I’m essentially done with the drafting portion of the exercise. Now to finish the writing. I had planned on releasing ll five at once, but due to external factors I’ll almost certainly have to split this up. So… which ones do people want more? The publications forthcoming are Fighters, Bombers, Transports, Launchers and Recon & Research. Comment below…
Coming soonish: the return of USXP publications. Five are under current development and are mostly done. There is a new title in the bunch… USRP. Strictly speaking it should probably be USR&RP… United States Research and Recon Projects. Perhaps Recon and Research aren’t necessarily the most obvious categories to link together into a single title, but apart from the vitally important alliteration, there is this important fact: compared to, say, Bombers, there aren’t that many Recon and Research projects out there.
If there are specific proposals, or general categories you’d like to see in future publications, feel free to comment below.
I’ve been running the Aerospace Projects Review Patreon project for a bit over two years now. Every month, Patrons get rewarded with sets of aerospace history stuff… currently, one large-format diagram or piece of artwork, three documents and, depending on level of patronage, an all-new CAD diagram of an aerospace subject of interest. More than two dozen such packages have been put together so far and distributed. Given that you can get in on this for as little as $1.50 a month (for 125-dpi scans… $4/month for full-rez 300 dpi scans) and you get at least four items, that’s a pretty good bargain compared to the individual aerospace drawings and documents.
Patrons who signed up after the process got underway can now get “back issues” of the previously released rewards packages. A catalog of more than the first years worth has just been posted; each month will see an updated catalog posted for Patrons to order from. So if you are interested, check out the APR Patreon page to see how to sign up; if you are already a patron, check out the catalog here.
NOTE: Not the best photos, but… ehh, what’re ya gonna do…
I have a new batch of physical media… digital prints and old-school cyanotype blueprints. What sets these apart is that they are BIG.
First, a book: Space Transportation System Diagrams. This is a collection of 27 wide format (the standard 11 inches high… but up to *40* inches wide) Space Shuttle diagrams. They are all official NASA.industry diagrams, painstakingly cleaned, depicting all aspects of the STS. Includes numerous instrument panel diagrams as well as structural arrangements, general arrangements, insulation/tile layouts, etc. This is available for $75.
Ten were printed. NOW SOLD OUT..
STS Diagrams book: $75
Second, some very large digital prints of the Shuttle orbiter underside tile maps. Three maps provided… left wing, right wing and fuselage. They are all 20 inches high, with the centerline diagram being about 80 inches long. Shows you where every tile goes,
all for only $30. This has sold out. If you are interested, send me an email and I’ll let you know when/if more are made available.
Third: 1/72 scale cyanotype blueprints, handmade, of the Space Launch System Block 1 launch vehicle. This blueprint is 24 inches wide by about 67 inches long, based on a CAD layout of my own creation and is available for $80.
1/72 SLS Cyanotype Blueprint: $80
All of these are likely going to be available for only a limited time. I’ve had ten copies of the STS Diagram Book printed; each is individually numbered. So far, one sold. The 1/72 SLS is also likely to be only limited print run; while undeniably awesome, it is kinda big, and I think I’d do better to replace the 1/72 diagram with a 1/144 version. So snap ’em up fast before they become collectors items!
As always with physical items, postage is required. A single flat fee is charged no matter how many items… if you’re in the US, you pay $10 in postage is you order one item or a dozen (so order a dozen). Elsewhere… costs a little more.
US postage: $10
I’ve recently figured out how to get reliably good-quality vector graphic PDF files from my AutoCAD diagrams.These differ from standard “raster” graphics like GIFs and JPGs in that they are composed of scalable lines rather than pixels; this means that they can be printed off at many scales and they’ll retain clarity.
I think a lot of the diagrams would look quite good printed in large format; I’ve previously mentioned that I’m working on a few diagrams specifically for printing off on large format (24X36) mylar, but I’ve others that I think would also look good scaled for 18X24. I’m making these first seven diagrams available, formatted and scaled for 18X24. They can be viewed on screen, printed on a standard printer or printed by a large format printer all with equal clarity.
If this idea appeals, be sure to tell your friends, family, foes, anyone you think might be interested. Also be sure to comment if there are any diagrams I’ve previously created for APR, USXP or elsewhere that you’d like to see in this format. Some of them would be best as multi-sheet diagrams. Suggestions on how to improve also appreciated.
CAD 007: Northrop Low Altitude Penetrator
A 1/72 diagram of a 1979 design for a B-2 alternate configuration
Download for $3
A 1/96 scale diagram of the 1979 Rockwell D645-4a spanloader bomber.
Download for $3
A 1/144 scale diagram of the Manned Spacecraft Center MSC Orbiter 020, a 1972 Space Shuttle concept with a single 260″ solid rocket booster.
Download for $3
A 1/350 scale diagram of the 1971 Boeing Resource Air Carrier (AKA RC-1, AKA “Brute Lifter”) designed as a flying oil tanker for the arctic.
Download for $3
A 1/72 scale diagram of the Martin-Marietta “Zenith Star” experimental space-based laser for the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Download for $3
A 1/24 diagram of the Lockheed “Harvey,” the initial concept for a low radar cross section strike platform that eventually became the F-117.
Download for $3
A 1/32 diagram of the North American Rockwell D-541-4 “Surprise Fighter” from 1973, an early stealth concept designed to sneak up on Soviet AWACS planes.
