Advanced Terrain Modelling (Modelling Masterclass) (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/8/21
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The secrets of top-class terrain modelling are revealed and demonstrated by Richard Windrow, one of the world's leading diorama modellers, in this new addition to the successful Masterclass series. Everything from medieval castles to the destruction wrought upon modern cities by war is covered in this wide-ranging and accessible approach. Explore the difficulties of creating an effective desert environment from the sandstone of Arizona to the wastelands of North Africa. Discover the delicate handiwork needed to create the barbed wire death traps of No-Man's Land and the frozen wilderness of Russia in winter.
This variety of seasons, environments and historical periods are detailed in over 200 full color step-by-step photographs so that a range of modeller's "how to" questions are easily answered. Accompanying the photographs is an invaluable guide to the materials and techniques needed to create top quality terrain, providing the essential reference volume for the military and non-military modeller alike.
"This text is a must for the modeling fan, military or non-military, as it provides some unique techniques unlikely to be found elsewhere." -Timothy Baghurst, The Traveller (November 2007)
"His descriptions of materials and layout tips can be applied to all kinds of model layout, both military and civilian in subject, and pairs close-up color photos with the author's descriptions of how he built each landscape, and the special challenges involved. An intriguing survey, this would be the perfect addition to any collection appealing to hobbyists." -California Bookwatch (October 2007)
"...an extraordinarily well presented, informative and inspirational book." -Jim Rae, Aeroscale (August 2007)
"There are few books as truly useful as ones like this. Modelers of every skill level will be able to find things that they can do to help improve the look of their presentations. Thanks to the copious number of quality images that accompany each article, those with the will should be able to follow what was done with ease. It is a book that I can most highly recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (August 2007)
This book is fantastic! I bought it for Kindle but I now wish I had the hard copy since the photos are so awesome. If I had bought the hard copy I'd easily award five stars. The Kindle version would benefit greatly from larger/higher resolution photographs so I award four stars instead of five.
This is a useful book for teaching techniques but it's not a "follow along" project-type book; There are no step-by-step projects within. Rather, the author provides descriptions and photographs of some finished terrain models and then goes about explaining the tools, materials and techniques used to build them from scratch.
The tone of the book is conversational. It reminds me of talking to a really nice hobby shop owner who is explaining to me how he built the models that I have been admiring in the store.
If you are looking for a book to walk you step-by-step through recreating the author's exact projects, this is probably not that book. This book WILL take you step-by-step through some higher-level techniques, along the lines of "here's how I made that mud puddle" or "here's what I did to get the look of real fallen leaves on the ground". You can take this knowledge and apply it to your own modeling projects.
A fun, fascinating read. if I had the hardcover version I'd probably leave it on my coffee table.
This book is NOT a "hardcover." The publisher is giving the false idea that it is. This is a spiral-bound book. It has stiff cardboard covers, which make it look like a hardcover. No doubt, the publisher wanted to save money, so they went from real hard cover to this rotten fake one. Be careful of turning the pages; like other spiral bound books they will get caught and tear if you're not careful.
This is the second time I've been burned by a British publisher. The first was a "hardcover" book by Iain Rice, published by Haynes Publishing UK. I love Rice's work in the model railroad magazines, so I bought it. However, it, too, was a fake. It was a trade paperback book (i.e., a paperback but larger than the tradition size paperback), glued into some pretty feeble cardboard covers. The paperback tore away from the cover the first time I looked at it.
In both cases, the low quality of the book does not warrant the cost to the consumer.