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First Draft of “Building the Zoukei-Mura Ki-45” is Done!

I’m pleased to report that Building the Zoukei-Mura Ki-45 Kai Tei in 1/32 Scale, by Jan Gabauer, has reached the first draft stage, and is on schedule for an earlier-than predicted release some time in the next few weeks. No preview pages just yet, as they’re subject to change during this phase.

Stay tuned for more news about a specific release date and pricing as we work on the revision phase of the project!

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Announcing “Building the Zoukei-Mura Ki-45 Kai Tei in 1/32 Scale”!

We’re pleased to announce that our latest build guide is now in development! Building the Zoukei-Mura Ki-45 Kai Tei in 1/32, by Jan Gabauer, is already at first draft, and is on schedule for release some time in Q3 2020.

Jan Gabauer delivers his third Build Guide for KLP, and as the title suggests, he tackles Zoukei-Mura’s impressive 1/32 scale Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Nick) kit.

Jan takes you through the building and painting of the model, and turns out his usual fantastic result. He also provides a mini-tutorial on his approach to paint chipping, and we include the usual appendices of aftermarket and reference products.

Jan Gabauer’s excellent build of the Zoukei-Mura 1/32 Ki-45.

Stay tuned for more information about pricing and a release date!

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Free X-Wing PDF Now Updated!

We’ve just done a very minor update to the cover of our free X-Wing PDF, Building the Revell X-Wing in 1/48 Scale, by Steve Evans. As a result, we’ve bumped the version number up to v1.2. If you’ve already downloaded the book, there’s really no need to do so again—though you’re literally free to do so if you so desire! But the content itself hasn’t changed.

For new readers, please check it out and download it at your leisure!

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First Draft of “Building the Fly Arado Ar 234” is Done!

I’m pleased to inform you that the first draft of our next book, Building the Fly Arado Ar 234 in 1/32 Scale, has just been completed. The book is currently sitting at 156 pages, and features two builds of the Fly 1/32 Arado Ar 234 kit by Kent Karslen, along with a brief kit review, and appendices containing lists of applicable aftermarket products.

In the book’s first build, Kent super-details the kit—including engines from the Trumpeter Me 262—and places it in a superb diorama setting that includes a base made from real concrete!

For the second build, Kent converts the Fly kit to the 4-engine V6 prototype. This involved carving and moulding new engine nacelles, narrowing the fuselage and canopy, and scratch-building a take-off dolly. Posed with the Zoukei-Mura Kettenkrad and some crew figures, it makes for a striking model indeed!

The final release date and pricing are yet to be determined, but the revision process from here on out shouldn’t take too long. Please stay tuned for further updates as they come to hand!

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Introducing Kent Karlsen!

We’re currently about half-way through the first draft of the new Arado Ar 234 book, so I thought it might be a good time to introduce the author himself: Kent Karlsen. Please check out Kent’s new author profile on our website:

Kent’s fabulous Fly 1/32 Arado Ar 234B-2/N diorama—one of the two builds in his upcoming book for KLP Publishing.
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Announcing “Building the Fly Arado Ar 234 in 1/32 Scale”!

I’m pleased to announce that, after an 8-month hiatus, work has finally begun on our next title: Building the Fly Arado Ar 234 in 1/32 Scale, by Kent Karlsen. Kent builds not one, but two examples of the Fly 1/32 Ar 234 kit, turning one into the V6 4-engine prototype, and the other into a fantastic Ar 234B-2 maintenance diorama.

Mechanics and ground crew are busy at work in Kent Karlsen’s terrific Ar 234B-2 maintenance diorama.

The book’s bonus build sees Kent replace the kit’s Jumo engines with BMW 003 units, before adding an additional pair of BMW engines to produce the V6 prototype.

Kent’s terrific Ar 234A V6 conversion of the Fly kit, complete with Kettenkrad from Zoukei-Mura.

The book will detail how Kent tackled both of these builds, including all the aftermarket products used. Speaking of which, there will be our usual appendices that list all of the aftermarket products available, along with decals, paint masks, and relevant reference books.

Building the Fly Arado Ar 234 in 1/32 Scale is due for release some time in late Q2 or early Q3 2020 as an eBook only. Check back here regularly or subscribe to our blog for updates, sample pages, and a definitive release date!

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v1.1 of “Building Mac’s Birddog” Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce that our second eBook, Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to Macaulay “Mac” Cottrell by Eric Galliers, has now been updated to version 1.1!

