- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal; 1st edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 185367317X
- ISBN-13: 978-1853673177
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,077,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Encyclopedia of Military Modelling Hardcover – February 1, 1998
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The illustrations are generous and nicely reproduced, and the instruction first rate. Some American insignia is oddly jumbled and mislabeled, sources for the supplies mentioned and a bibliography would not have gone amiss, and the index is unfortunately stingy, but the work will stand as a useful basic introduction to an interesting hobby.(The "score" rating is an unfortunately ineradicable feature of the page. This reviewer does not "score" books.)
It starts talking about major modelling periods, from ancient up to modern days. Here shows what could be the major flaw of the book, namely, that it is relatively old (1981), so you will find no references to latest conflicts (Malvinas/Falklands, Lebanon War, Gulf War, etc).
Then it talks about: How to start, figure modelling, weapons and equipment, soft skin and armoured vehicles, artillery and dioramas.
Most chapters are very good, with pictures and sample projects. Maybe the exception is the diorama chapter, rather short and raw for an issue as important as this for military modeling.
Given that the book tries to cover all the history of warfare, if you are oriented to, say, tank modeling, maybe you will feel that much of the book is not relevant for you (same could be said for figure modelers). But if you want a global review of the hobby and some insights, this book is for you.