Mr. Wilder provides a series of YouTube video’s displaying some of the same techniques that are in Adam’s Armour 1. The book, however, contains far more information than the videos.
Two publications are now available through Casemate and AFV Modeller Publications. Adam Wilder, a talented and gifted modeler, as well as an excellent writer, has authored “Adam’s Armour 1” and “Adam’s Armour 2”. This review focuses on “Adam’s Armour 1”.
“1” focuses on the construction of the model while “2” covers painting and finishing.
Reviewing the Table of Contents is an appropriate and enlightening place to start. There are ten chapters (the ToC mistakenly identifies two chapters as Chapter 8):
- Amour Modeling…. covers such topics as what is out there to aid the modeler, such as club and Chapters, Forums and Facebook, participating in shows and competition, and why basic assembly is critical to the finished product.
- Gallery……64 pages of color images showing the level of excellence that one can reach when following good advice, working with the appropriate tools, and developing the skills and techniques covered in this volume.
- Choosing a Subject & Starting Assembly…..Assembly fundamentals, cleaning and sanding parts, filling pin mars and gaps, gluing techniques and products, flame-cut edges, basic texturing, battle damage, wiring lights and other details, and ever-present task of assembling tracks
- Working with Resin Parts…cutting, gluing, filing, fitting
- Removing Segments of plastic from kits….
- Cladding large open areas…. “Cladding” is translated as “covering” large open area.
- Applying weld detail
- Zimmerit…. creating zimmerit using two-part epoxy or or After-Market resin
- Creating impact… (note that the table of contents mistakenly identifies this chapter is “8”.
- Working with photoetch and other metallic parts (note that the table of contents mistakenly identifies this chapter is “9”, assembly techniques working with brass and P.E, soldering complex P.E. assemblies, scratching parts from copper sheet, preparation for painting metal parts.
If you are an experienced armor modeler then you will recognize that some of the topics covered in this publication are basic, foundational skills, techniques, and “knowledge bits”. The experienced builder will also recognize that some rather advanced skills and techniques are presented. Of course, if you are a novice armor builder then it’s all new to you and that means “no worries” as you will be starting with a clean sheet of paper!
This is an excellent publication for both the experienced modeler and the beginner, because of the detailed and clear text explaining what is done, and how it is done. In my opinion this book is just the tool needed to allow the novice armor builder to learn a set of skills and techniques that, within 3 or 4 months will provide the novice with a world of experience. The experienced modeler, in a shorter time frame will see the quality of their work improve in a significant way.
Thanks to Casemate Publishers for providing the review sample and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review it.
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