AVIONS - Le Grand Guide du Maquettisme (Guide to Model Aircraft Building Techniques)

Published: September 7th, 2011     
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Author: Juan Manuel Villalba
Reviewed by: 
Hub Plott, IPMS# 31328
Company: Histoire and Collections
ISBN #: 9782352502067
Other Publication Information: Hardcover, 8.25 x 11.75, 200 pages
Price: $59.99

This large book (8 1/4 inches x 12 inches) was originally titled Aviation Modeling Techniques: The Greatest Guide when first published by Euromodelismo.. The book is profusely illustrated with almost 1000 color photos. The book is entirely in French. Each chapter covers the complete building process of one aircraft model. These chapters cover aircraft from WWI up to modern day.

Each chapter features a step by step guide to the building process. From detailing, assembly, painting and decaling each step is thoroughly discussed. Typing some of the captions into Google translation  yielded some interesting and helpful information. Some of my favorite chapters include one showing the build of a Ki-43 and another on the F4D.

Beginning on page 160 is a Gallery of other completed models. Some favorites here are a complete but unpainted IL-2 showing the metal and wooden areas to advantage, a super-detailed 1/72 FA-18 and an F7U under construction.

This book provides a wealth of photographs to document the building of each model. Any of the completed model photos can serve to inspire a builder to strive for his/her best! I liked this book for its high quality photography and it is a tribute to the modeler's art. Thanks to my high school French classes and the similarity of many words to their English counterparts, I was able to understand the gist of most of the articles and captions. As much as I enjoyed this book for its visual pleasures, the fact that the text is entirely in French is a drawback to the general American modeling public. Therefore; I can only recommend this book; as nice as it is, to those who can read and understand French or to those who would enjoy looking at all the wonderful pictures contained within. Our thanks to Casemate Publishing for this review sample.

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