How To Paint WWII US Navy Late Aircraft – Solution Book 14
Although I’ve used several products from this prolific manufacturer, I’ve not had the opportunity to read one of their publications. The apparent premise and structure of the book (and all books in the Solution series I imagine) is to take a specific subject and then using paint and weathering products from AMMO of Mig, obtain a somewhat advanced result, at least to the paint and weathering of the model.
The website description verifies this is intended as a “simple and basic guide,” and such it is, but there are some great tips for any level of modeler, both about basic techniques used to achieve a particular effect and about the uses of AMMO’s products.
I like to attempt to create a realistic finish on my models rather than a factory-fresh look, so I’m always looking for new products and techniques that can get me where I want to be. I also have more stash than I’ll probably ever get around to building, so I’m also looking for shortcuts – techniques and products that can help me achieve my desired result in less time. I have known about the AMMO How To books for some time but always seemed to focus buying decisions on plastic and product instead of “how to” references. I think I may have short-changed myself!
On to the book. It is written in four languages (English, Spanish, French and German), and begins by introducing you to all the products that will be used on this project – in this case 20 products (not counting various colors of some of them). If you want to use exclusively these products (paint for example), exact mix ratios are provided to get the colors and shades described.
It really is step-by-step, with such details as air brush pressure, distance of application, type of paint brush and type of application motion required (blending, rubbing, dabbing, etc.).
Much of it doesn’t pertain specifically to the product being used, such as paint. You could use other paints, and while following the general idea being presented, achieve the same look. Same is true of other products, such as the Oil Brushers or Shaders. However (and here was where my interest was piqued), you may save a lot of time using pre-blended colors and unique applicators produced by AMMO. Another nice takeaway: I learned some new ways to use some of the AMMO products.
I do love the Pacific theater and though I am aware of most of the techniques presented, I did get a few new ideas, and will pick up more of the range of AMMO products (which I’m sure is the intent of these publications).
For an experienced builder, I’m not sure I would purchase the entire How To library, but I do believe there is value in picking up several of them with diverse schemes to get some different perspective on how to achieve desired results. For a novice, I could see how this series could walk them step-by-step into accomplishing a result beyond their current skill, and help them quickly develop a large repertoire of great techniques and an understanding of various products and materials that could extend beyond the AMMO line.
Thanks to the team at AMMO of Mig Jimenez for the opportunity to review it.