Included are 12 projects covering common problems areas and applications such as detailing a simple snap-together kit, mastering a factory-fresh automotive surface, drawing camouflage patterns, adding dirt and rust, adding complex color schemes, and more. Robert Downie is an experienced modeler who has spent more than 20 years with advanced airbrushing techniques. A frequent contributor to Scale Auto magazine, he is a professional industrial designer with his own design and illustration firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Convert currency. Add to Basket.
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The kicker is that I do not know much about them, so I am looking for a good book - something that will take me through selection of an airbrush, to first steps, and then more advanced technique. Also an Amazon E-book and paperback of tips. This is actually something I would stay away from, at least in my opinion. There are very few books on airbrushing for scale-modelers. Most of them are badly outdated. Moreover, everyone has different airbrushes, paints, and preferable techniques.
For instance, some people like higher PSI, some like lower. Even spraying one brand of paint will require adjustments for different effects. And if you get an airbrush book on overall use or airbrush artwork , you're going to get a lot of tips and techniques that won't directly apply to modeling. I would just buy a good airbrush and learn by doing. As long as you learn how to clean the airbrush, you really can't do any wrong at least with a good airbrush. If you want to learn airbrushing, check out youtube videos, which are better than any book.
No book or video can teach that. Also, feel free to post any questions here. I also have a small airbrushing section on my website , mostly troubleshooting tips. Action Fleet Unlimited : Star Wars models, customs, toys, techniques, and scale lists with a few non-SW models thrown in.
It's like learning how to drive. So, I just practiced on anything - paper, old models, toys, etc. I know the horrors of getting a cheep piece of equipment to start with, and then getting frustrated with the entire idea, so in that regard I have learned to get a decent book and study it and in that sense I can test the waters, before taking the plunge.
I realize that a lot of information is on the web, but, I can take a book with me when I'm on the go, and a computer would be useless. Canvas, photo retouching, T-shirts, murals etc. Pretty much all 2 demensional objects. Well, I can suggest a few books I've read. Links are to Amazon. They all have a nice preview, so you can gauge how effective they might be for you.
How to Use an Airbrush - when I started this was the only airbrush book for modeling, thought it's outdated. It focuses on using an airbrush primarily. How to Use an Airbrush 2nd Edition - Like the last one, this is more about using an airbrush on specific models, not really blanket techniques or what to look for.
And several of the models appear in both books. Airbrushing and Finishing Techniques - This is probably your best bet and most expensive. They talk about several airbrush types, accessories, techniques, etc.
The downside is that it focuses mostly on aircraft. Although, going back to your hammer analogy, finding the best is probably going to require mostly online searches.
Everyone seems to have their favorite airbrush that they swear by. There are even people who love the Testor's Aztek series that I and a lot of acrylic users can't stand. Best of luck though in finding a good resource. I'm beginning to think finding a good resource is harder than finding a good AB. I don't mind some general info, as I'm starting to get into war-gaming as well, and I'm sure that there will be a fair amount of information that will cross over from military scale models to miniatures, and vice versa.
Best idea: spray water not paint with basic exercises and technique. Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account. Login or Register. COM Enter keywords or a search phrase below: Search. Looking for a good airbrush book views.
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Looking for a good airbrush book