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Building the Revell He 219 is Now Available!

After a protracted development period, I’m pleased to announce that our latest eBook, Building the Revell He 219A-7 in 1/32 Scale, by renowned UK modeller Iain Ogivlie, is now available!

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 reference books.

The book is available from our web shop for 15 Australian dollars.

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Halcyon 1/9 Alien Figure

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).

Heavy streaking and dry-brushing with shades of green, followed by a heavy coat of clear gloss, produced a suitably slimy result.

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.

Don’t stare for too long!

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!

We’ve already released one sci-fi title as a free download (Building the Revell X-Wing in 1/48 Scale), so perhaps we should do some more!

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SPAM!

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!

Thanks everyone for your understanding.

Kev

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Black Friday Sale!

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).

That coupon code again: blackfriday

Hop over to our shop to take advantage.

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Paul Fisher – $27,000 Raised Now!

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:

https://www.gofundme.com/paul-fisher-fire-relief

Many thanks to everyone who has so generously contributed so far.

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Paul Fisher – $20,000 Raised So Far!

Thanks to the amazing generosity of Paul’s supporters, and the modelling community at large, we’ve managed to raise a staggering US$20,000 to aid Paul and his family in less than 4 days. This is double our initial goal, and an amazing show of support. We’ll continue to accept donations for as long as they continue to come in.

Here’s a brief message from Paul:

Much like the old guy in the Monty Python movie, “I’m not dead yet,” and it’s all thanks to the generosity of you folks, Susy and I {as well as the doggies} are simply overwhelmed , there are no words for how grateful we are for your help.We really did get out with just what we were wearing and an old hard drive…As much as you think you’re prepared, you’re not.

Anyway, we don’t yet know when we can rebuild and get back in harness, but rest assured I will keep you posted.For now, just know how much we appreciate this, and I even told my Mom.

You folks are the Best!

Paul

I’ll post another progress update in the near future.

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Paul Fisher Needs Our Help!

Many scale modellers will be aware of Paul Fisher, who owns and runs Fisher Model & Pattern. Paul has been providing resin kits and conversions to aircraft and car modellers for decades, and is a stalwart of the industry. Sadly, Paul recently lost his house and workshop in the California fires, and his livelihood along with them. In conjunction with the team at Large Scale Planes, I’ve created a GoFundMe campaign to provide Paul with some short-term financial assistance, while he gets back on his feet.

Please click on the link below to donate if you’re able to. Any amount is acceptable!

https://www.gofundme.com/paul-fisher-fire-relief

Thanks to the amazing generosity of so many of Paul’s customers, fans, and supporters, we’ve already raised nearly half of the initial US$10,000 goal in less than 6 hours!

Please help if you can.

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Announcing our Next Book – Building the Revell He 219 in 1/32 Scale!

I’m pleased to announce that our next title focusses on the Revell 1/32 He 219 kit, and is titled—appropriately enough—Building the Revell He 219A-7 in 1/32 Scale. This will be number 3 in our Build Guide series, and is written by well-know UK modeller Iain Ogilvie.

Iain’s expert build not only shows you how to assemble and paint the kit, but also deals with how to fix some tricky issues with the kit’s engine nacelles.

While there’s no set publication date at this stage, work on the book is well under way, and I hope to bring you some more news soon.

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20% Off Sale!

I’m pleased to announce our very first sale! From now until midnight, 8 October Australian Eastern Daylight Time (over the weekend, basically, accounting for various timezones), using the coupon code twentyoff 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).

That coupon code again: twentyoff

Hop over to our shop to take advantage.