How to Paint WWII RAF Early Aircraft
...Solutions Book 10, from Ammo by Mig Jiminez
Title: How to Paint WWII RAF Early Aircraft
Author: Javier Lopez de Anca
Publisher: Ammo by Mig Jiminez
Recently released as a book by itself, or you can get it along with a pack of the associated paints and weathering materials, this is number 10 in the Ammo Solutions series of 'How To..' books. A 67-page soft-cover book filled with lots of hints and suggestions that make up a guide to painting and weathering using a Tamiya 1/48 kit of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk I. In common with others of this series, the text is provided in 4 languages, English, Spanish, French and German. The heart of it though is held in the very high quality photography and the use of icons to help illustrate the various stages.
So, not the build itself, but it breaks the sequence of painting/finishing the model into no less than 20 separate steps. They start with painting the interior of the cockpit and that occupies the first 6 steps, from priming the interior and then adding the Base Colour, Lighting Effects, Washes, Dirt (on the cockpit floor), and Chipping. Stage 7 takes on the undercarriage legs before starting on the exterior surfaces of the assembled kit. I won't list all the stages here but I think it offers a useful sequence of work, the order to work with masking, varnishes, washes, panel lines, pigments, applying transfers etc. Every stage is well illustrated, including the various Ammo products as and where they are used. In particular I like the pictures which show how it looks when you first apply some of these products, and at first glance how 'rough' they look. This I think could be quite disturbing to some modellers trying out these techniques for the first time, but then additional images showing how it looks once they have been blended in and you see the final effect. The photos of the completed model at the end of the book show just how good these tools and techniques can be.
This book in the Solutions series demonstrates the Dark Earth/Dark Green/Sky Type S on a Battle of Britain era Spitfire, but of course they work just as well on a Hurricane, Defiant, even a Blenheim, from this early war period. There are two additional thoughts I will add. Firstly, of course in creating a book like this it uses the range of products from Ammo by Mig Jiminez, a range of different paints and materials which are set out at the start of the book and then used at the various stages. I wouldn't expect anything different. Secondly, and while I am usually associated with armour modelling, I have been an aircraft modeller for even longer. Despite my 50+ years of modelling I still learnt some useful tips in here. I feel perfectly happy that I don't have to slavishly follow the given sequence but will still take certain lessons/ideas from it and apply them to my own experience. For the beginner, it offers a great guide to using all the various weathering products and techniques on a model.
Thanks to Ammo by Mig Jiminez for our review copy.