Review by Terry Ashley
After a brief introduction there is a few pages detailing the different materials used in the building of the models such as styrene sheet, paints, glues and putty to tools like the punch and die, etched metal bender, soldering equipment and the airbrush.
The four models in the book are all based on two Dragon kits, #6030 ‘Hetzer’ early version and #6037 Jagdpanzer/Flammpanzer mid production and also include various resin updates sets, etched detail sets with track sets, metal barrels plus numerous scratch built items.
Each article has many colour photos of the models during construction showing
clearly the inclusion of the aftermarket detail sets as well as any scratch
built items in what is basically a step by step visual guide to the building
Each photo has a caption explaining what is happening in the photos as well as detailed text describing the complete building and painting process.
The painting of the finished models follows the same formula with progress pics showing the basic painting of the camouflage schemes with the use of masks where applicable to the weathering process as well as the creation of the scenic base work and painting of the figures that go with the final model.
The models are divided into three ‘classes’ or skill levels of ‘Intermediate’, ‘Advanced’ and ‘Master’ that will offer something for all modellers with the work on each ranging from the exterior detailing for the ‘Intermediate’ to the inclusion of interior details in the ‘Advanced’ and full conversions and scratch building in the ‘Master’ class that will not only provide a guide to building the models but give you something to tackle to improve your skills.
The four models are:
Following the chapters on the model building are lists of available printed references and websites that will provide valuable information on the Hetzer as well as listings of Museums with preserved Hetzers if you able to get to any of these?
Finally there is listed all available kits of the Hetzer with a brief description of each plus a list of available detail sets and accessories and a colour chart with colour chips of the four later war German colours of Dunkelgelb (Dark Yellow), Olivgrün (Olive green), Red primer and Red brown as well as examples of four camouflage schemes seen of later war Hetzers.
This book continues the trend of previous Modelling Manuals with a wealth of information and clear photos to illustrate the text and will provide many useful tips and modelling ideas that can easily be used on other models as well as the Hetzer models featured.
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