This is the first it what looks like it will be a series of books.

The book is unique in that it is ring bound, so you can fold it back and lay it flat on your table, with one page clearly visible. The book is 8′ square and contains 120 pages of semi-glossy pages. The covers are laminated and overall the book looks well designed to live on your workbench and be resistant to any spills and stains it might pick up.

The book states it is designed for people who have “…more than a few models behind them…” and are ready to move forward and pick up some new techniques. All the models used in the book are 1/72, however, a lot of what is in the book is transferable to other scales.

The book contains 9 chapters:

  • Rigging techniques
  • Rescribing
  • Building a resin kit
  • Creating rivet detail
  • Camouflage paint weathering
  • White distemper
  • Fabric, wood and stripes
  • Natural metal finish
  • Kwik building-organise your builds

Each of the chapters are well laid out and the associated images are clear and help explain the text. Chapter 1 starts with showing you 2 ways to do rigging, with stretched sprue on a SG-38 glider and with elastic thread on a Gloster Gladiator. Next up is rescribing using various tools for various contours found on an Aermacchi MB 339A. Next up is building a pair of resin Venoms. The techniques used here will also be relevant in building many short run kits. Chapter 4 is about rivets, recessed rivets on an A6M3 and raised rivets on a F6F-5 Hellcat. Chapter 5 is al about how to put a weather camouflage paint scheme in a AH-1G. Next is my favourite chapter on applying a white distemper camouflage on  a Me 110E. Chapter 7 is all about replicating fabric and wood on another SG-38 glider and there also a section on how to deal with paint schemes that are too tricky to do with decals, and have to be painted. The final chapter on techniques is a natural metal finish on a P-38J. The various metallic paints are discussed but Gunze Sangyo Super Metallic paints were used for the build. The last chapter contains a few general tips more about builds in general than any particular technique. I found this last chapter pretty interesting.

Overall this is a very well laid out book and definitely deserves a place on the bench of someone wanting to pick up a few more techniques. I’m looking forward to see what the second book brings.

The book is available from Valiant Wings website and thanks to my wallet for the book. 🙂

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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