November 16, 2016

MTSC PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: The 'Weathering Magazine Special' How to Paint 1:72 Military Vehicles from AMMO of MIG

Softcover, 120 pages
Published by AMMO of Mig Jimenez S.L.
The subjects featured in this latest weathering tutorial:
1/72 Scrapyard T-72A
1/72 Panzer IV
1/72 BMD-2
1/72 M1A1(HA)
1/72 Tiger I - Kursk
1/72 Scud TEL
1/72 E-75
1/72 T-34/85

Small-scale, braille-scale, seventy-second, whatever you refer 1:72 modeling as there's no denying it never seems to take as much of the spotlight as 1:35. Most of us will have cut our teeth as young modelers with 1:72/76 kits by Airfix, ESCI, Matchbox and others. Small-scale armor kits have improved massively and there’s now more worthy product than ever. If one doesn’t ‘nail it’ in terms of finishing, though, military vehicles in 1/72 and 1/76 scales can easily look toy-like once completed. This useful softcover guide from the AMMO stable seeks to educate modelers on the best methods for painting and weathering these diminutive military models. After a brief appraisal of available kit brands, Spanish modeling ace Mig Jimenez and his contributors merely hint at construction advice, this being far outweighed by the painting/weathering coverage and, to be fair, this is exactly what most modelers want these days.  This combines models by a number excellent modelers who have done their magic using step-by-step tutorials on an interesting variety of small scale models, and created an interesting variety of effects as well. It reinforces the view of using the same techniques you'd use on larger scale models and they work just as well with these smaller models.
The UK's Alex Clark starts the book off with a heavily weathered T-72, based on the Revell kit but with lots of detail updates, and finished as an example left rusting in a scrap yard.  As with the rest of the models featured in the book, he takes us through the build and how he finished it with such an effective and heavily worn look, all done in a well illustrated, step by step process. This is followed by Jan Moravek finishing a Dragon Pz IV Ausf D in a worn and weathered Afrika Korps machine, with the worn sand yellow applied over the top of the Panzer Grey base coat.

Then we get back to another modern subject, as Mig himself finishes a BMD-2, one of the simpler wargamers models by S-Model, and he makes a lovely job of it.  Staying with modern subjects, Fabrizio Repetto builds two kits in a small Gulf War diorama, with Dragon's M1A1 (HA) Abrams with added stowage and this is passing an overturned T-55, built from the kit by Ace Models.  It's back to WW2 again next, and Artur Wachowski adds some upgrade parts from RB Models to the Zvezda kit of the Tiger I to present Wittman's Tiger during the Battle of the Kursk salient and gives us a very nicely done Tiger.

Next up modeler Leonid Postny builds two different models. One is the Toxso kit of the SCUD-D on a MAZ-543 chassis and finished in an unusual camouflage from modern Iranian forces.  The second is one of those 1946 designs, an E-75 from Model Collect.  This is one of those late war German designs which would have come along if the war had continued into 1946. The book is rounded off with a camouflaged T-34/85, built by Sergey Golikov using a kit by Trumpeter along with plenty of upgrade parts thanks to photo etch accessories. I was taken back a bit to read the author's approach to painting the T-34/85 was to thin his acrylics with Vodka. I'm not sure if that qualifies as alcohol abuse, but I'd rather use my Isopropyl Alcohol as thinner and drink the Vodka instead! As I said - lot’s of different techniques!
These are some very finely done models which also provide a good showcase for the variety of manufacturers who provide smaller scale models these days including newer manufactures such as Toxso, Model Collect and S-Model plus seasoned veterans such as Zvezda, Ace, Dragon and Revell .  
the book is very nicely presented, and printed on good quality paper so the quality of the photos is good as well as it is heavily illustrated throughout.  I am happy to see Ammo do something which focuses on smaller scale AFV models. What is consistent with all of these builds and these series of titles for that matter, they are all high quality work and presented in the same way that can help you sharpen your own skills. Several builds used a new product called Masking Putty and were able to achieve some nice camouflage patterns with the material.
If you're looking for a good reference for painting and weathering your own 1/72 scale armor force, you'll want to add this title to your library. This will be of special interest for wargamers who want their armor to look outstanding on the playing field!
Arley Mitchell 2016

 from the publisher...
With this ground breaking book, AMMO entersthe world of 1:72 scale modeling with authority. This book is the essential painting and weathering guide for 1:72 scale modelers. Beginning with a history of the scale, we will explore the many fascinating and refreshing aspects of modeling in this increasingly popular scale. Featuring a collection of the words best modelers demonstrating the latest techniques, these pages are lush in technical detail, explaining in depth painting and weathering processes with numerous step by step examplesincluding:  scratchbuilding, assembly, camouflage painting, weathering, and the effects of dust and mud! Learning these techniques and many more is easy with this collection of step by step photo rich tutorials. With all of the detail and realism of larger scales, you will be shocked that the vehicles being shown are so small that they will fit in the palm of your hand. The models featured represent vehicles from the Second World War through the modern era, with varying degrees of wear and a variety of camouflage schemes. Through numerous beautiful examples, photo rich step by step demonstrations, and thorough descriptions, stunning results are now available to modelers of all genres and skill levels.

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