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Another Honour for Brick!

Over the weekend of November 11 & 12, The Australian Capital Territory Scale Modelers’ Society (ACTSMS) held the ScaleACT model show and competition. By all accounts, it was a great show, but one particular incident had special significance for KLP Publishing.

The subject of our first title (Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale), Kevin Bricknell, was again awarded the honour of a tribute build of an aircraft he flew during his career. This time, it was his PC-9, and the modeller was Andrew Doppel.

Congratulations to Brick for another well-deserved tribute, and also to Andrew Doppel for creating such a fine model. Thanks also to Andrew for permission to use his photos.

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Announcing “Building Race #80 Spitfire Mk XIVe in 1/18 Scale”!

We’re pleased to announce that the next title in our Build Special Series will be Building Race #80 Spitfire Mk XIVe in 1/18 Scale, and will feature Peter Castle‘s amazing conversion of the HpH 1/18 scale Seafire FR 47 to Spitfire Mk XIVe configuration.

Peter’s model represents the Spitfire Mk XIVe (ex TZ138) being raced in Tinnerman Air Races at Cleveland, Ohio, and piloted by James McArthur to 3rd place on September 4th, 1949.

Peter scratch-built a great many parts for his model (much of it in brass), and covered it in aluminium litho plate. It truly is one of the most spectacular models you’re ever likely to see!

You’ll be able to witness this model in person at Scale ModelWorld in Telford this coming weekend, November 11 & 12, where it will be in competition. We wish Peter luck in the competition, though we suspect he doesn’t need it! We will report back on the results after the event.

In the meantime, work has commenced on document Peter’s amazing build in eBook format, which is a tour de force of model making techniques. We’ll bring you more news of the book’s progress as it comes to hand.

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Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV late Build Guide is Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce that our latest title, Building the Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV Late in 1/32 Scale, is now available!

Written by expert modeller Karim Bibi, this 167-page digital book takes you through building the impressive Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale AEG G.IV Late kit. Karim shows you the building, painting, decalling, and weathering techniques he used to produce his stunning model, including how to produce paint masks to replicate the iconic nose markings.

The book also includes a 29-page tutorial on painting wood-grain effects on propellors, and a handy 12-page tutorial on the rigging techniques that Karim used on this model. In addition, there’s a 12-page walkaround of the Mercedes D.IVa engine used on the AEG G.IV, and a bonus chapter featuring some period documentation on the engine.

The book is available to purchase in PDF format for $15 (Australian) at the “Buy now” button below:

Building the Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV Late in 1/32 Scale

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Duplicate Page Spotted in Birddog Book!

It has come to my attention that the Birddog book contained a duplicate page, with page 96 being the same as page 95 with a different layout. My humble apologies for this error!

I’ve removed the duplicate page and updated the book on the website, so if you’ve already purchased and downloaded the book, the download link you have in your email inbox should be valid to re-download it. If this doesn’t work, please contact me directly and I’ll organise to get an updated copy to you.

Mea culpa!

Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale

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“Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale” is Now Available!

I’m pleased to announce that our second title, Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to Macaulay “Mac” Cottrell, is now available!

Written by master modeller Eric Galliers, this 132-page digital book shows you how he built his award-winning 1/32 scale model of Macaulay “Mac the FAC” Cottrell’s Cessna O-1 Birddog. Using the Roden 1/32 scale kit as a basis, Eric modifies it to represent Mac’s Birddog as he flew it in Vietnam in 1968.

The book also includes Mac’s recollections of his 47 years in the RAAF, along with his citations for the Silver Star and DFC for an action in Vietnam. We’ve also included an exclusive 53-page walkaround, featuring a whopping 95 photos by Rob Fox of Rob Fox Photography.

The book is available to purchase in PDF format for $15 (Australian) at the “Buy now” button below:

Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale

Sample Pages

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Announcing Our First Build Guide!

We’re pleased to announce that the first title in our Build Guide Series is well under way! Written by Karim Bibi, it will cover the Wingnut Wings 1/32 AEG G.IV ‘late’ kit. Not only does it feature a detailed step-by-step guide to how Karim produced his fabulous model, but also dedicated tutorials on biplane rigging, and painting wooden propellors. Also included will be a set of walkaround photos featuring the Mercedes D.IVa engine located at the Royal Museum of the Army, in Brussels, Belgium.

Below are a couple of teaser images of the build to whet your appetite!

Keep an eye out on the website, or our Facebook page, for more information about Building the Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV Late in 1/32 Scale. We’ll bring you updates as soon as we have them to hand.

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Announcing Our Second Title!

Hot on the heels of our debut release, Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale, comes our second title, also by Eric Galliers, entitled Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to Macaulay “Mac” Cottrell.

Mac spent 47 years in the RAAF, but in 1968, he found himself seconded to the USAF in Vietnam, flying the O-1 Birddog as a Forward Air Controller (FAC). On 10 June 1968, Mac was involved in an action directing USAF F-105 & A-37 aircraft, an action that resulted in him being recommended for the Silver Star, and ultimately being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

In this book, master modeller Eric Galliers takes the Roden 1/32 scale O-1 Birddog kit, and builds it to represent the aircraft that Mac flew on this mission. The book will include Eric’s detailed build guide, along with material supplied by Mac himself. Negotiations are also under way for another set of exclusive walkaround photos.

There is no set ETA for this new title at this stage, but we’re hoping that the remaining elements will come together quickly, and that it will be available soon. I’ll be posting some sample pages closer to its release.

Please stay tuned for more information as it comes to hand!

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Our Debut Book, “Building Brick’s Sabre”, is Now Available!

So, after what seems like an eternity, the gestation period for our debut book has finally borne fruit, and Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to K.J. Bricknell, by Eric Galliers, is now available!

The book is a 104-page eBook in PDF format, and not only features Eric’s amazing conversion of the Italeri 1/32 F-86F kit to represent Brick’s Avon-powered CAC Sabre, but terrific anecdotes from Brick himself, and an extensive walkaround of the real thing. And all priced at what I think you’ll agree is a very reasonable 15 Aussie pesos (that’s 15 Australian dollars, for everybody north of the border).

Check out the sample pages below, and if you like what you see, you can purchase it from our online shop!

I’d like to thank Eric Galliers, Kevin Bricknell, Mark Jessop, Greg Meggs, and Dan Cooper each for their invaluable contributions to this book. If you like it too, please leave a comment or review; we’d greatly appreciate it!

Kevin Futter

Publisher