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The Airfix Book of Scale Modelling Paperback – 26 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Conway (26 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844861260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844861262
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.2 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Mock is an expert modeller and has been building plastic scale models for more than thirty years. After finishing art school in the 1980s, he worked in publishing as a graphic designer and contributed articles and artwork to modelling titles like Scale Aircraft Modelling, Scale Models International and Plastic Kit Constructor. Jonathan now works on a freelance basis, researching and designing decal artwork for Airfix along with producing work for other companies such as The Aviation Workshop, a job he describes as 'the perfect blend of my modelling, historical and artistic interests'.'

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By lucius on 28 Feb. 2012
Format: Paperback
I've seen a negative review of this. I think it simply needs clarifying that this is a book for the beginner but will give you much useful information about tools and techniques to go to the next level. It takes you through four or five projects using specific kits with some very nice colour photography. I wanted advice on painting and was delighted that this is pretty thorough. I know an experienced modeller will have plenty more to add but for me at my level I'm very happy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazoniac TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2014
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I already own The Boys' Book of Airfix, which is a detailed history of this famous company, and I bought this book because I wanted to add to my knowledge on the actual building side of the hobby.
I did build Airfix kits when I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, but I never really did it with any great skill or panache, and I thought I might give over a small amount of my retirement 'spare time' to trying to do a slightly better job a second time around.
There is a short 'potted' history of the Airfix brand, and some interesting nuggets of information about the company. its founder and even its name - and no, the name has nothing to do with aircraft!
The book has plenty of information for a beginner, including chapters on tools, techniques, painting, using filler and varnishes, airbrushing, and so on.
In addition there are also a number of 'step-by-step' guides which show how to assemble a specific range of models.
This proved a very useful tool for me, as I was able to buy a model (in this case the F-86F Sabre) and then assemble it alongside the instructions contained in the book.
The Kindle version of the book is quite badly laid out, with illustrations appearing quite a way from the text that refers to them, making quick reference difficult to do. You seem to spend a lot of time flipping from one screen to another.
The paper version seems to suffer no such problems and the illustrations are where you expect to find them - next to the text that refers to them!
Overall I think the Kindle Version is worthy of only 3 stars because of this endless misplacement of illustrations - especially in a book which relies on them to get its message across. I attach an example image to give you an idea.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gooseygander on 17 Jan. 2015
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This is an excellent book for somebody returning to modelling, in my case after a gap of about 30yrs, or somebody just starting out. During my absence things have moved on a great deal and this little book puts things into perspective both on the kits and resources available and the skills needed. It is not aiming at the experienced modeller but purely and squarely at somebody hoping to develop their skills. The section on the history of Airfix brought back many happy memories. As my skills develop I may well purchase a more advanced book but for the time being this is more than adequate.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Duke_sc on 13 Mar. 2013
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I got this book because I wanted to get back into making models but wanted them to look good enough to keep for display, rather than pass them on to young relatives to fire catapults at! I confess to being somewhat underwhelmed by it. It's not that it doesn't pass on some worthwhile skills through the different step by step builds inside. It's little niggly things.

For example, some of the aforementioned skills are described in the text only and not shown in the photographs, which if you've never done them before will infuriate. On the photographs; in general they are too small - yes of course they have to fit the book, (which is slightly wider than an airport novel), but more close-ups and full page photographs would have helped alot. Some of them are so small as to be virtually impossible to make out the feature under discussion, i.e. the rust effect on the exhaust of the Panzer tank.

My biggest criticism - and this is why I've titled this as above - is that for me there's too much talk about the history of model making, and how hard it was in the old days to get reliable facsimile models of the real thing because of the technology of the day, etc., and a whole lot about who the players were in the modelmaking world. It's chapter 4 before he starts talking about what you'll need to build models!

So in conclusion, this isn't a bad book. You will learn some useful things to help build and paint your models, but you might just feel there could've been more of them and better presented at that.
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This is a BRILLIANT little book.It is clearly written and the photographs are just right,in terms of illustrating the text applicable to them
The first chapter is about the history of scale model construction kit .
The second chapter is full of good advice on choosing the right kit for you ( scales,subjects,manufacturers etcetera).)Chapter three tells you about the processes involved in manufacturing kits,which includes a section on how the new box artwork is created using computer-aided design software - fascinating, for some!
the fourth chapter advices you on the tools you will need to help you with your build.
The next section is a step-by-step build of an Airfix f86f Sabre.It is really useful and the advice given can be apllied to any other kit you choose to build.
Chapter five is really good - it takes you through painting techniques you may use,wet brushing,dry brushing and air brushing.It also gives advice on masking techniques,
in this section is another step-by-step build, this time a Panzer IV.
Next, a very useful chapter on applying decals and a step-by-step build of an Airfix Aston Martin DBR9.
Chapter seven talks about how to convert kits to make a model which has more to it than the original kit,plus more advanced cosmetic methods,such as heavy weathering advice.
Next comes a section on a step-by-step build of an Airfix Trafalgar class submarine and it tackles the diorama nightmare of making a realistic-looking sea surface - excellent!
Chapter eight looks at figures and how to make them look more realistic.
Part of this chapter is a step-by-step build of a 1:12 scale Yeoman of the Guard figure.
The next part is a description of how to build a 1:76 diorama.using Airfix buildings kits and other materials.
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