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Big Kev

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About Big Kev

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    Head Honcho, KLP Publishing
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  1. Thanks for the review, Julien! Kev
  2. I'm pleased to announce that Peter Castle's Building Race #80 Spitfire Mk XIVe in 1/18 Scale is now available! This 565-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. Peter rebuilt much of the airframe, scratch-built most of the detail parts in aluminium and brass, and covered the model in aluminium litho-plate for an authentic natural metal finish. Peter's 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. Not only does the book contain a blow-by-blow account of every stage of the build, including how Peter fashioned many of the intricate details, but also: an illustrated account of the history of TZ138 by noted aviation illustrator and author Juanita Franzi; a 12-page tutorial on Turning Small Parts with a Rotary Tool; a 33-page tutorial on Designing Your Own Photo Etch Parts; a 16-page tutorial on Skinning Models in Metal; a 15-page tutorial on Forming Metal Around Compound Curves; bonus: seven full-page walkaround photos of a Spitfire Mk 19 seat. This book is a must-have for aspiring scratch-builders, Spitfire fans, and any modeller interested in learning from the best. The book is $22 Australian dollars as a downloadable PDF from our store. Please check out the sample pages below: Kev
  3. Big Kev

    Is it me or is LSP down

    Sorry folks, missed this one back in the day! We did have a rather truculent crash a while back, but it's all good now. And yes, LSP is Large Scale Planes: Website: http://www.largescaleplanes.com/ Forums: http://forum.largescaleplanes.com/ And if we do ever have any downtime (from a crash or other reasons), I usually post info about it on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/largescaleplanes/ We've been around since 1999, have just passed 7000 members in the forums, and over 800k posts, and I still find modellers who have never heard of us! But hey, mention any famous sports person to me, and I'm just as likely to confuse them with a brand of fertiliser. Kev
  4. Thanks once again for your review, Julien! This one is proving very popular, but luckily, I'm never likely to run out of copies! Kev
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    KLP New Online Publisher

    Hot on the heels of Julien's review of our Birddog book, I'm pleased to announce that our latest title has just been released: Building the Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV Late in 1/32 Scale The price is $15 AUD (Australian dollars), and can be purchased from the link above. The product page also contains some additional sample pages for you to try before you buy. Cheers, Kev
  6. Thanks for the review, Julien! Your kind words are much appreciated. Kev
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    KLP New Online Publisher

    Thanks for the kind words of support, Julien! I'm pleased to say that the Birddog book is now available also: https://www.klp.com.au/product/building-macs-birddog-in-132-scale/ Within its 131 pages are Eric's terrific build of the Roden Birddog kit, modified to match Mac's aircraft as he flew it in Vietnam in 1968, along with Mac's own recollections of his 47 years in the RAAF, his citations for the DFC, and an exclusive 53-page, 95-photo walkaround of VH-FXY. And just like the Sabre book, it's only 15 Aussie pesos (that's 15 Australian dollars). Kev
  8. Thanks for the review, Julien! Much appreciated. Kev
  9. Big Kev

    KLP New Online Publisher

    I'm pleased to report that I've finally been able to obtain an exclusive walkaround for the Birddog book from Rob Fox of Rob Fox Photography: The photos feature Rob's own Birddog, VH-FXY. Look out for a launch announcement soon! Kev
  10. Me too, Des, hence my post. Kev
  11. Des, my original post that you referenced had nothing to do with advertising in model mags. It was a post about my endeavours with KLP Publishing, and the steps I'm taking to address some of the issues raised in this thread. My entire post was replaced by a moderator with the phrase "No traders/advertising". No notification or warning, either. Kev
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    KLP New Online Publisher

    So, the cat is out of the bag, and the first of our Build Guide Series has been announced: More details can be found on our website or Facebook page. Kev
  13. Big Kev

    KLP New Online Publisher

    I just thought I'd post an update to this, showing the cover for our second book, Building Mac’s Birddog in 1/32 Scale: A Scale Tribute to Macaulay “Mac” Cottrell: I was hoping to have the book ready by now, but there's a delay while we arrange a photo shoot for some more walkaround content. Watch the website or our Facebook page for updates. I thought I'd also take this opportunity to post a teaser image from one of our upcoming titles in the Build Guide Series: Anyone care to guess what it is? Kev
  14. Big Kev

    Monogram 1/48 FM-2 Conversion

    Thanks, Martin! I have the Sword and Hobby Boss FM-2 kits in the stash, too, so I should tackle them some day. They'd look pretty neat in a trio with this one, I reckon! Kev