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The Weathering Aircraft - Panels

The Weathering Aircraft - Panels Magazine Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review November 2015 Title The Weathering Aircraft - Panels
Author Multiple Publisher Accion Press Modelismo
Published 2015 ISBN -
Format 66 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 9,00€


I had a good laugh when this new title arrived - I was experimenting with Mig Panel Line Washes on my P-40E Warhawk (look here) and here is a title dedicated to that subject. Actually, Accion Press and Mig teamed up to produce a periodical which tackles different aspects of weathering aircraft complete with different case studies on each topic. In this first title, the focus is on panel lines and how to achieve those eye-catching results. The subjects/case studies used for this issue include:

  • MiG-29 Fulcrum
  • Hellcat Mk.II
  • T-2 Buckeye Aggressor
  • Fw 190A-5
  • F-15J Aggressor
  • X-Wing Fighter (Star Wars)

What's interesting is with the exception of one article, the authors don't share the kit maker nor scale of their models (though you can figure that out on your own) as they usually pick up the story after the model is assembled and some have their base coats of paint in place. Each author addresses the aspects of weathering different camouflage colors and how to bring out the surface detailing using different washes. In one case, the author describes how to add the rivet details and panel lines missing on a kit in order to have surface details to weather.

This new series looks very interesting and as I said above, this first issue was quite timely. I plan on exploring some of the other techniques described in this title in the near future. The next edition of this 'The Weathering Aircraft' series will focus on chipping. I never could quite understand the concept of hair spray for chipping and now that there are specialty products available for chipping, it will be interesting to see how different modeler approach chipping on their projects.

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to The Weathering Aircraft for this review sample!


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