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Panzer Aces Number 50

Panzer Aces Number 50 Book Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review January 2016 Title Panzer Aces Number 50
Author Multiple Publisher Accion Press Modelismo
Published 2015 ISBN -
Format 64 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 11.00€


Here is the latest from Accion Press Modelismo - Issue 50 of Panzer Aces. This is their Allied Forces special edition with interesting techniques to expand your building and finishing skills. The in-depth build, painting and weathering articles in this issue include:

  • Defeat in 35mm - 1/35 diorama
  • Sherman IC Hybrid 'Firefly' - 1/35
  • Painting w/Complementary Colors - 1/35
  • Panic in Oderbruch - 1/35 diorama
  • Acrylic Paint Melting Technique

This first article takes three different kits and brings them together to replicate a photo-opportunity for a German photographer viewing abandoned French combat vehicles after their push of allied forces to Dunkirk. This article discusses how to compose the scene with the vehicles, figures, display base and appropriate scenic backdrop to tie it all together.

The Sherman article provides an interesting conversion to modify an early Sherman into a 17 pdr armed Firefly and how to camouflage the Firefly to spoof the Germans into thinking the vehicle was a conventional Sherman.

The tutorial on painting with complementary colors is a variation of the black and white technique for pre-shading your model prior to applying the base color. The article goes on with a thorough how-to on camouflage and weathering to complete the model, but the subject is a Panther rather than an allied forces vehicle.

The Panic in the Oderbuch diorama is another excellent tutorial on composing and building a diorama, in this scene a surviving Russian tanker bails out of his disabled tank past two German soldiers still engaged in combat.

The final article provides some nice techniques for brush-painting acrylic with the emphasis of this tutorial being the application of paints, washes, and pigments on a cast resin display base.

These Panzer Aces series are must-have references for the armor modeler, whether you're a novice or a master, these issues provide the clear visual how-to techniques which can teach or enhance your own skills. What is also enjoyable with these titles is that they are some of the few left that are not full of advertisements, only the inside cover and rear cover carry ads, the rest is all golden content. You're going to want this in your library!

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Accion Press for this review sample!