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Bruce Sturgillís The Big Book of RV Aircraft

A great holiday shopping idea

RV cover

It’s getting close to that time of the year again, thinking of what you’d like your spouse, kids, or significant other to get you for Christmas. An excellent gift that comes to mind (besides avionics or an engine) is one that can be enjoyed by you family, and friends, now and for many years to come. One such gift would be a coffee table book of airplanes—and not just any old airplane book, but one devoted only to RV aircraft. The Big Book of RV Aircraft is Bruce Sturgill’s second coffee table book on a specific aircraft type. The first was The Big Book of Canards, put together using pictures taken by photographers, owners, and builders of canard aircraft from around the world, just like the RV book. 

Why did Bruce decide to create a coffee table book? Well, as an avid photographer, he appreciates good photos and finds it challenging to share them in person with someone at his computer. Most computer workstations are designed for single-seat viewing, not side-by-side seating or tandem for that matter. Also, computer screens don’t really do justice to the quality of some photographs, and there’s nothing like the feel of a good quality book in your hands. So, with the large number of photographs available on the Internet, Bruce decided it was time to create a coffee table book, starting with canard aircraft.

Canards
The Canards book cover, front and back
Larger view

RV
The RV book cover, front and back
Larger view

Both Canards and RV books are hardbound, 10 x 12 inch, and full color, with photos from Russia to Twin Oaks Airpark, Oregon. The RV book has 86 pages with 121 pictures that range from the RV-3 to the RV-12. The Canards book has 80 pages and 147 photos of almost every kind of canard aircraft out there. The beauty and creativity of the pictures from the canard and RV community are amazing, and Bruce says that it’s been a real joy to work with such outstanding photos.

“I have to say, for the first book, my learning curve was steep with the way they were produced,” Bruce says. “It was quite an undertaking.” With so many photos submitted and the different levels of quality, it did take some work to make everything look balanced. “The photos, as I like to say, were weeded and fertilized, some more than others.” By this, Bruce means that they were edited, from taking out entire airplanes to just adding color correction so that the photos popped. "Overall, it was well worth the time and effort that went into creating these books, especially when I receive wonderful compliments from folks around the globe.”

RV-10

RV-10

Images from inside each book
Click each for a larger view

With today’s easy-to-use software, Bruce encourages everyone to try his hand at creating a photo book. “It’s not as difficult as it may seem,” Bruce says. “Next month, I’ll show  just how easy it is to make your own photo book, something you’ll be proud to pass among family and friends. We’ll explore the process of a simple book for your project or aircraft.” Bruce tells us that Apple, Snapfish, and Blurb, are just a few of the many companies that you can choose from to create a photo book, and all have easy-to-use templates ranging from drag-and-drop to Blurb’s “full creative control” for more professional details. “This one’s great for those of us that like to tweak till the cows come home, so to speak,” he says. 

With Apple, you’ll need to use iPhoto software to create your photo book. With Snapfish, you create your book online without the need for extra software. With Blurb, you have three bookmaking tools to choose from. The easy-to-use templates allow you to create simple photo books using just the Internet—no software to download. For Blurb’s other two bookmaking programs, you’ll need to download their software (Mac or PC) to your computer.

Drop by Bruce’s website, www.PursuitofFlight.com, and take a tour of both books to see if it’s something you might want to pass along to your spouse or significant other for a possible Christmas gift. While there, enjoy some of the videos he’s produced over the years for himself and friends.

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