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Secret U.S. Proposals of the Cold War: Radical Concepts in Factory Models and Engineering Drawings Hardcover – 1 Oct 2011


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crecy Publishing (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859791610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859791618
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.9 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Secret U.S. Proposals of the Cold War This book gives these unique aviation artifacts new recognition through the use of original and archival photography. The book also explains the background story and mission requirements for these radical aircraft. Included are many one-of-a-kind proposal and engineering models built or commissioned by American aerospace companies. Originally conceived as working tools, these valuable models now s Full description

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Aug 2013
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I hadn't realised that much - if not all - of the book is based on conceptual designs backed up by a plethora of models most of which I'd never heard of. This is frustrating for, as a former model collector, I must have missed out on a great many aircraft close to my heart.

I've always been a fan of German end-of-war concepts and in this book we have a follow-on for concepts undertaken after the war but in the hands and minds of the Americans, no doubt helped along by designers lifted from Europe.

I have no idea if there are other concepts not covered in this book but I can imagine that it would be only a few, unless, of course, you include all those original ideas scribbled on the back of an envelope and then tossed into the bin. All of mine are in there most certainly!

Anyway, the book is really absorbing and since I am reading concurrently German Air Projects Vol 4, I can visualize all sorts of confrontations had events taken a different course.

A great book and an excellent price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PhilK on 29 July 2014
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As advertised on the tin, most of the information is compiled from models of concept aircraft. Quite well put together, with some interesting detail but a little lacking in describing the technical issues. A book rather for the knowledgeable enthusiast than the amateur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m j garner on 18 Aug 2014
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A great book with a lot of information which I had not seen before.The outline views are really usefull to inspire a modeller.
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Original Book Title Included the Word "MODELS" 12 May 2013
By M. Machat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As original Editor for this project when it first entered production with Specialty Press, I was very excited at the prospect of working with well-known model collector Jim Keeshen. From the very beginning, the purpose of this book was to illustrate innovative and revolutionary aeronautical designs of the Cold War using never-before-published photographs of original one-of-a-kind factory display models. Jim had the connections necessary to assemble this impressive array of plastic, wood, and fiberglass exotica, so Specialty Press aptly named this book "SECRET U.S. PROPOSALS OF THE COLD WAR: Radical Concepts in Factory Models & Engineering Drawings." When Specialty suspended publication in November 2010, Crecy Publishing in England acquired the book and shortened the title which led to the other comments on this page. This book was never intended to provide an in-depth written history of unbuilt aircraft proposals. Rather, it offers a fascinating inside look into that rarified strata of the model universe known as "concepts," the best of which were conceived and built during the years of the Cold War.
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The models make the book 11 May 2013
By James Pernikoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I wish to respectfully disagree with the first reviewer. There have been a number of books written in the last few years about the "what-if" years of Cold War aeronautical design, many by the Specialty Press/Crecy pairing. While this book may lack the depth of some of those, its use of depiction of manufacturers' models to show these projects is really unique among these books, and they make it a worthwhile purchase.

As a modeler myself, I appreciate the effort that went into these; as a former Grumman engineer, I remember seeing some of the included models in their marvelous Bethpage History Center. The inclusion of built-up examples of modern plastic kits helps "fill in the gaps".

If the book has one failing, it was the failure to mention the use of models to tell the story on the book cover, either in the title or subtitle. While there are other illustrations in the book, it is the photos of the models that make this different. This shouldn't be your only purchase on the topic, but you should consider making it one of them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Magic of Models 9 Jun 2013
By astrojetguy - Published on Amazon.com
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How many books do we read which are nothing but compilations of recently excavated ossified old drawings from extinct manufactureres? Jim's book goes far and above this tired formulaic approach to "secret proposals". Springing from the most inventive period of aeronautical engineering the world has ever known, the magic of this book is that we get to survey its wide variety of aircraft from a totally three dimensional perspective. Indeed, this was the very impetus behind the manufacturers creating these gems of miniatures: to show the product to the potential customer. Now, over half a century later in many cases, we too can appreciate the ingenuity and design "problem solving" which the bright engineering minds who came before us offered the defense community. We also have yet another chance to view the craftsmanship of the model makers of that time. This talent is today , sadly, slipping away, with few practitioners of the art remaining or even needed for that matter. I can liken the viewing of this book as similar to the respect and awe one has when seeing the works of a Renaissance painter from six centuries past. Jim Keeshen has managed to ferret-out and photograph often times stupendous aircraft concepts which have disappeared from the conciusness of most everyone who ever had any kind of inkling about or participation in the state of the world and the design prowess of the United States during the inappropriately named white-hot period of conflict known as the Cold War. Easy to read and perfectly categorized by overall mission/type, this book will make smile anyone who collects models, loves aviation, or studies our history. What a fine piece of work! Craig Kodera, June 2013
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great for modelers! 24 Jun 2013
By foggybottom - Published on Amazon.com
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The book reminds me of my trips to US Air Force Museum in Fairborn. They have a magnificent collection of same-scale aircraft through the years. This book has a magnificent collection of models of secret and never-built aircraft from the Cold War era. Whether as a source for historical modeling, kit-bashing, or fantasy modeling, this volume is a unique resource.

In my opinion, it's even better than books offering multi-elevation line drawings of aircraft. The models are masterfully done, beautifully and usefully photographed, and well-captioned.

I understand from other reviews that it was originally titled with a reference to the models that are its forte. I almost missed the book until I read that review. Glad I didn't.

The price seems fair and reasonable and the quality of the volume promises long-lasting life.

Hours of incredibly fun reading and innumerable ideas for projects.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Secret U.S. Proposals of the Cold War [Hardcover] 3 Jun 2013
By Allyson Vought - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Its great to see these models in print. All too often they are hidden away in museums or in private collections. The book gives a broad look at the Golden Age of aviation when there were many designs to meet the mission. Some were wild and beyond imagination, others a bit more conventional, but to actually see them in 3D makes for a better understanding of that the designers were favoring at the time. A MUST have for any aviation enthusiast. There is years of collecting here that will delight the eye!
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