Download for $3
Download all seven for $18.90 (10% off)
I admit that the USBP series looks kinda… bland. It’s text and line drawings; not a whole lot can be done to jazz that up. Especially since I have no head for graphics design whatsoever apart from layout diagrams.
Still, one reader sent me a mockup of a revised cover of USBP #18:
Things are moved around a little bit, but the obvious change is the addition of color. The suggestion was also made to consider color-coding each title in the USXP series. Just off the top of my head, I came up with:
Bombers: Olive Drab
Launch Vehicles: Blue on bottom, transitioning to black at the top
Fighters: slightly bluish gray (like the F-15 or F-22)
The USBP#18 cover was re-done to reflect this, thusly:
Thoughts? Is this more appealing?How about color-coding… good idea or not? And if so, what colors?
I tried something vaguely like this once before, with USBP#05.
This is not a temporary sale, but the new pricing structure. If you go HERE, you can buy downloadables for half off by buying in quantities as low as six.
Now available: two new US Aerospace Projects titles.
US Bomber Projects #18
US Bomber Projects #18 is now available (see HERE for the entire series). Issue #18 includes:
- Boeing Model 726-13: A nuclear powered bomber with the cockpit in the tail
- Martin Model 164: A pre-war high altitude twin-tailed bomber
- North American WS-110A: An early concept for what became the B-70, with “floating wingtips”
- Convair MX-1593: An Early, large five-engined Atlas ICBM concept
- Boeing Model 701-299-1: The final XB-59 supersonic bomber design
- Boeing Model 464-72: A B-52 with pusher turboprops
- Boeing F-15GSE Global Strike Eagle: An unmanned F-15 with a giant missile on its back General Dynamics – Light Weight Attack Configuration 29: An advanced ground attacker with vectored thrust
USBP #18 can be downloaded as a PDF file for only $4:
US Transport Projects #6
US Transport Projects #06 is now available (see HERE for the entire series). Issue #06 includes:
- Lockheed CL-408-15: An early Mach 3 SST
- Lockheed L-155-4: A very early 8-engine jetliner
- Boeing Model 754-4V: A very-wide-bodied cargo hauler for Husky
- Gates Learjet PD1502A: A four-seater with a turbofan
- Convair Comet Seaplane: An American idea for turning a British jetliner into Flying Boat
- Lockheed Twin C-5 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft: Two C-5’s mated together to carry a Shuttle between them
- Boeing Model 765-096 Rev A “SUGAR Volt”: A hybrid jetliner
- CRC HOT EAGLE – Super Global Troop Transport: Finally, hard data on a rocket transport for Special Forces and Marines
USTP #06 can be downloaded as a PDF file for only $4:
And don’t forget…
I’ve babbled about this a time or two in the past, but the specifics keep changing. But I think I’m zeroing in on the final form. The diagram below is meant for 24 X 36; the diagrams are at 1/72 scale. The final print will be black ink on white translucent mylar.
As shown here, it’s still a ways away from being complete; much more data to add, some refinements and additions to the diagrams, perhaps some artistic flourishes (though since I’m apparently devoid of any actual artistic talent, that sort of thing will be kept to an engineering minimum).
There will be only a limited number of these printed up, based on interest expressed in advance. The price is yet to be determined, but $50 is a very high upper limit. That comes from the price of something vaguely similar… the 24X36-on-white-mylar blueprints of the Nostromo from “Alien” and the Sulaco from “Aliens” that used to be available here:
Those two I got a few years ago, but only recently got around to framing (cheapo poster frames, but frames nonetheless). They look *spectacular.* And as they are substantially more spectacular than the X-20/Titan IIIc, my diagrams shouldn’t be priced at the same level.
If anyone has suggestions, I’d be interested.
Now available… the first of two new US Aerospace Projects titles.
US Fighter Projects #1
US Fighter Projects #01 is now available (see HERE for the entire series). Issue #01 includes:
- Tremulis “Zero Fighter:” A World War II era two-stage rocket propelled, vertically launched interceptor
- North American Rockwell D-541-4 “Surprise Fighter:” An early stealth fighter concept with flip-out wings
- Republic TFX: An unconventionally-configured variable-sweep design, competed to become the F-111
- Martin Model 302: A large four-engined supersonic interceptor loaded with missiles
- Convair Nuclear Powered Interceptor Configuration II: A single-seat design with a nuclear reactor
- NAF Float-Wing Interceptor: A WWII small flying boat to be carried by small ships
- Martin Pursuit-Type Airplane: An early WWII-era design with a prone pilot
- Boeing Model 1074-0006: A 1980’s design for a hydrogen-fueled hypersonic monster
USFP #01 can be downloaded as a PDF file for only $4:
US VTOL Projects #1
US VTOL Projects #01 is now available (see HERE for the entire series). Issue #01 includes:
- Ryan Model 162: A three-lift-fan ground attack plane with a minimum wing
- NACA VTOL Bomber: A slim six-engined supersonic concept
- Bell X-14C: A three-engine low cost close support plane
- Lockheed GL-224-2: A small rescue craft that can dock in flight with a C-130
- Bell D270A-900-112: A tilt-rotor that has folding props
- Boeing Model 837-313: A minor design for a fighter like a Harrier with variable-sweep wings
- Hughes Hot Cycle Rotor/Wing Composite Research Aircraft: Use the exhaust from a jet engine to spin up a triangular rotor blade…
- Lockheed CL-1026: A civilian derivative of the AH-56, to carry passengers from city center to city center
USVP #01 can be downloaded as a PDF file for only $4: