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Peter Castle’s Spitfire Book Turns 4!

The third book in our Build Special Series, Peter Castle‘s amazing Building Race #80 Spitfire Mk XIVe in 1/18 Scale, turns four years old today! And to celebrate, for the next four days, we’ve reduced its price to just 18 Australian dollars.

This 567-page eBook features Peter‘s award-winning conversion of the HpH Models 1/18 Seafire 47 to represent a Spitfire XIVe—specifically, Race #80, as flown by James McArthur in the Tinnerman Air Races at Cleveland, Ohio, on September 4th 1949. The model won the National Senior Champion award (among many others) at Scale Model World in Telford in November 2017, and its construction is presented here in forensic detail.

“Hands down one of the best modelling books I’ve ever read.”
– Chris Becker, Australia

“An excellent tour de force. I like the format very much and it is easy to follow, thorough.
Peter Castle is the dedicated modeler that my book was intended to help. That he took his effort to such an extreme is truly amazing. He deserves every award and recognition coming his way. People say “it’s not brain surgery” but in his case I would have to say “it’s exactly that”. Such fine detail, the making of thousands of parts, developing techniques to make each part. Awesome!”
Paul Monforton, Canada

“Too bad there’s not an option for more than five stars! It’s hard to find builds more detailed or more interesting than the subjects Peter undertakes and Race 80 might be the icing on the metaphorical cake. You will not be disappointed with this book – over 500 pages of photos and text describing the build and showing some techniques that many model builders have probably not attempted before.”
– Mike Swinburne, USA

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Back to Business Sale!

Today marks an important turning point in the drawn-out saga that has been our recent house move, as it sees me easing back into the hot seat at KLP Publishing for the first time since taking up residence in the new digs. I can’t say that we’re fully settled in just yet, but we can at least see some light at the end of the tunnel now!

The new gym space is nearly ready for action:

As is the music studio:

But most importantly, the hobby room is approaching a state of readiness:

Perhaps I can finally settle down and build some models now! (In the top right section of the photo, you can see the new LED panel studio lights I’ll be using for photography from now on, replacing my bulky tripod-mounted soft boxes.)

“But Kev, you mentioned a sale?”

Ah, yes. To celebrate surviving the move and finally getting back to business, we’re having a 20% off sale for the duration of this week, running from Monday, 28 February, through to Sunday, 6 March. Just use the coupon code backtobusiness at checkout to receive 20% off the value of your cart. That coupon code again:

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I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, and bringing some fantastic new titles to fruition this year. To stay tuned to all the updates and announcements, you can subscribe to our blog to receive email notifications:

More news soon!

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KLP in 2022!

With 2021 coming to a close, I thought I’d look ahead to next year, and give everyone a sneak peak at some of our plans for 2022. It will be our first year running KLP Publishing as a full-time operation, and as our sole source of income. While the latter notion is a tad daunting, it gives us the opportunity to push forward with more book releases more often, including potentially branching out into new areas that we haven’t touched on previously.

One of the first and most important events happening for KLP in 2022 is that we’ll be moving into new digs mid-January! This will be a major operation, as we attempt to dismantle and move two decades’ worth of accrued ‘stuff’, and settle into new and unfamiliar surroundings. It will be worth the pain and disruption, however, as our new location will be a much better base of operations than our current one.

The first title for publication in 2022 will be Chuck Sawyer’s magnificent CF-104 build of the Italeri Starfighter:

This is planned for a January release, but may possibly be delayed by the move. Stay tuned!

Next cab off the rank is planned to be Pete Fleishmann’s amazing vignette featuring the Kitty Hawk 1/35 scale HH-60G Pavehawk:

And yes, that is Pete’s model in the cover image! We’re hopeful for a first-quarter release for this one.

Modeller’s Monograph Series

The BIG news for 2022, however, is that we will be collaborating with Geoff Coughlin of Scale Modelling Now on a 3-volume series covering British Phantoms, entitled, oddly enough, Building the British Phantoms.

This 3-volume set will spearhead our new Modeller’s Monograph Series, with Volume 1 slated for release in early Q2. It will feature a balanced mix of real aircraft and modelling content, with the aim being to produce a one-stop-shop for modellers interested in building a British Phantom. The series will cover the FG.1, the FGR.2, and the F-4J(UK). I’ll post more news about this as the project develops. As ever, stay tuned!

