Book Requirements - Photographs Request

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  1. plane_canadian

    plane_canadian New Member

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    Hello, forum-goers.

    I've recently been contracted to write a book on some of the relatively lesser-known aircraft of World War Two. The difficulty being I need to provide photos/illustrations and archives can be frankly ridiculous in their prices. I've just finished schooling (again!) so tuition has left me precariously drained. So, as I ever have in these things, I turn to you the community.

    If you can help me find images I can use that are at least 1MB in size/quality, I will make sure that your name (or username if you'd prefer) is credited in the book. If you know someone who does aircraft illustrations, I'm also very willing to talk to them.

    The list of aircraft for the book is as follows:

    Aichi B7A
    Avia B-534
    Bachem "Natter"
    Bell P-59 Aircomet C
    Bloch MB152
    Boeing P-26
    Boulton-Paul Defiant
    Breda Ba.88
    Brewster Buffalo
    Caudron C.714
    Commonwealth Boomerang
    Dewoitine D.520
    Dornier Do.19
    Fisher P-75 Eagle
    Focke-Wulf Fw187 Falke
    Fokker G.1
    Fokker D.XXI
    Gloster Gladiator
    Grumman XF5F
    Heinkel He 177
    Heinkel He280
    Henschel Hs123
    Ikarus IK-2
    Kawasaki Ki-100
    Macchi C.205 Veltro
    Messerschmitt Me 209
    Messerschmitt Me 210/410
    Nakajima Ki-84
    Piaggo P.108
    Polikarpov I-15 / I-153
    Polikarpov Po-2
    PZL P-37 "Los"
    PZL P-11c
    Savoia-Marchetti SM79
    Vought OS2U Kingfisher
    Westland Lysander
    Westland Welkin


    My sincerest thanks in advance for any help you can provide! Both I and my dwindling bank account will be ever grateful!
     
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    I can get you pictures of a Westland Lysander. Just let me know what type of view you need.
     
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    GrauGeist Well-Known Member

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    Many of those images are available via U.S. military archives, Bundesarchiv or the UK Military Archives.

    You most likely will not find modern images as many of those aircraft simply do not exist anymore.
     
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    Like Dave said, national archives are the best repositories for images, but the cost is high and if you are not in a hurry, the time taken can be lengthy before the requests are published. The minimum resolution for a published image in the magazines I write for is 300 pixels per inch, which assits in sizing images and for many of the sources I go to, I can get digital imges smaller than 1 MB but are still meeting the requirement for publication. Find out what this is, specifically resolution of the image - this is probably the most important as the physical size of the image can be enlarged or reduced during the page layout process as long as the resolution is adequate.

    How much text are you producing on each type, Plane Canadian? In that list I've written about a couple of the types and had the articles published, specifically the Boulton Paul Defiant and have images from my Defiant research, although all are smaller than the 1 MB size you are after. I have images of the sole survivor on display at the RAF Museum as well. I'll PM you.
     
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    Well, the answer there is "any" - I'm not picky. I leave it to your aesthetic sense!
     
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    American planes you can probably get them from the NMUSAF site you just have to credit them. You can also visit the US National Archives (NARA) and scan them for free, however as a foreign national I am not sure how that works. I will be going there in about a month for my own project if you can wait that long.
     
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    Tracker: the answer there is, really, 'any'. I leave it to your aesthetic sense. The more high-res the better, is really the only condition.

    GrauGeist: I am well aware of these conditions. The Bundesarchiv was my next stop. The US archives are just as prohibitively expensive as the Canadian, thus far, but I'll keep trying.

    Nuuumannn: They specifically handed me the size, rather than the pixels. I'll go through their guides again, but the emphasis was on the size thus far.

    As for the text, I doubt there will be particularly much, to my chagrin. I'd prefer to write at vast lengths on most of these aircraft. The text total stands at 80,000 words at present. And as I mentioned in my PM back, thank you very much - that's a huge start for me. The aviation community has never let me down, not in all the years I've dealt with it.

    vikingBerserker: I'll give that site a try, and the publication date isn't for a while yet, so I can definitely wait a little. Thank you for letting me know!

    Thank you all, actually, before I forget!
     
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    You need one-o-them big Janes aicraft books. I had to toss mine out when I moved, no one wanted it, even for 10 bucks!
     
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