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Applied Modeling Encyclopaedia


Airplanes Volume


Squadron/ Signal
Euro Modelismo


S u m m a r y

Description and Catalogue Number: SS8102  Applied Modeling Encyclopaedia - Airplanes Volume. Published by Squadron Signal & Euro Modelismo
ISBN: 0-89747-466-X
Media: Soft cover; 8" x 11" in portrait format, 200 pages plus covers
Price: USD$22.47 - may be ordered online from Squadron.com
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Maginificent models described step-by-step; excellent photography; more than 1,000 photos; helpful text; inspiring projects; illustrates tools and techniques
Disadvantages: Perhaps not actually encyclopaedic (eg no index), but a very thorough coverage in any event
Recommendation: Recommended


Reviewed by Brett Green

Applied Modeling Encyclopaedia Airplanes Volume may be ordered online from Squadron.com




"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
Interior Detailing
Varnish Effects
The First Jets
Modern Fighters
Modern Jets
Special Painting
Aircraft Super-Detailing

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.

Highly Recommended.

Thanks to Squadron for the review sample

Review Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 07 November, 2003
Last updated 07 November, 2003

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