December 26, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Volume 18 in the Scale Model Handbook Series by Mr. Black Publications

Figure Modelling no.18 is the latest release in the best
selling Scale Model Handbook series by Mr. Black Publications. These books present information, techniques and tips about modelling miniature figures  by the worlds top modelers. I'll let Stelios Demiras aka Mr. Black himself tell you about it...

Welcome to the latest and 18th issue of “Figure Modelling” in Mr Black Publications Scale Model Handbook series. This is the 21st book we’ve published. This time offer eight articles from six well-known miniaturists with tips and techniques, information about modelling miniature figures, vignettes and small dioramas, from ancient times up to the Second World War. Most of the articles herein are covered in great detail with lots of step-by-step photos and explanatory texts.

We are pleased to welcome two new contributors to this edition; Qianwei Shi from China who painted the Life Miniatures 200mm bust of Sir Winston Churchill, and Roberto Ramirez Gutierrez who painted the 75mm mounted figure sculpted by Antonio Zapatero Guardini, which covers 10 pages in this book.
  There follows a very detailed, eight-page article from Sergey Popovichenko on Pegaso Models 90mm Thraex gladiator, and another from one of our regular contributors, Mike “The Kiwi” Butler who presents another eight-page feature about painting the Wings Cockpit 54mm figure of German First World War air ace Oswald Boelcke.
  Stelios Neofytidis returns with two articles from the Model Cellar range. Both are First World War themes - a 75mm British “Trench Raider” and a 54mm two-figure vignette based on a historic photo depicting a German pilot and his mechanic.
  Our regular contributor from Japan, Toshihiro Sano painted two subjects using enamels and oils. The first is the 180mm bust of Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock from Hawk Miniatures that takes up four pages and a further six pages for the Waffen SS AFV Crew 1944-45 No.1 in 1:35 scale from Alpine Miniatures.
We hope you enjoy our latest edition!
Stelios Demiras

Figure Modelling No.18 Contents

4 Roman Gladiator “Thraex” - 90mm
12 Corporal Vicente Manzano, Dragoon Regiment 
“Pavia” Ontígola 1809 - 75mm
22 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill 
1874 - 1965 - 200mm
24 WWI Early War German Ace Oswald Boelcke - 54mm
32 First World War German Airmen - 54mm
36 Waffen SS AFV Crew 1944-45 No.1 - 50mm
42 Edward Corringham “Mick” Mannock, VC, DSO & 
Two Bars, MC & Bar (24th May 1887 - 26th July 1918) - 180mm
46 British Trench Raider - 75mm
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Mr. Black Scale Model Handbooks
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Mr. Black Publications Scale Model Handbooks are a series of books covering all aspects of figure, dioramas and vignettes modeling. Each issue includes a unique collection of work that is aimed at all levels of modelers. Award winning models, Step by Step themes, Techniques, History, Original illustrations, Color tone recipes, Sculpting Tips, Scratch Built Themes, Brushwork Tricks, Groundwork Techniques and much more, all submitted by well know artists, compile this mosaic of inspiration.

Figure Modeling Series

MMH-SMHFM1 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 1 
MMH-SMHFM2 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 2 
MMH-SMHFM3 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 3 
MMH-SMHFM4 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 4 
MMH-SMHFM5 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 5 
MMH-SMHFM6 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 6 
MMH-SMHFM7 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 7
MMH-SMHFM8 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 8
MMH-SMHFM9 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 9
MMH-SMHFM10 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 10
MMH-SMHFM11 Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling 11
MMH-SMHFM12 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 12 
MMH-SMHFM13 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 13 
MMH-SMHFM14 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 14 
MMH-SMHFM15 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 15
MMH-SMHFM16 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 16
MMH-SMHFM17 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 17
Coming Soon>>> MMH-SMHFM18 Scale Model Handbook-Figure Modeling 18
Diorama Series
MMH-SMHDM1 Scale Model Handbook Diorama Modelling 1
MMH-SMHDM2 Scale Model Handbook Diorama Modeling 2
WWII Special
MMH-3301 Mr. Black Scale Model Handbook WWII Special Volume 1
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Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling No.17
I'll let Stelios Demiras aka Mr. Black himself tell you about it...
Welcome to Figure Modelling No.17 in the “Scale Model Handbook” series, which is the 20th edition in Mr Black Publications’ modeling books. In No. 17 there are nine articles from seven well-known artists with tips and techniques, plus information about modelling miniature figures, vignettes and small dioramas from Ancient Times up to the Second World War Period. Most of the articles are covered in great detail with lots of step-by-step photos and explanatory texts. We are pleased to welcome a new contributor to this edition, Anson Chen from China, who painted the 180mm Gaius Julius Caesar bust from the Nutsplanet range.


