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Airbrushing For Scale Modelers

Airbrushing For Scale Modelers Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2015 Title Airbrushing For Scale Modelers
Author Aaron Skinner Publisher Kalmbach
Published 2015 ISBN 9780890249574
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $22.95


“Nothing improves the look of a model,” FineScale Modeler’s Aaron Skinner accurately avers, “as much as well-airbrushed paint.”

Now Skinner demystifies the process in Airbrushing For Scale Modelers.

Kalmbach’s modeling manual broadly divides into two, fact-packed parts.

The first recaps hobby “airbrushing basics” – like airbrush types, application pointers, masking and troubleshooting. Skinner sorts, for instance, single- from double-action, gravity- from siphon-feed, and internal- from external-mix.

Coverage hits crescendo in the second section. That’s where you’ll find 14 hands-on project examples. Simple, clear explanations and sequential, step-by-step project photos accompany each. Clarity clearly commands this illuminating effort!

Skinner also dutifully offers an excellent cross-section of subjects. Aircraft. Armor. A car. Even figures.

The author illustrates popular techniques, too – like pre-shading with filters, post-shading and Silly Putty masking. He shows, for instance, how to make drab, one-color finishes visually vibrant. And he does a great job of removing airbrushing’s “fear factor”!

Skinner has penned a really handy handbook. Novices will love it. But even experienced airbrushers could learn a thing or two from this beautifully produced piece. Best of all, Skinner puts airbrushing – and scale modeling – into perspective: “Now, let’s have some fun!”


With thanks to Kalmbach Publishing Company for the review copy.