4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent text, mediocre illustrations,
This review is from: Architectural Model Building: Tools, Techniques & Materials (Paperback)
The text of this books is an excellent introduction and step-by-step guide to building models. It defines the different types of models and explains when each one is appropriate. It describes different types of materials and explains how to use them. It provides advice on setting up a workspace, and guides students through the entire model-making process, from planning to adding material finishes. A final chapter discusses entourage - the elements that provide scale, such as people and trees. The text is clear and concise. It assumes no prior knowledge and takes readers from the basic elements through more advanced techniques and more difficult materials.
The illustrations, however, are not equal to the text. With the exception of 6 pages of beautiful, glossy, full-color photographs in the middle, all the illustrations are black-and-white photographs. The b&w photographs are not particularly crisp, and the contrast isn't very high. The quality is barely adequate to the task of illustrating a particular type of model or step in the building process. In many instances, a simple b&w line drawing would have been much clearer.
If this were an inexpensive book, I would happily forgive the mediocre illustrations, but at the list price, I think the illustrations should be better than the ones I take with my cell phone.
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