Modelling the Mitsubishi A6M Zero - Brian Criner

This is part of the Osprey Modelling series and its one of the best. There are mulitple builds in all the popular scales and one fantastic All Metal finish one. Photos are clear if perhaps a little small in certain cases, but there are techniques and painting tips galore. The only thing you have to realize that this is not a A6M reference book, is a reference for building the model in terms of painting and adding details. With that in mind, it’s a great book.

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How to Build Dioramas - Sheperd Paine

This is Sheperd Paine's revised classic on building dioramas. Through the free 'how-to' pamphlets that was included in many Monogram kits in the 1980's, Mr Paine influenced a whole generation of modelers. Showing us what we all aspire to as modelers. There are detailed instructions on diorama design, painting figures, groundwork, and shadow boxes. We have to note that even though revised edition is more than a decade old now, and many of the newer techniques and tools are not covered here. However, as inspiration and as instruction on the composition and laying out of an diorama, it remains unsurpassed. So don't for a second think that this books is outdated, his shadow boxes are still a marvel to behold.

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