By: Mat Irvine
Price: £22.99 Format: 276 x 217mm
Although intended for the lessexperienced modeller, this Model Builders’ Manual from Haynes contains a range of information that even old hands will find useful. The history of the hobby is a worthwhile starting point, as it illuminates aspects from the manufacturers’ points of view – an outlook often taken for granted by enthusiasts. Hence, the chapter dedicated to the design, development, manufacturing and other processes involved in putting a new model kit on the shelves is a welcome inclusion. From there, more build-specific areas are covered, with sections dedicated to different scales, ranges, tools and workspaces, then materials and techniques (although these are not demonstrated through model builds). The guide is not limited to any genre or subject area, covering aircraft and armour, science-fiction, figures and railways, along with a section dedicated to kit collecting. Last, the social aspect of the hobby is highlighted through a chapter concerning modelling groups and shows, with helpful guidance provided for storing, transporting and photographing completed projects. With such a range of subject material, that this is an entertaining and insightful overview of the hobby.