PDA

View Full Version : Incredible Book(s) - Does anyone else have them?



dugong
11-10-2005, 08:48 PM
I broke out the Great Book of World War II Airplanes after a few years on the shelf. Consequently, I dusted of the cover of its companion book, The Great Book of Modern Airplanes. They are each over 600 pages in length and they weigh 10 pounds each! They are replete with pictures, diagrams, data, facts, and stories. They contain cockpit diagrams, component drawings, photos, triple page foldouts, cutaway illustrations, etc. All illustrated by Rikyu Watannabe. I am an artist (see my sig, I dabble with aviation themes on occasion) and Watanabe in my opinion is a technical god.

So, I got to wondering how much these books were worth. I searched the internet for ISBN numbers. The Great Book Of World War II fighters is ISBN 0-517-16024-2. I found almost next to nothing. I searched Ebay as well. No dice. I think I paid 75 bucks for each. List price on the cover is $195. It seems there were a series of individual publications that were compiled for each respective volume.

So, does anyone else have these books? I would think they are rare and worth quite a bit. If ever there were inspiration to fly sims, these books would be it!

dugong
11-10-2005, 08:48 PM
I broke out the Great Book of World War II Airplanes after a few years on the shelf. Consequently, I dusted of the cover of its companion book, The Great Book of Modern Airplanes. They are each over 600 pages in length and they weigh 10 pounds each! They are replete with pictures, diagrams, data, facts, and stories. They contain cockpit diagrams, component drawings, photos, triple page foldouts, cutaway illustrations, etc. All illustrated by Rikyu Watannabe. I am an artist (see my sig, I dabble with aviation themes on occasion) and Watanabe in my opinion is a technical god.

So, I got to wondering how much these books were worth. I searched the internet for ISBN numbers. The Great Book Of World War II fighters is ISBN 0-517-16024-2. I found almost next to nothing. I searched Ebay as well. No dice. I think I paid 75 bucks for each. List price on the cover is $195. It seems there were a series of individual publications that were compiled for each respective volume.

So, does anyone else have these books? I would think they are rare and worth quite a bit. If ever there were inspiration to fly sims, these books would be it!

polak5
11-11-2005, 02:44 AM
Are u looking to sell??
If u are u can try ebay and see what something similar is selling for.

woofiedog
11-11-2005, 03:05 AM
Rikyu Watanabe books are some of the best in print... he was also a pilot during the 2WW.

He has some of the best tech drawings printed about 2WW Aircraft.

Extremely Good series... although I'm short a couple of the books from the series though.

dugong
11-11-2005, 04:58 PM
Nah - not looking to sell. I am just curious. I had no idea Rikyu was a pilot in the second war to end all wars. Cool.

Crimea_River
11-11-2005, 05:47 PM
I've got the WWII book and it's great. Fantastic illustrations and an excellent reference.

Bought it for $100 CDN in '93 and I'm NOT selling!

turnipkiller
11-12-2005, 01:48 PM
I also have the WW2 airplanes book. I got it for Christmas many years ago, after my parents saw me drooling all over it at a bookstore. I think at the time it was 50 bucks Canadian. Unfortunately, I took out a couple of the nice foldout profiles, but I will have them framed some day to save them from damage. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Feathered_IV
11-12-2005, 04:03 PM
I've got a copy of the WWII one. I first saw it when I was about eight years old. Lusted after it for years.

While I was at Uni, my girlfriend (who I also lusted after) bought me a copy for Au$110 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif.

You can also buy the same book in single chapter editions instead of all-together. I've seen them in second hand bookshops from time to time.

Waldo.Pepper
11-12-2005, 09:36 PM
I have it. Not selling mine either.

FI_Willie
11-13-2005, 10:31 AM
I got mine for 20 bucks about 15 years ago. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Bo_Nidle
11-13-2005, 11:34 AM
I've had the Great Book of modern warplanes in my collection since 1987! (God I'm old! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif )

IL2-chuter
11-13-2005, 09:16 PM
I've got both. WW2 one I know has errors (jeesh, what book doesn't) and not entirely complete, but I like it and, as mentioned previously, has great illustrations. (And even this book gets it right that the 381mph top speed of the Hellcat was achieved, as stipulated by contract, at military power not war emergency.)


http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif