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20% Off Sale this Weekend!

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!

Please visit our webstore to grab some bargains:

https://www.klp.com.au/shop/

And don’t forget that coupon code: twentyoff

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Announcing “Building the Revell P-51D-5NA Mustang in 1/32 Scale”!

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.

Revell’s new-tool P-51D kit in 1/32 scale.

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.

Jan Gabauer’s excellent build of “Hurry Home Honey”, featuring the new Revell P-51D kit.

Stay tuned for more details about the book as they come to hand, including a release date!

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Why Digital?

I’m often asked about why we don’t offer print versions of our books, so I thought I’d take some time to answer this question, and to fully explain our decision to focus on digital books.

Having owned, reviewed, or otherwise been exposed to a great many modelling guides over the years, I began to notice that many of them shared the same set of unavoidable shortcomings. These were largely due to the limitations of the print format, and not necessarily any fault of the good people involved in their production.

The print process for books and magazines is complex and expensive, and necessarily entails a high level of risk—no publisher or author wants to get lumbered with a warehouse full of unsold books and a substantial financial loss. In print, pages cost money, and none more so than the glossy, heavily illustrated variety. Therefore, one of the overarching constraints of the print medium is the need to keep the page count to a financially-viable maximum, and this often manifests itself in text and images that are too small, and cramped layouts that can be difficult to follow at times.

It seemed to me that the best way to solve these issues would be to avoid print altogether.

Our Manifesto

The decision to go with a digital format opens up a range of possibilities and options not readily available in print, and collectively they drive our content first ethos. Rather than treat digital publishing as a poor cousin of print publishing, we decided to exploit the inherent advantages of the medium to the benefit of the reader.

To that end, our primary guiding principle is let the content determine the page count. Our books are as long (or as short) as they need to be to convey the relevant content appropriately, and if additional content surfaces, we can add that in too, without fear of breaking some arbitrary page count limit. In effect, there is no page limit.

The freedom to design books of any page length allows us to use larger font sizes, and to display images at the maximum size allowable. This approach requires more pages for a given amount of content, but we’ve already seen that this is not a problem.

Build photos are not tiny thumbnails, and a single image may in fact occupy up to half the available space on a page:

Walkaround images, where included, are displayed as large as possible, and a single photograph may even occupy an entire page:

Finished gallery images are not cluttered with competing text and graphics:

One of our recent titles, Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale, features a 53-page walkaround of the O-1 Birddog, while our book Building the Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV Late in 1/32 Scale contains a 27-page tutorial on painting wood-grain effects on propellors. Neither of these sections would have been viable in a printed book, and would have needed to be substantially reduced.

But, I Like Physical Books!

Yeah, we understand that, and we do too! We’re not proposing that printed books are redundant, or that you have to pledge your allegiance to one camp or the other. We simply feel that the nature of the content we plan to publish is better served in a digital format, and conversely, is not viable in the print medium. Some of our planned titles will cover specialised or niche modelling topics, and would be completely untenable as printed books. We wish that there were a workable compromise for this impasse, and if we find one, we will certainly explore it!

In the meantime, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, either here in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

Cheers!

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Flying the KLP Flag at Telford!

Scale ModelWorld, held in Telford (UK) every year, is one of the world’s largest model shows, with visitors attending from all over the world, and large contest, vendor, and club sections. As it happens, the 2019 show is happening this coming weekend, November 9 & 10. For many of us who live outside the UK, it’s on our Bucket List of modelling events to attend in our lifeftime. And while I wish I could announce that I will be attending this year, thanks to a collaboration with Large Scale Planes and IPMS(UK) 32SIG, KLP Publishing will at least have a small token presence on the LSP/32SIG table.

Be sure to stop by and see the guys and say hello! Thanks to Dave Langmead for his assistance in bringing this together.

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v1.1 of “Building the Revell P-51D” Released

Due to an oversight on my part (mea culpa!), I’ve had to make a small amendment to our newly-launched book, Building the Revell P-51D-5NA in 1/32 Scale. All new purchasers will obviously get the new version, but if you’ve already purchased the book, you can log in to your account and download it from your purchase history.

Before anyone panics, however, be assured that the amendment does not affect the book’s content, and in fact consists of a copyright attribution for Juanita Franzi’s artwork that I forgot to include in the launch version. My apologies to Juanita for this oversight! Thanks to the nature of digital publishing, this becomes a very easy mistake to fix.

Many thanks to everyone who has purchased the book so far!

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Building the Revell P-51D is Now Available!

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Jan Gabauer‘s new eBook, Building the Revell P-51D-5NA in 1/32 Scale!

In this 95-page eBook, Jan builds, paints, and weathers the new Revell 1/32 P-51D kit to produce an excellent rendition of Major Richard A. Peterson’s “Hurry Home Honey”.

The book features not only Jan’s terrific build guide, but also artwork by Juanita Franzi, a review of the kit itself, and an extensive set of appendices covering applicable aftermarket products and reference works.

It’s available now for only 12 Australian dollars!

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New Luftwaffe Bundled Released!

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:

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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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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.