It’s been a busy year here at KLP, kicked off by a major house move back in January that put new product development on hiatus until June! Since then, things have been full steam ahead, and now that our latest title, Building the Airfix F6F-5 Hellcat in 1/24 Scale, is in the bag, I thought I’d take a look ahead to see what’s in store for 2023.
The first thing you will see from us in the new year is Volume Two of Building the British Phantoms. Work has begun, and at this stage it already looks to be epic! It will have more of everything compared to Volume One, with the page count likely to be in excess of 400.
Release is loosely scheduled for the end of January, so stay tuned for more news and information as it comes to hand. And of course, Geoff is currently working on the third and final volume, which is also due for release during 2023!
Next cab off the rank is likely to be John Kim‘s fabulous build of the Hasegawa 1/32 Fw 190D-9 kit. Those of you familiar with John’s previous KLP titles (Zoukei-Mura Ta 152H & Revell Me 262B) will know what to expect, and this latest is one of his best builds yet. Here’s a teaser image of the finished model:
John’s exacting standards and methodical approach, along with his stellar photography and clear descriptions, should make this the go-to build guide for this popular kit.
2023 will also see the triumphant return of Gary Boxall, hot off the heels of his terrific Building the Wingnut Wings Felixstowe F.2A ‘early’ in 1/32 Scale from earlier this year. Gary will continue the Wingnut Wings theme with a build guide dedicated to the company’s Pfalz D.III kit.
While still a work in progress, Gary’s build is already looking the business:
Also in the mix for next year is Chuck Sawyer‘s build of the Kitty Hawk T-6:
This book was originally slated for this year, but got pushed back due to the aforementioned house move, and the ensuing chaos it wrought! With luck, it will see the light of day in 2023.
Along with these confirmed titles, we also have a number of others in development, which may or may not come to fruition. These include build guides for the G.W.H. 1/32 Hawk 81/P-40B, the Hasegawa 1/32 Bf 109F, the Infinity Models 1/32 Vampire, and the ICM Tiger Moth.
We’re also continuing to develop the first title in our Technique Series, which will be dedicated to aircraft canopies and clear parts, and will feature contributions from Mal Mayfield, Mike Williams, Steve Evans, and yours truly.
And lastly, we also have in development a sequel to Building Large Scale Sci-Fi & Fantasy Models by Jason Gares. This title is currently in the preliminary pre-production phase, but will be similar in style and scope to the first one, and slated for release late next year. We’ll keep you posted!
As the old saying goes, if you want to make God laugh, tell him you’ve got a plan. And so I expect that what I’ve outlined above will only bear a passing resemblance to what actually has occurred by the end of 2023. But it should be an interesting and exciting year, whatever happens!
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