Exercises in Imagination & Scratchbuilding

Published: October 14th, 2010     
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Author: Andy Pearson
Reviewed by: Hub Plott - IPMS# 31328
Company: Happy Medium Press
ISBN #: 978-0-9564306-2-5
Price: $23.10

Let's take a journey, a journey into the mind of a scratchbuilder. Not just any scratchbuilder, not one who takes an actual object that existed and builds a replica from scratch. But one who gives three dimensional shape and form to an idea in a novel or a picture in his head. Author Andy Pearson is just such a modeler. He is regularly featured in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Modeller magazine.

In this book's eleven chapters; Andy will show you how to take an image in your mind or a book and give it form and substance. Each chapter is a walk through the building of project. From futuristic construction equipment, cybernetic whale, a cross sectional far away planet's seascape, space ships and much more, Andy takes you on the journey from idea to model.

This book is a must have for Sci-Fi and fantasy modelers and anyone who has been thinking about a first time scratch built project. The tips and techniques contained within will be of benefit to anyone who even thinks they might attempt such a project one day, be it fictional or real.

I enjoyed this book. I found it both informative and entertaining. While I normally confine my modeling to WWII aircraft, ocean liners and the occasional Star Trek ship, I learned a lot from this book that will pay dividends in all my modeling. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Sci-Fi and fantasy models and to anyone who wants to learn more about scratchbuilding.

Our thanks to Happy Medium Press for this review copy. The book can be ordered directly from the website above.

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