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Aircraft Modelling Essentials

Aircraft Modelling Essentials Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review February 2018 Title Aircraft Modelling Essentials
Author Various Publisher Accion Press Modelismo
Published 2017 ISBN 978-84-95464-95-8
Format 152 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 28.00€


Accion Press has released another useful modeling guide for scale aircraft modelers. Aircraft Modelling Essentials takes the combined works of 10 master modelers to show how to achieve master-quality results using a nice cross-section of subjects. The skills covered here include:

  • Getting Started
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Basic Assembly
  • Cockpit
  • Wheel Wells
  • Gluing the Pieces Together
  • Engine
  • Camouflage
  • Decals
  • Masking
  • Weathering
  • Accessories
  • Advanced

The getting started section is literally that, going to the store, and building a Lego model and a snap-together kit. Perhaps we're getting a bit too literal? The authors/builders dive into a series of progressively more ambitious builds to illustrate the various techniques using WW2 through contemporary subjects. The basic assembly section works from start-to-finish on an Airfix 1/72 Lightning kit.

You'll appreciate the camouflage section, for example, as they illustrate how to replicate the patterns for a MiG-29, Spitfire, and Focke Wulf to illustrate hard-line versus feathered line and masked versus freehand painting styles.

There are a variety of modeling titles on the market, several of which have come from Accion Press. Each one presents its approaches to modeling a little differently since each reader tends to assimilate information differently. This title is well-illustrated with excellent color photos as well as detailed text and captions to get the job done.

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Accion Press for this review sample!