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Abakan 2288: Kallamity's World of Mecha Design Part One Paperback – 26 Dec 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press (26 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 1.5 x 28.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,372,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zampriolo s attention to detail really pays off; his style remains unique and instantly recognisable. The result is a highly sophisticated look at an alternative future of man and machine. Well worth a read. --Starburst Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Luca Zampriolo was born in Mantova in 1975. He received his degree from Bologna Academy of Arts in 2001 and devoted himself to painting, graphic and sculpture works. He currently lives in Rome and is a prolific creator of limited edition mecha design robots that are collectible and highly sought after. This is his first book showcasing his robot designs and the world that they inhabit, ABAKAN 2288.


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By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 May 2012
Format: Paperback
Length: 1:22 Mins
This is an amazing book featuring the mecha art and models of Luca Zampriolo, aka Kallamity. Great for anyone interested in assembling, building or designing mechas.

The concept is set in the future in a world that has run out of resources. The idea is not particular unique but more to provide background. As usual, there will be one powerful entity, in this case the Weingart family, who has the power and technology to build all sorts of stuff of which some are mechas.

The book starts of with concept art for the dystopia future world. It looks like there are mining plants built everywhere, even in cities with skyscrapers there are factories spilling out smoke just beside.

The rest of the book are concept art for mechas and a selected few are being made into actual models. There are only a few featured because each one has an crazy amount of detail. One model took 11 months to finish. They are mainly the walker-type heavy mechas, a spaceship carrier and a crew all suited up. You can see some design influence from Kow Yokoyama which was mentioned in the book.

There are photos of all the created parts either by casting or sculpting. The models are made from Milliput (bicomponent stucco) and plasticard. For one of the human models, Super Sculpey was used.

Every piece created is intricately designed and worked on. For example, you can see all the tiny holes for ventilation grills. All surfaces have details even though some were eventually covered up by other parts. There are also many photos from different angles, and photos at different stages of completion.

Lengthy commentary is provided on how each mecha was designed and built. It's not tutorial style so it's not a beginners book.
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A great source book for Mecha design, his artwork is inspiring and his sculpting and model making skills are detailed and imaginative. He looks into super detailing your models and if you go to his web site he still has some of his casts for sale for you to build and paint. A must for either a serious miniature modeler or a fan of mecha art and design! Highly recommended!
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Couldn't think of a better title. The book is Fantastic!
The quality of the model making and design is great.

Inspirational stuff.

Back story of the mecha is very well thought out and well executed.

Nice foreword by Kow Yokoyama also :)
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Luca Z (aka Kallamity) is a Scratch-building genius!
This book is lavishly produced and filled to bursting with photos, background and artwork. In the most part it follows the development of several Kallamity model kits from initial sketch, through the scratch-building process and finally to production and painting of a finished kit, with Luca's own commentary throughout giving insight into his designs.

A must have for Mecha modelers
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