Tracks & Wheels

Published: March 24th, 2019     
Product Image
Front Cover
Author: Ruben Gonzalez, Michel Perez
Reviewed by: 
Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Company: AK Interactive
Other Publication Information: Softcover, 85 pages, 6 ¾”x 9 ½”, Color Photos
Price: $11.29
Product / Stock #: AK274

Tracks & Wheels is part of AK Interactive's Learning Series of books that are profusely illustrated how-to guides that include step-by-step instructions on how to assemble, paint, and weather kits. Other titles in the learning series include:

  • Metallic Paints
  • Flesh & Skin
  • Realistic Wood Effects
  • Panzer Crew Uniforms Painting Guide
  • Modern Figures Camouflages
  • Photoetched Parts

Tracks & Wheels includes in-progress photos and descriptive text explaining each of the steps in assembling, painting, and weathering kit track & wheel subassemblies. The techniques are demonstrated using photos and text by artists and expert modelers. The photos are very clear and explain each progressive step in painting & weathering techniques and includes tips on tools to use. The book includes photo examples of models and actual vehicles to illustrate weathering using the various techniques described in the book. Most of the products used in the book are from AK Interactive.

Chapter 1 describes the assembly of plastic, resin, and rubber wheels. It also describes how to model tracked vehicle wheels with damaged rubber rims. The 2nd chapter deals with painting wheels with tires and includes base colors & painting techniques to be used. The step-by-step guide includes weathering wheels in different types of environments such as desert, mud, snow, etc. and how to model them. Chapter 3 deals with painting wheels on tracked vehicles, including wheels with rubber rims, without rubber rims, and sprocket & idler wheels.

Chapters 4 and 5 describe assembly and painting of plastic, metal, and vinyl tracks. The last chapter 6 provides a gallery of scale models and actual vehicles for reference.

Summary

This is an excellent step-by-step how-to guide for assembling, painting, and weathering wheels and tracks. Guides are provided for modeling various environmental and road conditions with clear descriptions and excellent step-by-step photos. Photos used to demonstrate the modeling techniques are sharp & clear, and the modeling examples are very high quality. The photos of models and actual vehicles also provide additional references for vehicles in different environmental conditions. The paints and weathering projects are from AK Interactive, but can be easily translated to other manufacturers.

Thanks to AK Interactive for publishing Tracks & Wheels and other titles in the Learning Series. Thanks also for providing the review sample to IPMS.

  • Contnets
    Contnets
  • Base Colors
    Base Colors
  • Track Assembly
    Track Assembly
  • Metal Tracks
    Metal Tracks
  • Track Weathering
    Track Weathering
  • Painting Wheels
    Painting Wheels
  • Wheel Assembly
    Wheel Assembly
  • Reference Pictures
    Reference Pictures
  • Model Gallery
    Model Gallery

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