But Wait, There’s More!

Other projects in the queue for 2022, but without a set place in the schedule, include Chuck Sawyer’s Kitty Hawk 1/32 scale Harvard/Texan, and Peter Castle’s amazing Hawker Fury scratch-build in 1/18 scale (cover images subject to change):

Cover image subject to change
Cover image subject to change

We also have a number of other projects in development that may or may not see the light of day in 2022, but we’ll confirm those as they come to fruition. Some may falter and fall by the wayside, while others might more realistically be expected in 2023. One thing’s for certain, however, and that is that 2022 is going to be a big year, and we look forward sharing our news and releases with you as the year ahead unfolds. Make sure you subscribe to our blog to be notified of all the latest updates as they happen:

And for those of you who celebrate Christmas, I wish you all the best of the season!

See you all next year!

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Quick v1.3 Update to “Building Brick’s Sabre”

What was I saying earlier about crossing your T’s and dotting your I’s? Turns out, I jumped the gun slightly with the v1.2 update of Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale. One of the only two reference books I could find that covered the CAC Sabre turns out to have never actually been published! I got the story directly from the publisher’s mouth to my own ears, but won’t recount it here. Suffice it to say, this has now caused me to update the book yet again, to v1.3!

For sake of both transparency and posterity, I’ve left the entry in question in the book, but suitably amended and explained, should anybody else come across its mention in their searches.

Once again, mea culpa!

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v1.4 of “Building Mac’s Birddog” Now Available & On Sale!

I’m pleased to announced that our second title, Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to Macaulay “Mac” Cottrell, by Eric Galliers, has now been updated to v1.4. And to celebrate, we’ve temporarily reduced the price by 30% to a mere 10 Australian dollars!

The update itself comprises a new Contents page with handy clickable links, and some minor layout and typographical tweaks.

As always, existing purchasers can download the latest version for free, while new purchasers will of course receive the updated version. For more information on how this works, please see my recent article on obtaining free book updates.

Here’s what some of our readers have said about this title:

“Outstanding book! love it”
– Raphael Jumentier, France

“…it is surely the best source to build a Vietnam war O-1! Highly recommended!”
– Thierry Laurent, Belgium

“I went through the whole book and I have to confirm that it is the top class product
there is everything – perfect build, interesting story and quality walkaround photos”
– Jan Gabauer, Slovakia

“The Bird Dog book is excellent, got the Roden kit, and it’s been very helpful.”
– Graeme Buckley, New Zealand

So, head on over to our webstore and grab yourselves a bargain! The sale will run until midnight Monday, 1 November.

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v1.2 of “Building Brick’s Sabre” Now Available & On Sale!

I’m pleased to announced that our very first title, Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to K.J. “Brick” Bricknell, by Eric Galliers, has now been updated to v1.2. Not only has this version been expanded by an additional 14 pages, but we’ve also temporarily reduced the price by 30% to a mere 10 Australian dollars!

The update itself comprises a new Contents page with handy clickable links, a new set of Appendices that cover available aftermarket and reference items, and some minor layout and typographical tweaks.

As always, existing purchasers can download the latest version for free, while new purchasers will of course receive the updated version. For more information on how this works, please see my recent article on obtaining free book updates.

Here’s what some of our readers have said about this title:

“…this is what a model book should be like in this format…”
– John Svendsen, Australia

“Very nice ebook!! Highly recommended!”
– Tiberio Riva, Italy

“…it’s excellent. Not only a great how to, but a lot of back story of the Aussy Sabre and the pilot. That said, the real good part is the customer service.”
– Chuck Cook, USA

So, head on over to our webstore and grab yourselves a bargain! The sale will run until midnight Sunday, 31 October.

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Free Book Updates!

While we all love the tactile immediacy of physical books, there’s no denying that digital eBooks have some advantages. Many of these advantages are obvious, but a less obvious one that we make a feature of here at KLP is the ability to update our books and release newer versions. It could be that we missed a typo, or some other error that escaped our attention during the proofing phase—a consequence of what is known in the publishing business as Muphry’s Law. Unlike with traditional print publications, these kinds of errors are trivial to fix and incorporate into an updated edition.

But the best part of all, is that for existing purchasers, these updates are FREE!

