September 13, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: Shep Paine's Armor Modelers Guide - Kalmbach Publishing Co.

Shep Paine's Armor Modelers Guide
by Shep Paine with Contributing Editor Jim DeRogati

Sheperd Paine's legacy continues in this special book which features some of the best armor modelers in the world...
- The book covers all aspects of armor building - including doing research, basic kit assembly, painting and decaling, weathering, creating battle damage, adding equipment, and posing and painting figures, as well as diorama planning.
- Modelers of all skill levels will find tips and techniques to use on their latest builds.

Pages: 144, Color photos: 400, Size: 8.25 x 10.75

View sample pages HERE

Howard Sheperd ’Shep’ Paine, an giant in world of miniatures, artist, author, military historian and collector of military artifacts, elevated modeling to an art form and for six decades worked to spread the popularity of historical miniatures around the world.

"To every serious modeler, from age 17 to 70, this guy was a god — and not just here, but in far-flung corners of the globe," said Jim DeRogatis, a fellow miniaturist and author of Paine's 2008 biography, "Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian” and the contributing editor of this new Armor Modelers Guide.

Paine's work included elements of painting, sculpting, research and storytelling, sometimes incorporating mirrors and lighting to control the viewpoint or mood. Well-known collectors of his work included painter Andrew Wyeth, financier Malcolm Forbes and industrialist Ralph Koebbeman.

In 1972, he was contacted by Chicago area-based Monogram models, a premier maker of scale models, which wanted some dioramas for its military vehicle series. This resulted in a group of about 20 scenes. Paine was also commissioned by Monogram models to create how-to tip sheets for their kits. Those sheets are now collector's items, and many adult modelers claim that they were inspired to get back into modeling by reading the sheets they were given as kids. His tip sheets were sacred texts, beautifully written, said DeRogatis.

Paine wrote dozens of articles for scale modeling publications and published four how-to books with Kalmbach Publishing, including "How to Build Dioramas," first issued in 1980 and re-released in 2000.

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