As we come up to World Water day, it was nice to finally get a paper copy of the water issue of the weathering magazine in my hands. You see, I’ve been reading them on my iPad up to now and I must say having the real thing in my hand makes quite a difference. The size difference between an iPad and the magazine, which is A4 size (roughly letter size for North America) makes the images that much bigger and that much clearer. The magazine is on 62 pages of good quality glossy paper, possibly a little thicker than usual magazine paper.
The magazine starts off with the editorial by Mig Jiminez which gives an introduction to both the subject of this issue, water, and to the new model used on some of the pages, Akatsiya. Turning the page we see the table of contents and a cheeky photograph of Akatsiya. When my wife looked through the magazine and got to this page there was a short but lively discussion on what a “guy thing” this was. Personally it doesn’t bother me one way or the other and it certainly makes the Weathering Magazine stand out from the crowd.
The first article is by Chris Flodberg and shows us how to display a ship in the open ocean. As you can see in one of the attached images, it is pretty impressive and looks realistic. I’ve tried using this method myself, albeit in a simpler style for a smaller scale and using Klear instead of cyanoacrylate since I couldn’t find large containers of cyanoacrylate at a price that wouldn’t break the bank. I must say that even though I changed things a little, it worked – even though I was just trying it out to see what happened after my earlier 2 or 3 failures with other materials. Chris takes you through everything you need to know to make realistic ocean scenes, and it works, and I can’t really say better than that. There follows a couple of pages of some of Chris’ other work for you to be impressed with.
Next we have an article by Iain Hamilton of something we’ve probably all witnessed – an abandoned vehicle. In this article the emphasis is not so much on the water that is standing on the canvas roof as the overall effect of the rust, leaves and general feel of the parts that go together to give the overall effect. Iain explains how he got the “tide-marks” on the roof that simulate the gradual evaporation of the water on the roof and the various techniques used in creating the abandoned Citroen 2CV.
The third article by Sergoi Fenoy is in 1/72 and goes through quite a few interesting things. To start with you’re shown the steps taken to paint and weather the LAV-25 and then produce the base for the diorama. Then the vehicle is placed in the stream, but the interesting thing is that as the water flows past the vehicle it changes colour as it washes the dirt off the LAV-25 and carries it off downstream.
Next up is an article by Jean-Bernard Andre where once again the water forms the main part of the diorama but the building of the whole diorama is explained. This diorama is quite artistic in my opinion and well worth a look to see how he pulled it all together. “The Crossing” by Diego Quijano is quite the piece of work as he displays a Tiger I emerging from a river and explains how he made all the water that is caught in mid air, running off the Tiger, as if in a photograph. Next is “A Country Lane” by Rodrigo Hernandez Cabos and he does just that – a country lane with a stream running down a 2 track lane with greenery all around.
The next build by Javier Soler is quite involved with most of it taken up with a Jagdpanther sat in the very shallow edge of a river. He goes through how to build the giant weeping willow that is covering the tank, as well as the ground work and of course the water. The final build by Rick Lawler is of a modern float-plane at the water’s edge. He explains how he made the rocky outcrop and the wooden dock and how the water was made and textured. The final pages contain some very impressive and emotive dioramas containing water by Jean-Bernard Andre.
Overall, by the end of reading the magazine you should be able to find both inspiration and techniques to introduce water into your model building and dioramas.
The weathering magazine as a whole is highly recommended and if you want to use water in your modelling, everything you need to know is here.
Many thanks to Ammo for the review sample.
Paul Tosney – Model Builder International – www.modelbuilderinternational.com