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Ammo of Mig Jimenez

The Encyclopedia of Aircraft Modelling Techniques Part 2 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2015 Title The Encyclopedia of Aircraft Modelling Techniques Part 2
Author Diego Quijano Publisher Ammo of Mig Jimenez
Published 2015 ISBN 978-84-943891-3-9
Format 160 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 32,00€

Review

There are a growing number of modeling 'how-to' titles on the market and the folks at Ammo by Mig Jimenez are producing a five-volume series covering different aspects of aircraft modeling techniques. Here is Volume Two and it focuses on detailing other areas of the aircraft (cockpits were covered in Volume One) and different techniques to assemble and prepare your model for painting.

This title starts with the area of the model that many modelers tend to speed through - the wheel wells. As with the first volume, each section has great photography to illustrate a given technique, and each section demonstrates several different methods to achieve a given result. Let's take a look at the coverage:

  • Interiors
    • Landing Gear
    • Scratch-Build Interior Details
    • Piston Engines
    • Jet Engines
  • Exterior Assembly
    • Fuselage Assembly
    • Wings Assembly
    • Detailing
    • Masking

Each section contains a selection of techniques and emphasizes how you can achieve master's level results with a little extra effort and patience. Looking in the landing gear section, there are great discussions on kit plastic landing gear as well as resin, brass, and white metal aftermarket gear and how to work with each. Not happy with the gear struts out of their respective packages, the author shows easy ways to attach and route wire to simulate hydraulic lines as well as how to paint, mask, weather, and finish these details. A similar in-depth discussion is also shown with wheels - masking, painting, and weathering to achieve some impressive results though none of the steps are complex. I rather like the idea of drilling holes on the flat portions of weighted wheels to attach toothpicks or other materials which serve as handholds while hand and airbrush painting these parts.

Whether you're a novice or experienced modeler, this title presents a nice variety of solutions to each aspect of modeling around the airframe and I've already spotted more ideas I'm going to try on the bench soon. If the head chef in your household can collect recipe books for inspiration, why not indulge in some modeling inspiration of your own and check out this series.

My sincere thanks to Ammo of Mig Jimenez for this review copy!

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