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Building and Detailing Model Aircraft (FineScale Modeler Books) Paperback – November 30, 2009
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Pat Hawkey, a professional model builder specializing in aircraft, has been an active modeler since his youth. He is a contributor to and advisory board member for FineScale Modeler magazine.
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Chapters 1 and 2 are about the philosophy of detailing and some history of plastic aircraft models. I really liked these chapters since I grew up while these changes and improvements were being made.
Chapter 3 covers the types of paints to use, a good number of tools and useful techniques, along with the types of glues to use in different cases while building and detailing a model aircraft.
Chapter 4 shows the building of a 1/48 scale SBD Dauntless almost "out of the box". The author Pat Hawkey couldn't seem to resist drilling 268 tiny holes in the air brakes. He does make beautiful models.
Chapter 5 shows the building and detailing of a 1/48 scale P-51 Mustang. Here we get a look at enhancing the cockpit by making seat belts from scratch, detailing and enhancing the instrument panel, making better landing lights and "guess what", how to enhance the reflector glass on the gun site. Wow.
Chapter 6 goes over scribing details on a 1/48 scale RF-84 Thunderflash. This is a great chapter showing techniques and tools for removing raised detail on a model and replacing it with scribed recessed lines. There is also a small section on rubber molds and resin casting.
Chapter 7 is about adding realism and using aftermarket details. There is lots of discussion here on applying photo-etched parts, resin parts and canopies. Lots of meat here. To do this, three different models are built: a 1/32 scale Fi.156 Storck, a 1/48 scale Spitfire Mk.IXe and a 1/72 scale P-40N Warhawk, each one fascinating.
Chapter 8 covers vacuum-formed and resin conversions. These chapters seemed a little weak to me probably because I don't like vacuum-formed aircraft models but for those interested in this type of model there is plenty of info here.
All-in-all I found this a great book and each of its 95 pages always left me wanting to try some of the new techniques I had found in the book.
The only down side to this order was how Amazon handled the shipping costs. This book was part of an order that was close to $100 with all items meeting the free shipping criteria, yet Amazon still charged $3.88 shipping because THEY split the order. Oh well.