What’s also inside? One very detailed article from Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth - the box art for Stormtrooper’s 90mm “Trooper, 2nd Dragoons, Balaclava, Crimea 1854”, and from Mike “The Kiwi” Butler a Life Miniatures 180mm, New Zealand Battle of Britain Duo. Jason Zhou comes back with an impressive article from the Young Miniatures’ range – a 180mm “Templar Knight” bust. Stelios Neofytidis has been very productive presenting three articles this time. Two are WWI themes - The “Periscope Rifle”, a three-figure Gallipoli vignette in 1:35 scale from Firestorm Models and a 54mm Australian Soldier in Gallipoli from the Tommy’s War range. He also produces a WWII two-figure, 1:35 scale vignette based on the Ardennes campaign using Alpine Miniatures with replacement Hornet heads. Mr Black Studio offers another WWI 54mm action figure from the Tommy’s War range entitled “Mons 1914”. The final article is a small 1:35 scale diorama of “Joachim Peiper in Kharkov”, a combined work from two well-known Japanese artists, Ryota Sakai made the scenic base with a “wedgie” from a Dragon PzKfw III kit and Toshihiro


Figure Modelling No.17 Contents
4 Trooper, 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys), Balaclava, Crimea 1854 - 90mm (Stormtrooper Miniatures SDF90-04) – 10 Pages
14 Gaius Julius Caesar - 180mm (Nutsplanet NP-B016) – 4 Pages
18 “Snow” and “Kiwi”, A New Zealand Battle of Britain Duo - 180mm
(Life Miniatures LM-B009) – 6 Pages
24 Templar Knight - 180mm (Young Miniatures YH1837) – 6 Pages
30 The “Periscope Rifle” - 50mm (Firestorm FS35114) – 7 Pages
37 Gallipoli 1915 - 54mm (Tommy’s War Australian TW54015) – 3 Pages
40 The “Battle of the Bulge” - Ardennes 1944-1945 - 50mm (Alpine Miniatures 35076 & 35096 with Hornet Head Sets, Soldiers Wall SDS030) – 4 Pages
44 Private, 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, Mons 1914 - 54mm (Tommy’s War British TW54002) – 2 Pages
46 Joachim Peiper in Kharkov, 19th February 1943 – 15th March 1943 - 50mm (Dragon 6387 & Alpine Miniatures Set 35201) – 5 Pages
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Scale Model Handbook Figure Modelling No.16
I'll let Stelios Demiras himself tell you about it.
Six of the articles are covered in great detail with lots of step-by-step photos helping the reader to follow the different techniques concerning painting, sculpting, converting and making unique scenic bases. We are pleased to welcome a new contributor to this edition, Jason Zhou from China, who painted the 180mm Hannibal Barca bust from the Nutsplanet range.

So, what’s also inside? Two articles from Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth (a Crusader 90mm from Pegaso Models and the box art for Stormtrooper Miniatures Ensign 28th foot at Waterloo in 200mm) and we’ve a sculpting article for a 75mm Viking by Igor Kordyukov with more than 125 step-by-step photos, which was originally released as commercial piece by Irbis Miniatures. A Second World War subject is a 180mm bust of the German tank commander Otto Carius as painted by Juanma Vergara for 51 Studio’s box art. Javier Gonzalez (“Arsies”) concludes his “Rhino” fantasy article (part one dealing with its sculpting and converting was published in Figure Modelling 15) by presenting the unique painting technique he used! The second fantasy theme comes from Adrian Hopwood, a familiar name from his previous astonishing work on Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile (published in Figure Modelling 10) and from more than 20 years as a contributor to Britain’s Military Modelling magazine… It’s a unique approach for “Twitchy Mary” an Andrea Miniatures 54mm product illustrated with a lot of step-by-step photos. Sergey Popovichenko strikes back with an impressive conversion using a well-known Roman figure - a 75mm from Pegaso Models with more than 30 step-by-step photos.


