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Hot Shots Calendar Launch Party

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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.

The Calendar

But before we can talk about the launch, we have to discuss the calendar itself. Back in August the models, film crew, and supporting cast of sponsors and various camp followers (us included) descended upon the Los Angeles, CA area for the photo shoot.

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.

The Launch Party

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.

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

Happy Christmas Giveaway – From SSD and Hot Shots Calendar

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

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

Hot Shots Veteran’s Day Giveaway

Friday, November 9th, 2012

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.


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