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hellbent11
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Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 04:53 PM UTC
Hello All, I'm normally over at armorama but wanted to build a few planes. I'd like to pick up a step by step book that covers building all the way through finishing (decals, washes, etc) My question is If I were to only get one book that covered as much of this as possible which one should I get and where can I find it?

Thanks, Hellbent
JackFlash
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Posted: Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 08:09 AM UTC
Aircraft in general or specific time eras?
hellbent11
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2009 - 01:37 PM UTC
Sorry for the late reply. I would have to say both. The kits I am most interested in are modern US stuff for now. I would like to also do WWII eventually. Would the difference in the books be primarily suggestions for certain colors or schemes?

Thanks, Hellbent
jaypee
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Posted: Monday, July 13, 2009 - 08:29 PM UTC
For howto build and paint I could recommend the "applied modeling encyclopedia : aircraft". Starts with a basic build onto more detailed builds, plenty of snapshots.
Although I'd say there is nothing in that you wont find here.

ChukWs illustrated builds and Hawkeyes "Reading the seams" threads are essential reading. You can't get away with gaps and steps in a/craft like you can in armour.

For building a specific aircraft there are books that go through kit options and details to look out for
say a for 109 there are Lynn Rigters and Brett Greens books.
miteco20
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Posted: Saturday, August 08, 2009 - 05:41 AM UTC
If you are looking for basics tips and steps I occasionally use Testors Modelers Technical Guide. It talks about pretty much everything from painting techniques, weathering, building techniques and super-detailing. It also comes with a pretty handy paint cross reference chart that lists Model Master paints and their competitors as well. http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXHS10&P=7