Contents

4 Roman Legionary 1st Century A.D. - 75mm(Pegaso Models, 75-018) - 6 pages
10 Knight Hospitaller, 13th Century - 90mm (Pegaso Models, 90-043) - 6 pages
16 “The Descendant of Odin” - 75mm (Irbis Miniatures, IM75-32) - 8 pages
24 Hannibal Barca - 180mm (Nutsplanet, NP-B018) - 4 pages
28 Otto Carius - 180mm (51 Studio, 10001) - 6 pages
34 Ensign 28th Foot at Waterloo - 200mm (Stormtrooper Miniatures, PPST25) - 8 pages
42 Rhino Painting! - 75mm/100mm (Knight Models, KMV004 & KMV014) - 4 pages
46 Twitchy Mary - 54mm (Andrea Miniatures, DN-04) - 5 pages


Scale Model Handbook
WWII Special Volume 1
The 18th book in Mr Black Publications’ Scale Model Handbook series is the result of collaboration from some old as well as some new contributors. This is the first book in the series dedicated entirely to creations inspired by those events that took place between the years 1939-1945 known to Western histories as “The Second World War”. Even though wartime themes are numerous, and feature an extended variety of models and figures, especially in 1:35 scale, Mr. Black has managed to present many representative examples catering to the varying interests of our readers. Contributors include: Kaz Tomori, Carl Startin “Carlos Figureart”, Man Jin Kim, Juanma Vergara, Stelios Neofytidis, Ioannis Tsikstiris and Toshihiro Sano.

Contents World War 2

- Deutsches Afrika Korps - North Africa 1942 - 50mm (1/35)
- Rasputitsa! - 50mm (1/35)
- LAH Kharkov 1943 - 50mm (1/35)
- SS Unterscharführer - 75mm (1/24)
- WWII US BAR Gunner - 50mm (1/35)
- Japanese Officer in a Tropical Hell - 75mm (1/24)
- Oberleutnant Georg Briel - DAK - 120mm (1/16)
- On The Edge of No Man’s Land - 180mm (1/10)
- Tripoli, 1941 - The DAK is here! - 50mm (1/35)
- Stalingrad, 1942 - 50mm (1/35)
- German DAK Infantry North Africa WWII - 180mm (1/10)
- Tips For Beginners
- Blitzkrieg - Vorwärts - 50mm (1/35)
- Royal Armoured Corps AFV Crew - 50mm (1/35)
- Battle of Moscow, 1941-1942 - 50mm (1/35)


Scale Model Handbook Diorama Modelling 1
After nine volumes of very impressive Scale Model Handbook Figure Modeling titles, Mr Black Publications have released their first Diorama Modeling issue. There are a total of nine dynamic articles spread over 100 pages in A4 format with a beautiful matt laminated card cover. The quality is as with all the Figure Modelling volumes top notch, color reproduction is perfect with sharp images on every page. Stelios Demiras from Mr Black Publications contacted us with a short introduction to his new book. 
From the publisher
Welcome to the first book about modeling dioramas in Mr Black Publications’ series of Scale Model Handbooks. We promised in our first issue that our publications would eventually cover a greater variety of military modellling themes and now our first special issue dedicated to various types of dioramas has come to fruition!

While gathering material for such a special book we soon realized that it wouldn’t be possible to cover everything we wanted to in our standard 52-page format, so a 100-page book became inevitable to provide more coverage and satisfy the requirements of our readers. Different approaches, techniques and step-by-step instructions are covered in more than 400 photographs and associated texts to inspire you, the reader, to make your own creations.


It took us about 18 months of intensive work to gather our material, since we wanted to cover many historical periods, such as Napoleonic, 15th century, WWI, WWII and not forgetting civilian based scenes, as well as considering the many different and popular scales of 1/35 (50mm) and 1/32 (54mm) to the larger 1/24 (75mm) and 1/16 (120mm) scale dioramas, to satisfy our readers’ interests. Our aim was to make this book a necessary and useful handbook for modellers everywhere.


