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Ammo of Mig Jimenez

The Encyclopedia of Aircraft Modelling Techniques Part 3 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2016 Title The Encyclopedia of Aircraft Modelling Techniques Part 3
Author Diego Quijano Publisher Ammo of Mig Jimenez
Published 2015 ISBN 978-84-943891-6-4
Format 200 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 32,00€


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 Three which is focused on painting ( Volume One was focused on cockpit details and Volume Two dealt with other airframe details and paint preparation).

In this installment, the author starts off with tips to get the best results using acrylic paints such as those produced by Ammo by Mig Jimenez. The section on pre-shading your model looks at the common approach of applying black (or really dark gray) lines around the airframe which will provide variations in color once the base coat is applied. The author also notes that this technique tends to render dramatic yet unrealistic results on many subjects and offers an alternate approach to pre-shading using color rather than black. In addition, concepts like white/black and modulated pre-shading are also demonstrated. The same level of useful insight is also provided through the rest of this useful reference. Let's take a look at the coverage:

  • Painting
    • Preparations and Priming
    • Pre-Shading
    • Base Coat and Monotone Camouflage Patterns
    • Multi-Tone Camouflage Schemes
    • Chipped Camouflage
    • Airbrush Highlights and Fading
    • Wood
    • Insignia, Numerals and Stencils
    • Shading with Inks

Each section contains a selection of techniques and emphasizes how you can achieve master's level results with a little extra effort and patience. The step-by-step techniques for preparing for and applying bare metal and gloss painted finishes will help many modelers get past the intimidation as it clearly addresses what to do when dust or other imperfections inevitably happen to the finish.

Whether you're a novice or experienced modeler, this title presents a nice variety of solutions to each aspect of painting and finishing 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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