Tools, Adhesives, Scratchbuilding, Kitbashing, Conversions, Detailing, Airbrushing, Decals, Weatherinhg.
Compiled by: Bob Hayden
Softcover, 2000, 8.5 x 11, 88 pages, 106 black and white photographs, 174 full color photographs, bibliography, index.
STYRENE MODELING is the first comprehensive book on modeling with styrene, a "highly versatile material". The book is filled with tips and techniques on how to work with styrene, how to assemble and improve plastic kits using styrene, how to scratch build with styrene. STYRENE MODELING not only presents a continuous narrative filled with illustrative features to enrich and instruct the modeler, it also includes detailed modeling advice in useful Case Studies from more than a dozen accomplished craftsmen who have built every conceivable type of styrene model. This is a handbook no modeler should be without. It is so useful, you will wonder how you ever worked without it.
As noted, STYRENE MODELING is all about building and handling styrene in the world of plastic modeling. The tips and techniques throughout the book, as well as in the Case Studies, will be useful to everyone. They are presented in an easy to follow text supported by accompanying photographs that help to describe the important basic and advanced techniques for modeling with styrene. The hands-on feature provided by the photographs are a great benefit to getting the full picture in the discussion of each modeling technique. It is a welcome feature. Kudos to the authors, especially Mr. Hayden and those of the Case Studies, each of whom is cited. You know who is doing the work here. Full documentation is a great feature of this book.
STYRENE MODELING provides in suitable and entertaining detail coverage of such critical areas as scratch building, kitbashing, conversions, weathering, detailing, airbrushing, decals and gluing techniques. That is a wide range of topics, all of them critical to any kind of modeling, all of them specific to styrene modeling. A lot of thought went into the material in this book and the way it is presented. Readers will be very thankful for it!
From the back cover of STYRENE MODELING:
-- The overwhelming majority of today's commercial model kits are molded from styrene plastic. Styrene is also the top choice of modelers around the world who modify kits or build scale models from scratch.
-- STYRENE MODELING is the first comprehensive manual on modeling with this useful material. First, you'll find hundreds of tips and techniques on how to assemble and improve plastic kits. Plus, STYRENE MODELING includes detailed, how-to-do-it modeling advice from more than a dozen accomplished craftsmen who have built every conceivable type of styrene replica. It's a handbook no modeler should be without!
And from the inside front cover, by way of an introduction:
-- STYRENE MODELING is a workbench manual to help you get the most out of modeling with styrene plastic. In its pages you will find basic techniques for achieving advanced results -- plus hundreds of tricks of the trade from top-notch modelers.
-- Those modelers have a lot to do with making STYRENE MODELING truly useful. Instead of relying on the modeling knowledge and experience of just one person, we asked for modeling techniques, tips and photographs from accomplished hobbyists and professional modelers from across North America.
-- Their contributions provided the-all important variety in subject matter that makes this book relevant to every hobbyist who uses styrene. More importantly, they have provided alternative ways to solve common modeling problems -- the same modeling problems that you are likely to encounter in your projects!
-- Chapter 1. The Case for Styrene 40 Years Later!
-- Chapter 2. Equipping the Styrene Workshop
-- Chapter 3. Working with Styrene Sheet and Strip
-- Chapter 4. Scratchbuilding Basic Boxes
-- Chapter 5. Working with Styrene Kits
-- Chapter 6. Kitbashing and Conversions
-- Chapter 7. Detailing Techniques
-- Chapter 8. Basic Painting and Finishing
-- Chapter 9. Advanced Finishing Techniques
-- Chapter 10. Scratchbuilding Projects and Techniques
-- Sources and Index