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The Airfix Book of Scale Modelling [Paperback]

Jonathan Mock , Airfix
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24 May 2011
The Airfix Book of Scale Modelling is the essential guide to making greatlooking model kits and getting the most out of this fascinating and rewarding hobby, explaining how to build scale models to suit all levels of modelling skill. With full colour photography throughout, the book covers the history of modelling and of the Airfix company, and shows how injection moulded kits are made, before going on to describe and review the major modelling scales, as well as outlining the range of paints, tools and accessories that are available. Chapters include guides to choosing a kit, tools for the job, painting, decals, conversions, figure-painting, dioramas and more. Common problems and how to solve them are addressed, and the book also features a series of step-by-step construction projects, including expert builds of the F86 Sabre jet, the Aston Martin DBR9, a Panzer IV tank, the Airfix yeoman figure (soon to be reissued in time for the London 2012 Olympics), a Trafalgar class submarine and a scenic diorama.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Conway (24 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844861260
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844861262
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 20.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,201 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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By lucius
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modeling reference 6 April 2013
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A good reference book for modelers for begginers but with lots of tips for the more experienced.Good value for money
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hints and tips 5 Jan 2012
By jpm
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Useful basic intro to plastic modelling techniques. Sections on painting and decals especially good. Some of the techniques described are unlikely to be obvious to a beginner
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on what you're looking for... 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a BRILLIANT little book 4 July 2014
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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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