It is with much excitement and satisfaction that we present you with this first book in our new “Diorama Modelling Series” - it’s one in which we are placing great hope towards it being a new and successful regular edition to our series of modelling books!.



Contents 
 4      Bailén, July 1808 - 54mm (1/32)
20    Back to the Front - 120mm (1/16)
28    US M3 Stuart “Honey” - 50mm (1/35)
40    Die Ostfront 1945 - 120mm (1/16)
60    Conquistadors - 75mm (1/24)
66    “The Cannon” - 50mm (1/35)
72    Kings of the Road - 54mm (1/32)
80    Making Pine Trees - 50mm(1/35) /54mm(1/32)
88    Near Moscow, December 1941 - 50mm(1/35)/ 54mm(1/32)

Contributors


Antonio Fdez (Piqui) • Jesus Gamarra • Javier Gonzalez (Arsies) • Theodoros Kelesidis • Noel Petroni • Sergey Popovichenko • Costas Rodopoulos Kazufumi Tomori • Alex Varela (Iguazzu) • Dave Youngquist 



Scale Model Handbook Diorama Modelling 2 
I’ll let Stelios Demiras aka Mr. Black himself tell you about it...
Welcome to the second of our diorama modelling books in Mr Black Publications’ series of Scale Model Handbooks. Like the first book we have an extended format to cover a great variety of military modelling themes and various types of dioramas.

This 100-page book offers lots of interesting and prototype material to meet the interests of our readers. Different approaches, techniques and step-by-step instructions are covered in more than 400 photographs and associated texts to inspire you, the reader, towards making your own creations.


It’s taken more that 24 months of intensive work to gather the material herein, since we wanted to cover many historical periods, such as Ancient and Roman times, the 17th century, World War Two, as well as considering the many different and popular modelling scales of 1/35 (50mm) and 1/32 (54mm) to the larger 1/24 (75mm) scale dioramas, to satisfy our readers’ interests. The aim was to make this book a necessary and useful handbook for modellers everywhere.


Christos presents in a most detailed way the construction and painting of the Andrea super kit, “Elephant Down! Zama, 202 BC” with more than 100 step-by-step photos. Christos’ article also provided the subject for our cover! 
A new method of article presentation is, “History You Can Model” by Grigoris Marmatakis, using all of the Pegaso Models’ vignettes and some more converted figures from other kits in the next diorama. This is a really big diorama that was inspired by the Battle of Teutoburg Forest in AD 9, and the Battle that stopped Rome, presenting all the historical data in detail by Stelios Demiras. An astonishing step-by-step sculpting feature by Igor Kordyukov, that was released as a commercial 75mm kit (IM75-17) comprising seven figures by Irbis Miniatures, and inspired by Ilya Repin’s painting, “Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks to Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire”, also known as the “Cossacks of Saporog are Drafting a Manifesto” and a masterpiece of Russian art. More than 150 photos are featured - 130 of them are step-by-step!


Sergey Popovichenko created an impressive vignette by combining a scratch-built setting populated with commercial 54mm figures from Tin Berlin. The painting techniques of Sergey combine acrylics and oils taking the best of each medium.
 “Stalingrad, A Fight To The Last” is another super diorama in 1/35 scale from the well-know master modeller Dan Capuano who used 35 figures, most of them updated and converted, with most of the scenery made from scratch! This is Dan’s first article for Mr Black Publications and we hope that more of his superb works will follow. Resting at Karachev is a combined work from two master modellers in their fields… Christos Panagiotopoulos (figures) and Tolis Moustakas (Tank and scenery). A detailed articled on how to create a peaceful Second World War scene using commercial parts and a lots of imagination. Noel Petroni’s work is well known from his many contributions to English language military modelling magazines around the globe, and from his article in our first Diorama Modelling title. This time Noel has a smaller 1/35 scale military diorama, “The Grim Reality of War, Poland 1939” showing how a diorama can arouse strong emotions. Noel scratch builds the two figures therein and uses the Panzer I Ausf A from Tristar, presenting the construction and painting in 58 step-by-step photos.


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