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How to Use an Airbrush Paperback – Jun 2001

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Expressly for Hobbyists, not Fine Artists 19 Oct 2004
By Astro-Man - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book does a good job of showing how to use an airbrush in hobby projects. Because it is for the beginner, there needs to be a great deal more coverage of troubleshooting and cleaning. A bit of theory might not be bad, either. I am the exact target audience of this book, and I was hoping for more of the above, in case I run into trouble.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
More About How to Paint A Model 20 Sep 2006
By John A Lee III - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book but the title is a bit deceptive. It spends a little bit of time at the beginning describing airbrushes but does not go into much depth. There is not much on how to select a great tool. Instead it details techniques for painting models. In this, it does a very good job.

I bought this book because I wanted to learn about airbrushing for painting model railroad cars and structures but I know absolutely nothing about them. I still know very little. I did learn some fascinating ways to paint model cars, airplanes and figurines, though.

If you want to learn techniques for doing the actual painting, especially on hobby models, this is a great book. Its illustrations are lavish and clear as are the explanations. If, on the other hand, you want to learn about the brush itself in terms of choosing one and maintaining it, look elsewhere.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
perfect for beginers 24 Feb 2006
By bob mathews - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is perfect for anybody who has just purchased an airbrush or has just a little exerience. This book is slanted to modelers (cars, planes, and fiqures) and as such I would not recomend this book if you are not intending to use your airbrush for that purpose. But the book does take you thru a step by step procedures for which airbrush is right for which project, and list some other equipment to use. It even gives a quick description for how to build a cheap spraybooth. The author of the book is mostly known for his work in model cars so many of the techniques that the are slanted toward that purpose but he does delve into someother types of models. The thing that I most appreciated about this book is the ALL of the pictures are in color.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The title should read "Airbrush Techniques for Plastic Model Kits" 26 May 2007
By Robert L. Dobson - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Actually, this book was precisely what I was looking for. I had purchased

and read several of the other airbrush instructional texts and, while they

were great in their own right, they were too generalized for my needs.

Most of them start out with how to choose an airbrush, air supply options,

etc., but then get a little too generalized as I said. They tend to talk

about airbrush techniques as applied to automotive painting, tattoo art,

and what-have-you.

The bottom line is if you are interested in learning airbrushing skills

as they apply to the detailing of plastic model kits, THIS IS THE BOOK

YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. Not only does the author cover the usual subjects

such as airbrush/air source choices, he goes on to ventilation concerns

and solutions, choices of paints and protective coatings, and other


He also presents several project examples as instructions on conceptual

areas such as modeling vinyl figures, weathering (i.e., making something

look like it's been through real-life wear and tear), as well as all those

little details that transform your kit from an overly detailed toy into a

miniature representation of the real item. I was particularly impressed

by the chapter "Adding Dirt and Rust to a '63 Chevy Impala". Here he

describes some very simple yet convincing method of taking a respectable

model kit and making it look like something that belongs in a junkyard,

right down to the grimy whitewalls and windshield wiper streaks.

For myself and others looking to make such transformations, this book

is gold. For others, it's definitely a bit too specialized and will

definitely disappoint, hence my suggestion for the title change.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A helpful tool. 24 Feb 2006
By Chris Chapman - Published on
Format: Paperback
If you are just begining to use an airbrush this book is a must have. I bought the book before my airbrush gun and the book helped get me the proper equipment and techniques to use it properly. I have since turned off the T.V. and created beutiful memories.
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