I was delighted to hear of a new book being released on airliner modeling. After all, to my knowledge, it has been about 25 years or so since the last one was released. I don’t recall who was the author, or publisher, but I do remember it had a yellow cover and of course a picture of a model airliner on it. I remember seeing it at a hobby shop in the mall and drooling over all the pictures of built-up models, as well as many models I had never seen or heard of before. This book reminds me a lot of that book, but in a much better and modern version. Aaron Skinner is no stranger to modeling airliners, and who better than him to write a book about our favorite subject.
The book covers the entire process of building a model from start to finish, divided into several chapters from choosing a kit, building it, and the final finishing steps. At the end is a great gallery of different models built by the author and other modelers from around the world.
The Construction chapter starts with the basics of removing the plastic from the sprue, getting the parts ready for gluing, and eventual filling and sanding. Several models are highlighted in the process, showing the different methods of joining the parts, dealing with the seams and imperfections, clear windows, panel lines, engines, mating the wings, and so on. Many techniques are covered here with several detailed photos showing the steps along the way. I definitely picked up a few tips here.
Painting continues the detailed steps of outlining the different tools needed, deciding on which kinds of paints to use, dealing with whites, metallics, spray cans, air-brushing, as well as masking. Several dozen photos with captions cover the process very well and demonstrate all the tips and techniques offered by Aaron.
The detailed chapters continue with Applying Decals. Again, the entire decaling process is covered in great detail with many photos showing the steps discussed. There’s also some great advice on dealing with problematic decals as well as the most common issues.
Conversions and Detailing and Improving Kits chapters are quite lengthy and comprehensive. Just about anything you can think of is covered from lowering the flaps to vacuum-formed kits, to detailing the engines, dealing with photoetched-metal parts, and everything else in between
Several techniques and processes are covered in the Weathering section to help you make your model as realistic as possible.
I enjoyed reading this book immensely and would recommend it for the beginner to the expert. It would also make a great gift for anyone thinking of getting into airliner modeling.
Member Comments :
||comment by: terchef1973 posted on 10-14-2012
Sounds like a great book! I would like a copy of it myself. The name of the other book that you mentioned is called Building Model Airliners by David Minton. It is orange in color and has a picture of a Northeast Airfix Trident 1C on the front cover. Surprisingly by the same book company! I have that book although its seen better days, but still in fairly good condition.
||comment by: Brad posted on 10-14-2012
Aaron has done a Great job with the book. Lots of inside tips that I never thought of trying.
||comment by: Cabforward posted on 10-15-2012
LLast evening I ordered my copy from Amazon. Like Brad noted, it is always nice to pick up new modeling techniques.
Ahmed, the book you mentioned was titled "Building Model Airliners" by David Minton, published in 1984. I have a copy stashed somewhere in my hobby room. David was quite active in the hobby back in the 1980's and 1990's.
||comment by: Slow modeler posted on 10-16-2012
Ordered my copy from Kalmabach last week!
||comment by: aro757 posted on 10-16-2012
Thanks for the info on the other book guys. Maybe I was remembering the yellow from the Northeast Trident and relating it to the cover of the book. Memory can be a tricky thing. That's the only time I saw the book and actually never saw it after again. By the time I had saved up enough money to buy it, it was gone from the store. I think I was in Junior High School at the time.
||comment by: Chris14 posted on 11-01-2012
I also just purchased this book at my local hobby store. Interesting about the mention of David Mintons book....I have that one as well and this new book is almost an updated version. David Minton also published a modelling book on the Boeing 737 that had a rather exhaustive list of kits and decals for the baby Boeing.