With our 10th Anniversary just a mere 8 years away, we thought we might have an early (some would say premature!) celebratory sale. So, for the duration of this coming weekend, all purchases will be discounted by 20% when you checkout. All you have to do (and this is important!) is use the coupon code twentyoff when you checkout. The discount will then apply to the entire value of your cart. Easy!
We’ve just launched our second eBook bundle, this time bringing together our first two books on Luftwaffe subjects: the HpH 1/32 Fw 189, and the Revell 1/32 He 219A-7.
Building the HpH Fw 189 ‘Uhu’ in 1/32 Scale
In Building the HpH Fw 189, Jan Gabauer
tackles the impressive mixed-media 1/32 scale Fw 189 kit from HpH
Models. Jan navigates the complexities of the build with aplomb,
offering tips for working with resin assemblies, and overcoming the
particular challenges of this kit.
This book is a 66-page downloadable PDF.
Building the Revell He 219A-7 in 1/32 Scale
In Building the Revell He 219A-7, renowned UK modeller Iain Ogilvie
tackles the Revell 1/32 scale He 219A-7 kit, finishing it to a superb
standard. Along with plenty of hints and tips throughout the build, Iain
navigates a simple but ingenious way of correcting the kit’s major
flaw: misshapen engine nacelles that are set at an incorrect angle.
This book is a 101-page downloadable PDF.
This new bundle is available in our web shop for 20 Australian dollars:
I’m pleased to announced that work has begun on our next title in the Build Guide Series! Entitled Building the Revell P-51D-5NA Mustang in 1/32 Scale, it’s written by Jan Gabauer, and as the title suggests, it features the new-tool Revell 1/32 scale P-51D Mustang.
Jan guides you through building and painting the kit, using a small selection of aftermarket parts to enhance the build. Jan finishes the model as “Hurry Home Honey”, flown by Pete Peterson of the 357th Fighter Group, using a combination of the kit decals and an aftermarket set from Zoukei-Mura.
Stay tuned for more details about the book as they come to hand, including a release date!
Having recently released our newest title (Building the Revell He 219A-7 in 1/32 Scale), I thought I’d take some time out and do some model building of my own! I chose to finish off Halcyon’s 1/9 Alien figure, which comes with a diorama base and alien egg (the ones that squirt nasty little facehuggers at you!). I’d started this build mid-way through 2018, but put it aside due to some uncertainty around how to make the base more interesting. Since 2018 was all work and no play for me, I resolved to be more productive at the workbench in 2019, and dragged this one off the shelf of doom and set about finishing it off.
It’s Not Easy Being Green
The initial colour layer for the diorama base was simply Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black, straight out of the rattle can (the Alien figure received the same treatment). This was followed by a light dusting of clear flat, ready for the next stages.
The solution for making the otherwise all-black diorama base look more interesting turned out to be a smattering of washes and dry-brushing using various shades of green—the most effective of which was U.S. Interior Green (Gunze H58, to be exact).
To finish off the egg, I applied some clear UV-curing gel to the opening, which created a nice sense of slimy ooze, and helped enhance the organic effect I was aiming for.
The Alien figure received the same base coat of Mr. Finishing Surfacer 1500 Black. The highlights were worked in by dry-brushing some Mr. Metal Color Dark Iron, along with some detail work with a 2B graphite pencil. This was followed by a heavy wash of dirty black/brown, achieved by mixing Flory Models Dark Dirt with Black.
I’m pretty happy with the final result, even though this type of modelling is way out of my comfort zone!
Sadly, I’ve had to turn off commenting on some older posts due to a deluge of comment spam, and I may have to disable it for more posts yet. These spammy scumbags certainly are persistent!
I’ll try to leave commenting open for all new posts, and deal with the spam as it comes in. All comments are moderated, so the junk ones never see the public light of day, thankfully; but they’re still a royal pain to deal with!
In this 101-page eBook, Iain tackles the Revell 1/32 scale He 219A-7 kit, finishing it to a superb standard. Along with covering the construction, painting, decalling, and weathering of the model, Iain navigates a simple but ingenious way of correcting the kit’s major flaw: misshapen engine nacelles that are set at an incorrect angle.
Along with Iain’s terrific build, the book also features a a review
of the base kit, a selection of photos taken of the real He 219 a NASM,
and a set of appendices covering available aftermarket products and
Just an update on Paul Fisher’s GoFundMe Fire Relief campaign, and I’m stoked to report that donations have just reached $US30,000! This is a staggering amount of generosity and support from the modelling community for one of its own, and will go a long way to helping Paul and family through this disaster. You should all be very proud!
I’m pleased to announce our very first Black Friday sale! From now until midnight, Monday 26 November Australian Eastern Daylight Time (over the weekend, basically, accounting for various timezones), using the coupon code blackfriday at checkout will give you a 20% discount on the contents of your cart. There are no restrictions in terms of which titles are applicable, or how many you can have in your cart (up to one of each).
The GoFundMe campaign for Paul Fisher has now raised over $27,000 for Paul and his family! Thanks again to one and all for your unrivalled generosity. Here’s the latest update from Paul, as posted on Facebook:
Well…We are beginning to get settled in to our kids home in Centennial, Colorado.Again, a giant thank you to all of you for your help and support.My Mom is securely settled into a very nice little care home only 8 minutes away so we can see her any time, and here’s a picture of what remains of our home of 22 years in Paradise.Going from left to right, you can see the remains of the barn, then the workshop, then the house.So many great memories of friends and family wrapped up here it’s impossible to describe except to say we created the home we wished we’d grown up in.Love to all, Paul
As you can see from Paul’s photo above, the devastation has been total, and Paul and his family have been left with nothing. Please donate if you can, as Paul will need all the support he can get—no amount is too small! Here’s that link again: