Item description for F.A.Q.: Frequently Asked Questions on AFV Painting Techniques (Modelling Manuals) by Miguel Jiminez...
Many revealing step–by–step processes on how to paint and convert military vehicles. MIG's secret modeling and painting techniques of military vehicles. Step-by-step process of gold medal winner Diorama ‘Stalingrad' presented at the Euromilitaire show.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 8.25" Height: 11.5" Weight: 2.5 lbs.
Publisher Andrea Press
ISBN 849652762X ISBN13 9788496527621
Reviews - What do customers think about F.A.Q.: Frequently Asked Questions on AFV Painting Techniques (Modelling Manuals)?
Learning from a Master May 25, 2008
After having been away from the armor modelling hobby for three decades, I recently returned to find there has been an explosion of after-market tools, upgrades, paints, pigments, filters, washes and other techniques for making models more realistic. One of the big changes is pigments, and the guru of them is Mig Jimenez. His book outlines all the major ways of weathering and aging plastic kits, as well as some minor techniques.
The book is filled with great illustrations that really show the materials, processes and results, and is very easy to follow. My one quibble would be the accompanying text, which often leaves out the physical steps, requiring the reader to draw their own conclusions about how the magic is performed. My recommendation would be to supplement the book with Mig's DVD (so far only available in PAL format and therefore watchable only on a personal computer or European-formatted DVD player). The DVD shows how these techniques are accomplished in a step-by-step manner.
As the old saying goes, "if you buy only one modelling technique book, this is the one to buy."
Invaluable Resource May 2, 2008
I would consider myself a intermediate level model builder and I have had this book for 7 months now. After working with it awhile I can honestly say that this book has improved my model building. As most reviewers have noted it is the type of book that is right next to you on the workbench and you will find yourself constantly referring it to for "how-to's". While I agree on the point mentioned by other reviewers that further text for each picture would have been helpful, it did not hinder the process of seeing how Mig does different techniques. The book has an excellent table of contents that breaks down techniques logically so you can quickly scan it and find the right page for what you are trying to do. The book covers a wide range of levels, from basic to advanced, and there is plenty of in-between techniques. I would not go as far as to say this is the only book you would need, but I will say it is a must have for your collection. You will use it constantly and wonder why you did not get it sooner.
A "must" for beginners... Apr 24, 2008
... as this books shows a miriad of useful tricks you can use to make your AFV models much more realistic.
Despite of this, some more advanced modellers can be a little frustrated as, once you've completed a dozen or so of kits, mostly of what is said in this book can be considered "obvious" for you.
Anyway, pictures that ilustrate the step-by-step painting processes are of great quality and a pleasure for you eyes!
Regarding to this, it seems to me that almost 30% of the book is auto-promotion. At least, that's how I feel when almost one third of the book is dedicated to pictures of finished models by Miguel Jiménez.
Best regards from Spain
Great book, although not necessarily for beginners Apr 3, 2008
Great book, I doubt anyone who bought it ended up seriously disappointed.
Here's what's inside: 30 pages of introductions 15 pages of intro to techniques 15 pages on construction techniques 100 pages on painting 20 pages on groundwork and misc. 70 pages of model photos (gallery)
Book follows Internet FAQ format - series of questions and answers. Answers typically comprise of very short text (2-3 sentences) and number of clear color photos (typically 3-4, sometimes more). Each question deals with a particular technique, showing how to achieve very specific effect.
As you can see, the book deals with painting, and nothing else. The "15 pages on construction techniques" describe creating proper texture (cast metal parts) and battle damage - not actual kit construction.
Format makes the book not very accessible to beginners. There is very little step by step explanation, readers are largely left to choose which techniques to use,and understand it's nuances. It's much easier for intermediate / advanced modelers, who will know which techniques they want to incorporate into their process. Not all is lost however, as there is a "question" in the book, describing suggested workflow for particular camo type. For example, when making a model of "single tone green tank", we're to perform these steps: * green base color * filters * fading * washes * running rusty chips * pre-dusting * watermarks * dry mud * spilled fuel * crew footprints Each of these steps is described in a separate "question", so it's a matter of applying these.
Although the book feels heavy, and is packed with nice color photos, I've found that when it comes to learning particular technique, reader is left with few lines of text and few photos. In some cases it's enough, in others I wished for more. You should therefore count on having to stare at the photos, think about the technique and try it on scrap plastic, before attempting to use it on the model.
Despite the "Q&A" format, I'd recommend reading the book front to back initially. The less familiar you are with armor modeling, the more important it is. Some advice is simply buried in places that might not be very obvious, and reading the whole book first helps.
From what I wrote above it might seem that the book is not perfect, and that is certainly true. Format has its advantages, but can also be confusing. I decided that the book is well worth 5 stars however, despite its shortcomings.
Miguel Jimenez, while taking his modeling skills to the next level in realism, has defined and described a number of ground-breaking techniques. English-speaking reader can learn most of them at Rarities World section of ML, but in this book they're explained in a more visual way.
There is also no other book that describes modern approach to armor modeling. At least not to my knowledge.
My recommendation - buy it. I don't know of any other book on the market that will teach you painting techniques described in this one.
MUST HAVE for the advanced modeller Mar 24, 2008
If you are into realism, this is your book, but I must say that the techniques explained here may be a little daring for the average and the new modeller.
This book does not cover the basics of scale afv modelling, you will not find "how to use an airbrush" or "what color should I paint my tank" kind of questions.
On the other hand less-experienced modellers will get their answers once and for all, regarding issues like wash,filter, rust, how, when, why??? and stuff like that.
The techniques shown here are becoming a must in the hobby, so anyone daring to go further go ahead and buy this book.