A less mundane reason we sometimes update our titles is to take the opportunity to include more content. Sometimes this is due to the natural evolution of our format, with new sections added, or design changes that we can implement in our back catalogue. At other times, we’re able to add new information, photos or other elements that extend the existing content of the book.

Of course, print publishers occasionally do this kind of thing too, but the key difference is that we can release our updated books immediately, rather than years later. But the best part of all, is that for existing purchasers, these updates are FREE! Yes, that’s right: free lifetime updates for any book you’ve purchased. Imagine a print publisher doing that!

Here’s How it Works

Whenever we publish an update to any of our books, we’ll announce it here, as well as our Facebook page, so it’s useful to subscribe to our updates via email if you haven’t already:

In order to be able to download an updated version of a particular book, you need to have purchased it while logged in to your account. The reason for this is that the purchase is then recorded in the Downloads section of your profile, and is made available to you to download at any time. This doesn’t happen if you purchased the book as a guest—even if you already have an account.

Note that you don’t have to go looking for a specific version to download; there will always only ever be one version of each book available, and it will always be the latest. So, when a book gets updated, it replaces the previous version on the website, and when you download it again, it will be the updated version. The orange badges you see on the updated versions on our website are for marketing purposes only, and do not appear on the cover of the published books. In order to verify the version you have, check the Copyright page for the version number and date:

What If I Purchased as a Guest?

If you didn’t have an account at the time of the original purchase, or you forgot to log in prior to purchasing, then you won’t yet have access to a newly-updated book. This is relatively easy to fix, thankfully, but does require a bit of manual handling. Firstly, if you don’t have an account, create one! The benefits by now should be obvious.

Whether you’ve just created your account, or a particular purchase is not showing in your existing account, the next step is to contact me and let me know which book (or books) are affected, and the email address of your account, and I can then manually assign those guest purchases to your account. The next time you log in, they will magically appear in the Downloads section of your profile. Voilà!

It’s worth remembering that this facility is always available, so if you ever lose your existing copy of a book, or need it on a new device, you can simply re-download it at your leisure. And just to be clear: all new purchasers always get the latest version!

Look out for more updated books soon!

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“Building Mac’s Birddog” is Now on Sale!

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the release of our second title, Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to Macaulay ‘Mac’ Cottrell. To celebrate, we’ve reduced the price to just 12 Australian dollars for the next 5 days!

Written by master modeller Eric Galliers, this 160-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.

Check out what our readers have to say:

“Outstanding book! love it”
– Raphael Jumentier, France

“…it is surely the best source to build a Vietnam war O-1! Highly recommended!”
– Thierry Laurent, Belgium

“I went through the whole book and I have to confirm that it is the top class product
there is everything – perfect build, interesting story and quality walkaround photos”
– Jan Gabauer, Slovakia

“The Bird Dog book is excellent, got the Roden kit, and it’s been very helpful.”
– Graeme Buckley, New Zealand

“This is clearly a book written by modellers for modellers. The text is clear and concise and the great selection of walkaround pictures crisp. The words from the pilot really do add to the story.”
– Julien Dixon, Britmodeller Review

“The download is superb, tons of photos, a great model build and a terrific price too. Well done to all involved.”
– Bruce Crosby, UK

So, nip on over to our webstore and grab yourself a bargain!

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“Building Brick’s Sabre” Now on Sale!

Tomorrow is the 4th anniversary of our very first title, Building Brick’s Sabre in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to K. J. “Brick” Bricknell. And to celebrate, we’ve reduced the price of book by 30%, to just 10 Australian dollars! The sale is valid for the next five days only.

Written by master modeller Eric Galliers, this 106-page digital book shows you how he built his award-winning 1/32 scale model of K.J. “Brick” Bricknell’s CAC Sabre. Using the Italeri 1/32 scale F-86F kit as a basis, Eric modifies it to the Avon-powered configuration employed by CAC-built RAAF Sabres, to produce an exquisite replica of Brick’s Sabre as he flew it in 1963.

The book also includes anecdotes from Brick himself, from his time flying the CAC Sabre with the RAAF, along with 37 walkaround photos of the real thing, taken by Mark Jessop and Peter Chrismas, of Aviation Spotters Online.

And as with all our books, should any updates be required, anyone who purchased the pre-update version gets lifetime free access to all subsequent updated versions! All new purchasers will of course receive the updated version automatically.

So, head on over to our store and grab yourself a bargain!