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Specialty Press

How to build
Sci-Fi Model Spacecraft



Richard Marmo



S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number: How to build Sci-Fi Model Spacecraft by Richard Marmo
ISBN: 1580070604
Media: Soft cover; 8" x 11" in portrait format, 128 pages plus covers
Price: USD$24.95 available online from Specialty Press
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: Well written; logical format; high standard of modelling
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by
Rodger Kelly

How to build Sci-Fi Model Spacecraft is available online from Squadron.com

F i r s t   L o o k


New from Specialty Press, the book is a how-to for the newcomer to the world of science fiction modelling. 

The book comprises nine chapters an introduction and an appendix.  They are:

  • Introduction Science Fiction: What is it?

  • Chapter 1 Tools Paint and Glue.

  • Chapter 2 Styrene Kits.

  • Chapter 3 Working With Resin:  Little Known Star Wars Ships.

  • Chapter 4 Dioramas and Vignettes.

  • Chapter 5 Bare Metal or Painted Plastics.

  • Chapter 6 Advanced Detailing.

  • Chapter 7 - Advanced Kit Building:  "Open the Pod-bay Doors Hal".

  • Chapter 8 Display Methods.

  • Chapter 9 References.

  • Appendix A Source Guide.

The initial chapters advise on what tools you will need the basic ones and the "nice to haves", glues the merits, advantages and disadvantages of CA, styrene and epoxy, Paints Acrylics and enamels methods of application brush versus airbrush. 

The later chapters discuss methods for discussing the traditional styrene kits and limited run resin ones.  Both of these chapters take you through a step-by-step construction of an example of each type. 

The final chapters explain methods on how to display your creations by way of creating dioramas and vignettes as well as the construction of display cabinets. 



The book is 81/2" x 11"  It consists of 128 pages printed on glossy paper between cardboard covers and contains 325 colour and black & white photos. 

Even though the book is aimed at science fiction modellers, it contains information that is pertinent and valuable to all modellers. 

This is a well written book in a simple easy to understand format.   Recommended for both the newcomer and the know it all.


Thanks to Karin of Specialty Press for the review sample

Review Copyright 2004 by Rodger Kelly
This Page Created on 27 August, 2004
Last updated 31 August, 2004

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