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Building And Detailing Scale Model Cars
by Pat Covert March 2006
Very few hobbies offer more ways to gratify their devotees than car modeling. Many do it for the simple fact that they enjoy working with their hands. Some prefer to build a model replica of a car they own or have owned in the past. Others desire building certain types of cars because they dream of owning one, driving one, or being able to admire the car at any given time. Modelers can take time out to dream any time by simply walking over to the display shelf and letting a model car transport them to automotive Valhalla. The act of building a model car requires strategic planning, mental preparation, hand-to-eye coordination, and the determination to achieve an end goal. Building and Detailing Scale Model Cars reveals the fundamentals of building, painting, and detailing model cars. Author Pat Covert has left no stone unturned. He uses over 300 detailed color photographs to illustrate techniques, tools, adhesives, paint, polish, masking and decals, weathering, fine detailing, and more.

Classic Kits: Collecting The Greatest Model Kits In The World From Airfix To Tamiya

Remembering Revell Model Kits

Aurora Model Kits

Basics of Scale Automotive Modeling : Getting Started in the Hobby
Lively and informal writing introduces young or beginning modelers to the fundamentals of modeling scale cars. Covers the basics of assembly, gluing, decaling, and painting, including brush, spray can, and airbrush techniques. Includes a color gallery of finished models for inspiration.

Build and Detail Model Cars Like a Pro

Building and Detailing Scale Model Muscle Cars

Building and Detailing Scale Model Stock Cars
Shows modelers how to create replicas of NASCAR winners�and brings to life the history of stock car racing. From the '49 Ford Coupes of early NASCAR races to the aerodynamic machines of today, this book offers step-by-step instructions for over a dozen modeling projects to re-create these exciting cars.

How to Build Creative Dioramas for Your Scale Auto Models

Custom Car Modeling
Guides the beginner into the most creative�and most demanding�branch of the hobby! Begin with an ordinary kit and build the custom car of your dreams! Learn how, step by step, with tips and techniques from one of the hobby's leading modelers. Covers all the basics of modeling with strong emphasis on bodywork and painting. � Highly photographic presentation with photos of each step � Designed for any skill level � Premier book from a well-known author and modeler, Mark Gustavson

Collecting Model Car & Truck Kits
In addition to a snapshot history of model kits, this colorful look back at these nostalgic treasures features histories and descriptions of the most collectible models produced by Revell, Monogram, AMT, and MPC. Color photos illustrate subjects like AMT's Trophy Series double kits, 1953 to 1962 Corvette kits, the rise and fall of AMT's annual kit line, 1/25 -scale semis and tractors, 1/16 -scale kits, road-going Ferrari kits, and dragster models. A final chapter offers advice on getting started in the collecting hobby and and discusses the issue of collecting vintage kits versus actually assembling them.

Scale Model Detailing
Shows how to work with paints and finishes, adapt scale figures, add weathering, and use detailing techniques to add realistic details to cars, tanks, aircraft, ships, and diorama scale models. From FineScale Modeler Magazine.

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How to Use an Airbrush

Airbrush Painting Techniques
This book is designed to impart the techniques of using this effective tool quickly and easily. All three types of airbrush are examined and explained in simple terms. The title also boasts an excellent section on actually using the airbrush, and studies in depth the painting of four different miniatures. Clear photographs are taken of the painting process on each different model, showing all sorts of exciting techniques. Methods of lightening and darkening, representing camouflage and weathering and mixing exactly the right colour are all explained. A book that will suit both complete beginners and those wanting to get more out of their airbrush.

Basic Aviation Modelling
This is the first in a new series of highly illustrated books for the model maker. Basic Aviation Modelling is an excellent introduction to the art of making model aeroplanes from kits. High definition pictures take the reader through all the stages of making a variety of kits. The emphasis throughout is to make the tasks understandable in a step-by-step format. Working with readily available kits from Tamiya, Verlinden and Revell, the less experienced modeller is shown the do's and don'ts of modelling techniques with particular emphasis on the common difficulties that the inexperienced modeller might face. This series will build into a library of practical information for the modeller.

Advanced Aviation Modelling
This is the second in the new Modelling Manual series which sets out to help the more experienced modeller to improve techniques and expand their modelling horizons. Working with models like the MIG27 Fulcrum, the A-10, and the WW1 Roland Walfisch the reader is shown how with patience and care these and other models can be superdetailed to a very high standard. Very detailed colour photographs and a concise but explanatory text show the modeller how to turn a basic kit model into a show-stopper.

Scale Aircraft Modelling
Starting with the very basics, the author guides you through the essential skills and techniques needed to build a scale model aircraft to be proud of. Concentrating on the construction of plastic kits in the popular scales, Scale Aircraft Modelling also looks at how to improve your model or create a different version by using specially manufactured components in plastic, resin and metal.

