This is unusual, and a bit of a shocker. Tonight, I checked my smartphone after a nice enchilada birthday dinner, and there’s an email from one of our contributing artists, Becky.
It seems that Becker & Mayer, the producers of many cool books, will be releasing a “Build Sleeping Beauty Castle” kit, featuring “specialty printing and LED lights.” I would assume that specialty printing would refer to gold foil, and I wonder if soldering is required for the LED lights. But, Becky’s question was, “Is this your model?”
I honestly don’t know; I haven’t been told anything. Could it be my Sleeping Beauty Castle paper model that I released back in 2006? There’s a slim possibility . . . very slim. Let’s take a look at the brief details that Becker & Mayer give about the upcoming kit.
The box measures roughly 9 in x 12.75 in x 2 in. That would just about fit all of my printed parts, the instructions (in the form of a booklet), and an LED kit. So, the box size seems to fit. But, what about the booklet?
The instruction booklet measures about 5.5 in x 8.5 in with 5,000 words. If you shrank my own instructions—23 pages (normally printed on 8.5 in x 11 in paper) and approximately 2,000 words—to that size and added extra instructions for the LEDs, you would get around the same number of pages and words. It’s a rough deduction, but it comes close.
Honestly, I wouldn’t publish my model in a book as-is. I’ve learned so much in the past 10+ years (wow, over a decade!) of designing paper models and creating their graphics. There are, I believe (we artists are always tough on our own work), flaws in the model that could be greatly improved . . . both graphically and physically.
Before anyone gets into a huff or a panic, Disney does own the rights that permit them to make this into a book/kit. It was part of my contract with them in 2008. I can’t say too much more than that.
For now, let’s all wait and see. If it’s a brand-new model, that would be awesome. I’d like to see what the “specialty printing” actually is, and how the LEDs are incorporated into the model.