I look forward to each issue of the weathering magazine and I’ll admit that I’m a subscriber. I subscribed because there’s a lot of detail in each of the build shown in the magazines, a lot more than you would see in a normal monthly magazine. This issue of the weathering magazine starts talking about the different styles that are around at the moment. Some styles come and go but this issue goes through some of modelling styles we have with us right now. Styles seem to be something that you can easily love or hate, and some people have some pretty strong opinions on certain styles. I guess it’s a love it or hate it thing for some people with some styles.

The articles in this issue are:

  • Imperial Army Type 5 Chi-Ri
  • Me 262
  • Firelight
  • Greek F-16
  • The Sherman Exercise
  • Bring It On

The magazine starts with a “Black & White” painting style on an Imperial Army Type 5 Chi-Ri tank. This consists of a basic foundation done in black and white with semi-transparent colours over the top to allow the previous black and white effects to show through. Through 33 steps the painting and weathering is explained and shown, ending up with a well weathered vehicle using AMMO paints and products.

Next is a Me 262 in a “realistic” style. Creating a realistic look to your model can be about the toughest way to go, but the article here will help you along the way – with an aircraft at least. There are 21 separate steps in the painting and weathering of the build.

Firelight is using the “spotlight” technique to replicate all the light hitting your model coming from one direction, such as, in this case, a night time fire. It’s quite interesting to see how the author pulled this together to achieve a very natural looking end result.

Next up is a “clean” F-16, which somehow didn’t make it into the contents list at the start of the magazine. This is probably the most common building style as once you’ve built and painted the kit there’s not much weathering to go on the top. However, what you do add, you have to do right or else it will look out of place. This build of a 1/72 F-16CJ covers a nice clean build over 19 steps.

What follows next is similar, but almost the exact opposite, at least in the way of styles. This build is again a Tamiya 1/72 F-16, but this is a “dirty” Greek F-16 and very heavily weathered. The hard thing to do with modelling a dirty kit is making it look real and not too contrived. Over 22 steps you’re presented with exactly how to achieve this ending up with a model that is both dirty and realistic at the same time.

Next we talk about “Color Modulation” – which is all the rage right now it seems. AMMO has a book dedicated to just this subject, which we have reviewed here. This build goes through a simple explanation of what modulation is and how it works before embarking upon the build of a Sherman. There are some 36 steps in this build and it goes into quite a lot of detail. By the end of the article you will have a good idea of how to attempt your first colour modulation model.

Now there’s an Author’s Gallery photo article about “The explosion of the No 98 tank “Berry””. There are some good quality photographs of the finished diorama along with a brief explanation of how it was painted and weathered. You can see some more progress photos of the build here.

Finally there’s an article on “J-Style”. This style was new to me and is a distinctly Japanese style of small scenes full of detail and colour. This build by Tamaki Maekawa is covered in a lot of detail and a lot of good close up photographs. This build is certainly something out of the ordinary and quite something to see.

The weathering magazine as a whole is highly recommended and if you want to try different styles in your modelling, everything you need to know to give something new a try is here.

Available now as individual issues and as a subscription from the website and also as a download using the Weathering Magazine App.

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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