First published in September of 2017, we’ve now added Iain Ogilvie‘s review of the Roden kit, and some appendices at the rear of the book detailing available aftermarket items and reference books.

Being a digital publication means this kind of update is very easy to do, and we will continue to update all our books in this fashion any time an applicable new product is released, or we find an error somewhere.

This new update is free to download for anyone who has already purchased this book. If you have an account with us, simply log in and download a new copy of the book from your purchase history. Otherwise, the download link contained in your original purchase notification email should still be valid.

If neither of these scenarios applies to you, and you’d still like to download your updated copy, create a customer account here on the website, and then contact me so that I can associate your purchase with your new account. Once that is done, you can log in and download it from your purchase history.

And of course, if you haven’t purchased Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale at all yet, you’re more than welcome to do so!

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v1.3 of “Building the Revell P-51D” Released!

Thanks to eagle-eyed customer Chris Nicoll for spotting a couple of errors in Jan Gabauer’s book, Building the Revell P-51D in 1/32 Scale. These related to the description and link for one of the Eduard aftermarket products included in the back of the book. This has been fixed, and the book has now been updated to v1.3!

Being a digital publication means this kind of update is very easy to do, and we will continue to update all our books in this fashion any time an applicable new product is released, or we find an error somewhere.

This new update is free to download for anyone who has already purchased this book. If you have an account with us, simply log in and download a new copy of the book from your purchase history. Otherwise, the download link contained in your original purchase notification email should still be valid.

If neither of these scenarios applies to you, and you’d still like to download your updated copy, create a customer account here on the website, and then contact me so that I can associate your purchase with your new account. Once that is done, you can log in and download it from your purchase history.

And of course, if you haven’t purchased Building the Revell P-51D in 1/32 Scale at all yet, you’re more than welcome to do so!

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v1.2 of “Building the Revell P-51D” Released

I’m happy to report that Jan Gabauer’s book, Building the Revell P-51D in 1/32 Scale, has now been updated to v1.2! Since this title was initially released in August 2019, some new aftermarket items have been produced for the kit, and these have now been included in the relevant section of the book.

Being a digital publication means this kind of update is very easy to do, and we will continue to update all our books in this fashion any time an applicable new product is released, or we find an error somewhere.

This new update is free to download for anyone who has already purchased this book. If you have an account with us, simply log in and download a new copy of the book from your purchase history. Otherwise, the download link contained in your original purchase notification email should still be valid.

If neither of these scenarios applies to you, and you’d still like to download your updated copy, create a customer account here on the website, and then contact me so that I can associate your purchase with your new account. Once that is done, you can log in and download it from your purchase history.

And of course, if you haven’t purchased Building the Revell P-51D in 1/32 Scale at all yet, you’re more than welcome to do so!

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KLP Status Update

Things have been very quiet of late here at the house of KLP, so I thought it might be prudent to post an update about where things are at, and where they’re heading in 2020.

But first, I feel need to remind everyone that all of our books are indeed digital publications—eBooks in PDF format. There have been a few unfortunate instances in recent times where purchasers have failed to realise this, and I’ve been forced to issue refunds. This results in unnecessary disappointment all around, with the purchaser potentially feeling like they’ve been deceived. This is certainly not our intention! And we’d like to avoid this situation occurring again in the future if at all possible.

For a more detailed explanation about why we chose the eBook path, please see our article Why Digital?

Stepping Down from LSP

Some of you will be aware that I have been the administrator of the Large Scale Planes website and forums since around 2010. While it has been a privilege to serve the LSP community as administrator for the last 10 years, I’ve recently taken the decision to stand down from the position. LSP is a large and very active community, and required anywhere from 20-30 hours per week of my time. This unfortunately left me with insufficient time to work on KLP projects, resulting in a very slow and sporadic release schedule, with books taking far longer to come to fruition than I had planned. As LSP makes the transition to a new leadership regime, and my available time begins to free up, I will be returning to the backlog of book projects with renewed vigour!

Speaking of book projects, there are several in the pipeline already, and a few more potential projects under negotiation. I’ll make the relevant announcements at the appropriate time, but needless to say, I’m looking forward to being able to work on them again, and bring out some more great modelling content.

I’m also open to suggestions for new book topics, so if you have any, you can either email me directly, or leave a comment below. You just never know!

In the meantime, our current catalogue of scale modelling eBooks is still available, so please check them out in our store.