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Modeling Encyclopaedia - Airplanes Volume. Published by Squadron Signal &
||Soft cover; 8½" x 11" in
portrait format, 200 pages plus covers
may be ordered online from Squadron.com
||Maginificent models described
step-by-step; excellent photography; more than 1,000 photos; helpful text;
inspiring projects; illustrates tools and techniques
||Perhaps not actually
encyclopaedic (eg no index), but a very thorough coverage in any event
Reviewed by Brett Green
Encyclopaedia Airplanes Volume may be ordered online from
"Applied Modeling Encyclopaedia Airplanes Volume" is an impressive 200
page book presented in large format on high quality, glossy paper.
The models in this new joint venture project by Squadron-Signal and Euro
Modelismo are spectacular in terms of quality, scope and execution.
The talented Spanish modelers present modelling projects from every era of
aviation to illustrate a wide range of tips and techniques. The ensemble
cast of modellers means that we get to see a variety of different approaches
between the same covers.
The contents of this Volume are:
Aviation. Basic Techniques
Airbrush Painting Techniques
Metalized Effects and Camouflage
The First Jets
The standard of modelling is really some of the most precise, original and
overall impressive that I have seen. The terrific photography means that
everyone gets to see how these techniques are applied. The photos are well-lit
and relevant to the subject. Although photo-etched parts and resin accessories
are touched upon, there is an definite emphasis on "Do It Yourself".
Accordingly, there is quite a lot of scratchbuilding described, including
harnesses, seats, instrument panels, entire cockpits and gun bays. All of these
scratchbuild sub-projects are also lavishly illustrated with instructive photos.
Although some of this scratchbuilding might look intimidating, the formula is
probably something like 30% Tools, 40% Technique and 30% Skill.
The best way to boost the "Skill" component is practice - give it a go
sometime, even if it looks difficult.
The absolute highlight of the book is the 1,000+ captioned photos, but the
text is also helpful. The text is entirely in English.
One of the few minor nitpicks I have is that the book is not really
encyclopaedic. There are plenty of useful techniques described, many modelling
projects ranging from WWI to Modern, and the 200 pages are absolutely packed
with attractive, step-by-step images. However, the structure and content is
necessarily arbitrary, and there is no index; making the "Encyclopaedia" label a
little misleading. A title like "A Bunch of Modelling Projects that will
Knock Your Socks Off - Volume I" might have been better!
This book will provide plenty of inspiration to all aircraft modellers,
novices or experts.
Thanks to Squadron for
the review sample
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