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 Posted: Thu Dec 18th, 2014 09:53 am
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Tim H
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Laszlo Adoba has written two excellent books for the military modelling community which should find a place with everyone who enjoys modelling scenery.  Rather than buying-in expensive off the shelf products, the author explains the use of readily available materials to create realistic foliage and buildings.

Using step-by-step photos, the author presents a variety of techniques -some may be familiar, others not so well-known. Most notable for me, personally, was the technique to make the surface of a model tree look like bark. The techniques are simple but very, very convincing. This is a true multi-media approach. The author discounts no material (until proved otherwise) and the results are extraordinarily professional. The use of glues, the application of pigments and areas such as 'weathering' a tree to give the impression of age or damage are all covered within this section.

 The various grass effects are explained in an excellent, non-complex manner. Some space is (correctly) given over to considering the various types of grass and in the ensuing chapter - how best to recreate them. Once again, the materials are readily available and low-cost.

One of the weak areas in the first volume was the English. It was easy enough to understand but could be confusing. In this volume, the English is excellent. A couple of minor translation errors but nothing which had me reaching for the red pen.
Quality of the book is first-rate. Good clear photos, good captioning and clear unambiguous text is the nature of this volume. It's a highly professional work which looks as if it came out of a publisher with 40 years of experience in this material. It is highly recommended. 

The cost is about $15 per book, I have no connection except as a very satisfied reader/owner of both books.  

Tim H (I forgot to use the image icon)

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 Posted: Sat Dec 20th, 2014 04:50 am
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Ray Dunakin
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Sounds good, I'll have to check those out. Nice that he isn't just pushing a bunch of commercial products, which seems to be the case with so many of the books aimed at the military modeling market.



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