With the recent introduction of modern technology for scanning and the reproduction of drawings using computers, these drawings have now been copied and stored as digital images. This has allowed the drawings to be brought up to date with the inclusion of any corrections that may be required and extra details added where new information has emerged over the years. Also, many of the drawings originally published in the Classic Publications, will be revised to concentrate the details on to fewer sheets and extra annotations added to make them more representative plan packs.
These scale and cutaway drawings are based on the most comprehensive engineering data available, together with as much ‘hands on’ and photographic reference as possible. As such, each is the result of many years of effort with the emphasis being on accuracy and presentation. My varied career in the aviation industry has provided me with the experience and insight to ensure this ideal.
I have always been aware of my early attempts at finding enough information to make model aircraft in my youth, and the frustrations and difficulties this presented. As a result of this, and many years of collecting research data, I have ensured that all my drawings are as comprehensive as possible and contain more than enough information for all but a handful of the most dedicated of modellers.
The early drawings from the 1970s and 1980s are now available, for the first time, in the larger size print as undistorted reproductions. While reproductions in the magazines were accurate, the large size prints were not. At that time, the process of making the duplicate master print copy from which the prints were made introduced a stretch of the duplicate master in the direction the original drawing went through the machine, and the subsequent creation of prints for sale to the public added a second stretch to the image. This was regrettable, but unavoidable, with the technology of the time, but has now been completely eliminated with the new methods now available.