Book Review
Advanced Aviation Modelling
Compendium Modelling Manual Vol. 2
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

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"This is the second in the new Modelling Manual series which sets out to help the more experienced modeller to improve techniques and expand their modelling horizons. Working with models like the MIG27 Fulcrum, the A-10, and the WWI Roland Walfisch the reader is shown how with patience and care these and other models can be superdetailed to a very high standard. . ."

Table Contents:
Superdetailing Aeroplanes.
Superdetailing Using Photo-engraving.
Superdetailing at your Fingertips.
Advanced Techniques.
Superdetailing a MiG-29 in 1:32 Scale.
Converting a Junkers Ju-88A-4 into a G-6.
Scratchbuilding an 1:35 Aircraft Roland C.II 'Walfisch'.


I have to admit I have seen this book on the shelves of my local hobby shop for many years. I have thumbed through it several times and always stopped at page page 41, winced and put it back.

To be fair, the subjects are for the most part well treated. But for a single topic. The last topic on Scratchbuilding an 1:35 a Roland C.II 'Walfisch' has always been a sore spot for me. So The basic thrust is detailing with sandwiched / laminated plastic card and taking advantage of PE and wire. The painting techniques are in the experienced class but most experienced modelers have these methods in their arsenals. This book is really aimed at the novice to help them in the next level skills.

There are a couple of misplaced captions involved in the text. But these are minor as the effected images are on the same page.

The Roland C.II build is an old school build and the problem is they chose the wrong aircraft for the system they used.
1.The book recommends a horizontal slat and putty approach. The LFG Rol. C.II & C.IIa employed interior walls with diagonal veneer detail on the side walls.
2. The wing rib caps are represented as above the fabric battens. These were infact normal rib caps with fabric re-inforcements.
3. The 1/35 engine profile drawings are severely squashed. The motor they represent is a 1918 180hp Mercedes. But it was the 1916 160hp Mercedes that was installed in most of the airframes. Production of the Roland LFG C.II was terminated in late spring 1917.
4.Also the exhaust is only connected to four of the six inline cylinders.
5. For super setailing or advanced modelling this build's interior is almost nonexistant.
6. The routing of the propeller lamintations don't match any existing photo images of these aircraft examples.

Paperback; November 1998; 64 pages.

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Highs: Most information is solid and can easily be applied. Simulated wiring and etc.
Lows: The book fails severely in super detailing a scratchbuild. Just because a kits is 1:32 - 35 scale does not allow that any detailing is super.
Verdict: Basic detailing info is worthwhile but does not follow the hype of the title.
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  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: ISBN 978-1-90257-905-4
  Suggested Retail: $17.95
  Related Link: Website
  PUBLISHED: Sep 29, 2010

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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