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Osprey Modelling 45
Painting and Finishing Techniques
by Gary Edmundson
||Soft cover, 80 pages, 200 colour photos.
||GBP£13.99 online from Osprey Publishing
||Great illustrated techniques for modellers; high quality modelling and photography.
||I found the text well written and easy to understand. Coupled with the images, as well as the price it is worthy of a place on the shelves of the beginner as well as the experienced modeller.
Reviewed by Rodger Kelly
Osprey's Painting and Finishing Techniques is available online from Squadron.com
To most modelers, me included, the hardest part of modeling is making the subject look as if it is a scaled down replica of the original subject.
Sure, you have gone to great lengths to re-scribe all of the right panel lines in the right places as well as replacing the over scale towing lines and D shackles and adding the missing details like ignition harnesses and whip antennas but when you paint the thing it just sits there, a lifeless lump!
If you suffer from the same problem then this book will help you transform your model into a replica.
First published in April of this year the book is authored by Gary Edmundson who himself is a modeller as well as a regular contributor to military modelling magazines.
It comprises 80 pages between thin cardboard covers and is set out in an easy to follow format that will guide you through the how to and whys of painting and weathering models. A bonus is that both aircraft and armour subjects are covered.
Its contents are as follows:
- Introduction - The fundamentals and the kits used in the book.
- Paints and Finishes - Types of finishes- lacquers, enamels and acrylics – colour authenticity and “scale effect”.
- Setup and Tools – The workspace – The Airbrush – Paintbrushes – Masking Tape – The miscellaneous requirements including film containers, magnifiers and eye droppers to name a few.
- Painting and finishing model aircraft – Cockpits and interiors – oil paint washes – engines – canopies and clear parts – exteriors and camouflage schemes – priming – pre shading – lower surfaces – upper surfaces and masking hard edged camouflage patterns – soft edged camouflage patterns – wood grain – fuselage bands and other markings – painting the details – decals – weathering – flat coats – and finally, paint chips and scratches.
- Painting and finishing armoured vehicles – Interiors – hull and turret – AFV camouflage – painting the details – painting track links – painting wheels – markings – weathering – overall light dust – painting silencers and exhaust pipes – oil-paint wash – dry brushing – mud and dust – chipped paint, and finishing touches.
- Figures and presentation - This final chapter guides you through painting figures and making them look realistic next to your painted and weather model.
The book was first published in April this year. It is in paperback form and comprises 80 pages in all with 200 sharp clear full colour, images that go a long way in helping to illustrate the text.
All up, I found the text well written and easy to understand. Coupled with the images, as well as the price it is worthy of a place on the shelves of the beginner as well as the experienced modeller.
Osprey Publishing for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2010 by Rodger Kelly
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