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Build and Convert Airfix Models

Build and Convert Airfix Models Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2011 Title Build and Convert Airfix Models
Author Tom Cole Publisher SAM Publications
Published 2011 ISBN 978-1-906959-20-3
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (BP) £19.99 (Approx 34.50 USD)


Here is an interesting new title from SAM Publications. Author Tom Cole walks through just about every 1/76 armor kit produced by Airfix, organized by topic area. This well-illustrated title is an impressive work that shows the reader what is possible with building Airfix armor kits. Each topic area is discussed to provide a setting for each project(s), with a selection of in-progress and final shots to show what was done to each kit to achieve the final result. Needless to say, there are some interesting techniques and conversions used to achieve the results you'll see in here.

The author looks at each of the kits, with clear shots to show where filler and/or scrap plastic was used to modify the kit, identifies where some parts may come from other kits, shows the results that can be had with different painting and weathering techniques as well as some of the interesting results between home-made decals from a printer versus markings from paint masks.

The topics are broken down:

  • Introduction
  • World War One
    • Great War Warriors
    • Across the Trenches
  • World War Two
    • Light Tank
    • Wehrmacht Workhorse
    • Heavy Mover
    • Small Haulers
    • Desert Detail
    • Fire Support
    • Mobile Battery
    • Armoured Assault
    • An Allied Icon
    • British Bulldog
    • Track and Flak
    • Amphibious Buffaloes #1
    • Lend-Lease Land Weapons
    • A Big Stick
    • Variations on a Theme
    • Amphibious Ducks
    • Cross Kitting
    • Building Bridges
    • Amphibious Buffaloes #2
    • Aussie Armor
    • Antipodean Earth Mover
    • Canadian Light Hauler
    • A Snappy Sherman
    • Flawed Firepower
  • Post War
    • Trucking and Tanking
    • A Dogged Interceptor
    • On A Crusade
    • Fearsome Warrior
    • Cold War Warrior
    • Hard Top, Soft Top
    • One Tonne Trucking
    • Fire Support and Armoured Assault
  • Appendix I
    • M4 Sherman - The History of a Classic Kit

This title will definitely appeal to the small-scale armor modeler as it shows what can be accomplished from these inexpensive classic kits that you still won't find in the new kits being produced today. This title nicely highlights what can be accomplished by a real modeler versus the average kit assembler.

My sincere thanks to SAM Publications for this review sample!


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