Scale Model Book Reviews
Airbrushing and Finishing Scale models (Modeling Masterclass) by Brett Green
In “Airbrushing and Finishing Scale models,” Brett Green outlines the primary elements of airbrushing. At the beginning of the book, he lists the various kinds of spray tools that can be used and provides guidance concerning paints, thinning agents and air pressure. The author goes on to describe various airbrushing techniques useful for a broad array of models and explains how to get the best the paint coverage, using various airbrushing applications.
Green includes many quality pictures of vehicles, including aircraft, trucks, heavy machinery, automobiles, and futuristic models to illustrate his sequential instructions. This book describes not only the basic skills and techniques that a beginner must learn but also addresses several advanced techniques that a more experienced modeler may want to try.
A realistic-looking paint finish is important for any model. Good airbrushing and finishing techniques can make the difference between a superior result and a mediocre effort. This comprehensive guidebook will help you get the best results from your modeling.
Essential Skills for Scale Modelers by Aaron Skinner
In “Essential Skills for Scale Modelers,” Aaron Skinner helps novice modelers amass a fundamental skills that they can build on. The author provides the basic instructions to build, paint, age, and exhibit all types of models. He then lays out the instructions for the projects so the modelers can put to use what they have learned.
Skinner addresses essentials of modeling in a simple and thorough way, and shows some of the intermediate and advanced methods, by using a real model project from beginning to end. This is great for advanced modelers and an even better for the beginner who will then be able to start modeling with a good knowledge base.
This book is beautifully photographed and elegantly laid out. The Illustrations and descriptions help explain many of the processes. Each chapter covers one modeling subject, leads the reader through the various steps of the project, and the most effective tools to use.
Skinner goes through several projects in great detail. His choices provide help with many different kinds of models to encompass a large variety of interests. Each project requires the acquisition of a different skill, which makes for good practice and adds to a person’s background knowledge. It is essential to read Aaron Skinner’s text, even if you really want to just follow the pictures. The text provides sequential instructions that thoroughly explain the basic procedures.
This is an excellent book for all modelers, especially those who are just beginning to develop modeling skills.
Building and Detailing Model aircraft by Pat Hawkeye
“Building and Detailing Model Aircraft” is a very useful book for those who want to enter the portals of model aircraft construction. Pat Hawkeye provides good, clear advice on making one’s model more realistic, and highlights the minor details that help improve the quality of the finished product.
The novice modeler will learn details about the construction and finishing of plastic model aircraft. The basic skills addressed, include assembling aligning, gluing, surface preparation, painting, and decaling.
In the first two chapters, the author outlines the history of model airplanes. In subsequent sections, Pat Hawkeye discusses the best types of paint and glues to use under various circumstances, and describes various tools and techniques.
Later chapters cover the application if photo-etched parts, resin parts and vacuum-formed conversions.
“Building and Detailing Model Aircraft” is full of advice and information for the beginning hobbyist and also very informational for those who want to upgrade their skills.
Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles by Michael Emmerich
In “Model Railroad Bridges and Trestles,” Michael Emmerich instructs the reader on how to build sturdy, true-to-life bridges and trestles. The author includes photographs, construction plans and more than 20 blueprints of drawings that can be used for building models from scratch.
The book has more than 100 illustrations. Examples include a covered railroad bridge, beam and through plate girder bridges, truss spans, deck bridges, trestles, arches and viaducts, and much more.
The Art of Lego Scale Modeling by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman
In “The Art of Lego Scale Modeling” Authors Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman showcase vivid color photographs of LEGO models, including racecars, construction vehicles, ships, trains, airplanes, and a variety of trucks.
The authors exhibit their own impressive LEGO models as well as those from builders around the world. Each model includes one to three paragraphs describing unique features or unusual facts.
Glaasker and Bosman cover a lot of ground. The book opens with a chapter on various trucks, and proceeds through chapters on ships, trucks, military aircraft, trains, and motorcycles. The book includes pages and pages of bright, full color images.
The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling examines some of the neatest vehicles ever made from LEGO bricks. This hard bound volume features more than 50 hyper-realistic models. The book showcases design, color, scale and authenticity. A few tips towards the back of the book offer advice on designing your own LEGO creations.
This is a great book for everyone, especially beginners. If you are a novice and haven’t gotten past the basic LEGO kits yet, this may encourage you to try your hand at more creative styling.