WWII Aircraft Volume II
Following on the heals of the highly successful volume I in this new series, this edition continues the Verlinden legacy of beautifully photographed, incredibly detailed scale models displayed in attractive diorama settings. Again divided into six separate sections, the subjects in this book include three made by the professional staff at Verlinden Studios: a 1:48 scale German twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf 110G-4 nightfighter updated with highly detailed Verlinden Productions resin and photo-etched metal detail parts, a 1:48 scale Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress displayed after having been shot down over Europe, complete with very realistic flak and bullet holes, and finally, a pair of the revolutionary German Me-262 jet fighters, one a single-seat jet bomber, and the other a rare two-seat nightfighter. These two are again highly detailed with Verlinden Productions resin and photo-etched parts, and share a diorama base depicting a routine day on a Luftwaffe airbase, complete w! ith spare parts and maintenance equipment. Two models from Gordon Stronach, a highly skilled professional modeler from the Verlinden staff, are featured including a pair of exquisitely detailed 1:48 German JU-87 Stuka dive bombers undergoing engine changes in a North African setting, and a beautifully detailed and weathered1:48 Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat of the U.S. Navy undergouing routine maintenance on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Another accomplished modeler, Noel Lawson, is credited with a beautifully detailed and painted 1:32 scale SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber of the U.S.Navy. Each article is supplemented with informative, step-by-step descriptions and photographs to show the reader how such beautiful results were achieved. A must for any serious scale modeler, as well as aviation enthusiasts and WWII buffs.

Building and Displaying Scale Model Aircraft With Paul Boyer
How to make a high-quality display of any model aircraft. Teaches basic aircraft modeling preparation and assembly techniques. Includes suggestions for painting and decaling with special attention to creative displays and mounting tips for finished projects.

Modeling Classic Combat Aircraft

Model Aircraft Aerodynamics

Flying Models

Modeling Realistic Tanks and Artillery: An Illustrated Guide
Learn how to make realistic models of tanks, towed and self-propelled artillery, and trucks. This easy-to-understand book includes over 400 photos and is written by Kalmbach's most prolific author. Also offers tips on solving common modeling problems.

How to Paint Realistic Military Figures

Modelling and Painting Figures (Osprey Modelling Manuals, Volume 8)
Probably the greatest test of the modeller is achieving the perfectly posed figure. This title explains how best to set up the figure, and goes on to deal with the niceties of painting, facial expressions, clothing etc. With no detail unexplored, everything is clearly explained with step by step photos.

Building Military Dioramas (Volume 1)
This book is the fourth in the new modeling series by Verlinden Productions. The main focus of this book is the delicate art of diorama composition, construction, and painting. Five magnificent dioramas created by VP Studios cover every stage in the complicated development of these pieces, in a very easy to follow step-by-step process. Every aspect is covered, from dealing with multiple levels, multiple angles, modeling water, distribution of the various elements, blending colors, foliage, ground debris, focal points, etc. Nothing has been overlooked in this compact and comprehensive book. Two bonus articles showcase the work of two very accomplished modelers, Young Jin Won, and Greg Chilar. The former, renowned for his figure painting skills, accomplishes a difficult feat by composing a Vietnam diorama comprising of only figures, numbering some 14 in all. The latter shows the effectiveness of the large 120mm scale with his prizewinning RETREAT FROM BUDAPEST, which beautifully depicts retreating Germans late in WWII tending their wounded in the shadow of the mighty Panther tank. This book caters not only to the dedicated modeler, but also to the historian and military enthusiast, as well as the artist.

Military Vehicles Volume I

How to Build Dioramas
Learn everything you need to know about making your dioramas look real! This fantastic revised edition will show you how with new projects, new photos, and expert tips. Includes painting, weathering, and detailing tips for figures, aircraft, vehicles, and more! 290+ photos with color throughout; 41 illus

Ship Modeling Simplified: Tips and Techniques for Model Construction from Kits
In Ship Modeling Simplified, master model builder Frank Mastini puts to paper the methods he's developed over 30 years at the workbench to help novices take their first steps in an exciting pastime. You don't need the deftness of a surgeon or the vocabulary of an old salt to build a model. What you need is an understanding coach. Mastini leads readers from the mysteries of choosing a kit and setting up a workshop through deciphering complicated instructions and on to painting, decorating, and displaying finished models--with patience and clarity, not condescension. He reveals dozens of shortcuts: How to plank a hull "egg-shell tight"; how to build and rig complicated mast assmeblies without profanity; how to create sails that look like sails. . . . And along the way he points out things that beginners usually do wrong--beforehand, not after they've taken hammers to their projects.

Ship Modeling Simplified even includes an Italian-English dictionary of nautical terms, the key to assembling the many high-quality Italian kits on the American market.

Model building is fun, and not nearly as difficult as some experts would have you believe. Here is everything you'll ever need to get started in a hobby that will last a lifetime.

Basics of Ship Modeling

Planking Techniques for Model Ship Builders

Ship Modeling from Stem to Stern
Written in an engaging, conversational style, this comprehensive guide leads the reader through every aspect of ship modeling, from how to scale-down plans and what glues and paints to use, to how to build a ship model in a bottle and where to turn for more help.

How to Make a Clipper Ship Model / Book and Blueprints for Model Ship

Handbook of Model Rocketry
The Classic Guide by the "Father of Model Rocketry" Now Completely Revised and up to Date� This new edition of the model rocketeer�s "bible" shows you how to safely build, launch, track, and recover model rockets�and have fun doing it. Whether you�re a beginner or a veteran model rocketeer, the Handbook of Model Rocketry, the official manual of the National Association of Rocketry (NAR), will become your well-used reference book. G. Harry Stine has been a model rocketeer since 1957 when he founded the NAR and started the first model rocket company. Stine�s Handbook, after satisfying rocket enthusiasts for nearly three decades, remains the definitive resource. Recent technological progress has had a major effect on the model rocket hobby and sport.

 

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