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Diorama Project 1.1

Diorama Project 1.1 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2019 Title Diorama Project 1.1
Author Various Publisher Accion Press Modelismo
Published 2018 ISBN 978-84-948841-1-5
Format 120 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 22.00€


Accion Press has released the first installment of a new modeling series: Diorama Project - AFV at War. In this title, there is a nice review of model assembly with the emphasis on how to add those missing details sometimes lost on production kits, including a tutorial on using Mr.Surfacer 500 to create casting texture to otherwise smooth surfaces. The prime emphasis of this title is with the painting and weathering of armor models to put them into context with diorama bases and scenery that will be covered in one of the subsequent titles in this series. To put these techniques into context, they are applied to specific subjects. These include:

  • Sherman, Spring 1945
  • Sherman, February 1945
  • M26 Super Pershing, Winter 1945
  • King Tiger, April 1945
  • Tiger I, Winter 1943
  • Renault R-35

Each of the examples above is covered in-depth with excellent photography and step-by-step examples on how to replicate a given visual effect. What is especially nice about this title is the use of a variety of products that we will find on our benches and/or local hobby stores, not a tutorial about products from one weathering/paint manufacturer that may not have good product distribution.

The novice modeler will find some great information in here while the experiened modeler may see some different ideas that might work better that their current techniques. In any case, you'll find good information for any armor modeler in here and I look forward to the next three titles which include:

  • 1.2 - WWII Figures
  • 1.3 - Scenery Part 1
  • 1.4 - Scenery Part 2

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Accion Press for this review sample!