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Save your money, this is the only modelmaking book you need.
on 29 April 2011
There seems to be 3 types of modelmaking book out there:
Firstly there's the technical or technique-focussed book (Criss B. Mills' book is a good example of this). These books cover every eventually. There's a list of all the tools that you might require and how to use them. A list of the different materials and what they're best used for. There's tutorials on 'how to make this exact model'. These books can be a bit too exhaustive and potentially patronising at times, they seem to be best suited as a reference book for a professional modelmaker who needs to get everything spot on, every time.
Then there's the coffee table books, with a focus on the polished and sexy presentation models that you would see at a public exhibition. They make great browsing, but they won't make you a better modelmaker.
This book, however, adresses a more resourceful reader, it equips you with the language and the concepts. It introduces the techniques. It then goes on to show you what is possible through student's and practitioner's examples but it ultimately leaves it up to you to experiment. This is very analogous to architectural study at university- they give you the bricks, but you have to build the wall.