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On the evening of 14 November, 2012 Edgar Brothers hosted a launch party for the 2013 Hot Shots Calendar at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, UK. SSD was on hand to witness the event. The models are all Page 3 girls from the United Kingdom. I had the opportunity to speak with models Rosie Jones, Holly Peers, India Reynolds, Emily O’Hara, Sam Cooke and Kelly Hall and I can tell you that they are all great ladies who wholeheartedly support the troops.
This year’s theme was 1940s Pinups.
Prior to the shoot hundreds of examples of period art were reviewed.
A great deal of research was conducted looking for inspiration and, as always, fashions were provided by Crye Precision.
As you can see, despite the frantic pace of shooting, Crye kept the costuming side of things quite organized.
Additionally, SureFire served as host for some of the shoot and secured some great vehicles for use as backgrounds.
And, what would a military pinup calendar be without guns? There was a little bit of a twist on these pinups tho, they feature both period as well as modern weapons and equipment.
Even after all of that, thousands of photos were taken to get just the right pose for the calendar. Here, each photo is reviewed to determine what changes must be made to lighting and pose.
And, from another angle.
So that was the calendar. Now, we can talk about the launch party. As was said, it was at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, England.
They did a great job making the place up for the party as you can see. Who could ever say ‘No’ to a 40 foot Kelly Hall?
The models signed calendars for the troops in attendance and mingled with the crowd. Looks like the squaddies from the local TA unit had a brilliant time.
In addition to great company and food, we were entertained by British X-Factor 2010 finalist Ruth Lorenzo who hails from Canada. She performed a couple of numbers that really showcased her talent.
While we had a great time, ultimately, we were all there to aid Help for Heroes. 50% of the proceeds for UK sales of the Hot Shots Calendar go to Help for Heroes which runs Tedworth House, Personal Recovery Centre for wounded troops and their families. Here, we see Edgar Brothers Director, Derek Edgar presenting a cheque to Denise Mellor of Hope for Heroes for an additional £ 6,000 (GBP).
Here are some of the recovering troops at Tedworth House, Personal Recovery Centre which is funded by Help for Heroes to help put a face on that donation.
If you haven’t ordered your 2013 Hot Shots Calendar, the playing cards, or badges yet, it’s still not too late. Just visit Purchase calendars at www.hotshotscalendar.com to support Hot Shots and their charities, Help for Heroes and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Remember, 50% of proceeds go to these charities.
Follow Hot Shots on Facebook – www.facebook.com/hotshotscalendar
Last month, SSD infiltrated an agent into the Hot Shots 2013 Calendar Launch (you’ll get to read all about it tomorrow) with the specific task of liberating a signed 2013 limited edition SSD version of the calendar as a prize for a lucky SSD reader. Here it is.
Our man in Manchester stood in line clutching the calendar. Once he made it to the head of the line (and was able to untie his tongue to ask for their help) he secured the signatures of all six calendar models. This year’s Hot Shots calendar is inspired by pinups of the 40s and 50s and they’ve done a bang up job on the bawdy playing cards as well (see the sampling below). And, as always, 50% of proceeds go to military charities.
Grand Prize is the signed limited edition SSD version of the Hot Shots 2013 calendar along with a deck of playing cards.
Eight second prize winners will receive an unsigned copy of the limited edition SSD version of the Hot Shots 2013 calendar along with a deck of playing cards.
To enter for your chance to win:
In the comments section of THIS article on SSD (and nowhere else) tell us your favorite Christmas present. Remember, post in comments section of THIS article on SSD.
Contest continues through the rest of this Christmas Eve on through Christmas Day and ends at 2359Z on Boxing Day 26 December, 2012.
Use any nom de guerre you desire but use your real email address as we will use it to contact the winners to request your shipping address.
Unclaimed prizes will be redistributed.
Void Where prohibited.
Good luck and Happy Christmas from SSD!
It’s not too late to order your 2013 Hot Shots Calendar, the playing cards, or badges. Just visit Purchase calendars at www.hotshotscalendar.com to support Hot Shots and their charities, Help for Heroes and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Remember, 50% of proceeds go to these charities. Big thanks to the folks behind Hot Shots – Edgar Brothers, Smith Optics Elite Division, Daniel Defense, Independent Studio Services, Crye Precision, and Magpul Industries.
Follow Hot Shots on Facebook – www.facebook.com/hotshotscalendar
In honor of this Veteran’s Day, enter for a chance to win one of 12 limited edition SSD variants of the 2013 Hot Shots calendar. This year’s Hot Shots calendar is inspired by pinups of the 40s and 50s. Like always 50% of proceeds go to military charities.
There was a limited run of SSD variant 2013 Hot Shots calendars produced and this is your chance to win yours. We will be giving away one of these to 12 different, lucky SSD readers.
These badges were designed for use with the 2011 Hot Shots Calendar. Sales of the pinup calendar are used to raise funds for several US military charities as well as the UK’s Help for Heroes. Interest in these badge designs has been so great that Hot Shots plans to make them into morale patches and perhaps stickers. Look for them, as well as the launch of the 2013 calendar soon from www.hotshotscalendar.com.
Thanks to our friends at Smith Optics Elite, we recently gave you a sneak peek of a few of the 2013 Hot Shots calendar girls. But, we didn’t want to leave out the other two; Holly Peers and Emily O’Hara.
Photos courtesy Smith Optics Elite
This interview-style video features models Rosie Jones and India Reynolds and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the Hot Shots Calendar girls. It’s not recommended for work so you should probably watch it from home.
Several SSD sponsors are working on this project. Smith Optics, Magpul and Crye Precision along with the UK’s Edgar Bros have banded together to help the Hot Shots Calendar project generate revenue for injured US & UK Service men and women.
Please remember, you can purchase a 2012 calendar, posters and cards at www.hotshotscalendar.com. 50% of the proceeds are donated to the UK based Help for Heroes.
You’ve seen the calendars here on SSD and this is Hot Shots‘ 5th year. They’ve just launched posters of their stunning pinups in video game inspired poses. Don’t forget that 50% of the proceeds are donated to the UK based Help for Heroes.
Be aware that some of the posters at the link are not safe for the work environment. Open with care.
Tiny MultiCam hotpants, body paint and smoldering poses â€“ this yearâ€™s HOTSHOTS calendar is hotter than ever! Now in its fifth year, the twelve sizzling photographs feature the very latest military kit distributed by Edgar Brothers, as well as some of the hottest glamour models in the UK today!
The brainchild of UK-based Edgar Brothersâ€™ Police & Military Division, the HOTSHOTS calendar was shot on location at SureFireâ€™s headquarters in glamourous Los Angeles. First launched in 2007, with a modest print run of just 500 calendars, 2012 is the biggest print run to date with 50,000 calendars produced worldwide.
Edgar Brothersâ€™ managing director, Derek Edgar, said: â€œEvery year we strive to improve on the previous yearâ€™s calendar and 2012 is no exception. This yearâ€™s inspiration was taken from the worlds favorite online gaming scenarios and the models couldnâ€™t wait to be drafted in for this yearâ€™s call of duty!â€
As always, 50% of the proceeds generated from HOTSHOTS 2012 will be donated to the Help for Heroes charity.