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March 6th 2021
Hello everyone, Here is some video from John Saunders showing progress on the Restoration of P-40 "Gloria Lyons" here in NZ. Hard to judge the true original shade of roundel blue. https://www.facebook.com/mj.laird.10/posts/1114941085595040 Ventura Publications have decals for this aircraft in all three main scales. https://venturapublications.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&zenid=&keyword=Gloria+Lyons Yours, Malcolm Laird ...Continue Reading
January 30th 2021
Hello again, We have new 1/48th and 1/72nd scale decals for RNZAF Mustangs. Both sheets also include markings for the civilian P-51D “Mobil” Mustang. P-51D Mustang ZK-CCG was ex RNZAF Mustang NZ2417. It was sponsored by Mobil Oil from late 1964 until 1968. Both sheets also include NZ2423 of No.2 (Wellington) Squadron, Territorial Air Force, 1955. This aircraft made the last RNZAF Mustang flight from Ohakea to Woodbourne on 30 May 1957 and is currently being restored by its owners. Here ...Continue Reading
January 28th 2021
Hello everyone, We have a new 1/32nd scale decal for the New Zealand civilian P-51D “Mobil” Mustang P-51D Mustang ZK-CCG was ex RNZAF Mustang NZ2417. It was sponsored by Mobil Oil from late 1964 until 1968. Initially the aircraft's all white colour scheme included Mobil's "winged horse" based logo and wing-tip stripes. Later this was replaced with the more modern plain "Mobil" signage that is still used today. Here is a link to the decal on our web site... htt ...Continue Reading
November 25th 2020
Hello everyone, Adding to my previous email. Here is the list of all the Classic Warbirds books, including those now out of print. Classic Warbirds No.1, Spitfire Star of Israel. By; Alex Yofe ISBN O-9583594-0-7 Published; 1996 The story of Israel's first Spitfires, some rebuilt from RAF wrecks and others flown to Israel from Czechoslovakia, in 1948. The book includes 21 new colour illustrations, scale drawings of the Israeli Spitfire Mk IX and 85 photographs, most previously unpublished. ...Continue Reading
November 25th 2020
https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=2873895144 Ever dreamed of publishing in-print or on-line and creating aircraft profile art for others? Here is your chance to "kick start that plan. With the following restraints the assets of “Classic Warbirds” are for sale. The name "Classic Warbirds" is included. The name "Ventura Publications" is not. The contents of CW.10 are copyright Wojtek Matusiak of Poland. I have mailed a CD of CW.10 to Wojtek and he may ...Continue Reading
September 22nd 2020
Hello everyone, I’ve uncovered two copies of “Spitfire the ANZACs” signed by three pilots written about in the book and listed them on-line here. These signed books will be a worthy addition to any collection. http://venturapublications.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1_2 Flight Lieutenant Alan Peart, NZ The Squadron's worst and final day (at Broadway) was 17 March 1944. Six Spitfires flew in at dawn led by Squadron Leader W M ‘Babe’ Whitamore. Five were serviceable, one having b ...Continue Reading
September 7th 2020
Hello everyone, We have now simplified the payments method at our on-line shop. https://www.venturapublications.com/store/index.php It's now a standard secure credit card billing system provided by US based www.stripe.com For those modelling RAF "Golden Era" biplanes, take a look at these two sheets... http://venturapublications.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=41&products_id=97 http://venturapublications.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=40&produ ...Continue Reading
August 20th 2020
Hello everyone, For some time we have received requests to add more detail to our on-line product listings. We have now completely revised the on-line shop with bigger photos and more of them. Hope you like what you see. The new On-line shop here... http://www.venturapublications.com/store/index.php We are also working on adding the old "thescale.info" site into "venturapublications.com". More on that later. Yours Malcolm Laird Mobile; +64 21 132 4583 ...Continue Reading
May 15th 2020
Thanks for your support over the years. We have very limited stocks of the digital decals we printed last year and are down to four 1/32nd scale Kangaroo Mustang sheets. This sheet does include the correct "slimmer" kangaroo. http://www.venturapublications.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=85&products_id=322 Yours, Malcolm Laird ...Continue Reading
May 13th 2020
Hello everyone, We have now released our 1/32nd scale decals for Geoff Fiskin's P-40M "Wairarapa Wildcat". It's listed here at our on-line shop.... http://www.venturapublications.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69&products_id=329 Here on eBay.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/Curtiss-P-40M-RNZAF-Wairarapa-Wildcat-1-32nd-scale-decal-V3286/223998650775 And for new Zealand based customers here on TradeMe.... https://www.trademe.co.nz/toys-models/models/aircraft/other/ ...Continue Reading