there wasn't enough market for what amounts to a collection of old magazine clippings to justify the overhead costs of printing the collections, and I didn't want to be supplying CD-Rs and DVD-Rs that would fade if they were left sitting in the sun or in a hot car.
Then I read about M-Disc and their burnable archival media. Now I could provide useful, stable, collections to interested parties. Hence, the change in focus.
Now that Milleniata has started selling their archival Blu-Ray discs, I am able to offer interested parties a snapshot of the site, with backup files. Email me to work out terms.
I fear I am not as diligent as might be ideal in updating the site. My work pattern is to process pages somewhat sporadically though my average involvement is above 20 hours/week and upload only occasionally. I currently run my master copy of the site through "linklint" on a regular basis, so my newer uploads should not have any broken links, orphan files, or the like. But occasional restructurings, as I decide that a particular batch of information might be better linked or organized in a different way, may leave traces on the site. If you go hunting Easter eggs, you may find a few orphans, but nothing I put in there deliberately.
I hope you find the site interesting. For those of you who do, I hope you also find it useful. My intent was to provide access to information that might be difficult to find elsewhere; it evolved to wanting to provide some historical context for those looking below the surface of the nostalgic revival of interest in World War II and the "Greatest Generation" who lived through it and those who gave their "last full measure of devotion." Contemporary accounts may not be accurate as analyzed through hindsight, but they do tell what the people experienced as the events were happening. I feel this is information that should not be lost simply because it was cheaper and easier to make paper by the sulfite process.