- Author: Jonathan Mock,Airfix Products Limited
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: Anova Books
- Published: 26 May 2011
- ISBN: 9781844861262
The Airfix Book of Scale Modelling is the essential guide to making great-looking model kits and getting the most out of this fascinating and rewarding hobby, explaining how to build scale models to suit all levels of modelling skill. With full colour photography throughout, the book covers the history of modelling and of the Airfix company, and shows how injection moulded kits are made, before going on to describe and review the major modelling scales, as well as outlining the range of paints, tools and accessories that are available. Chapters include guides to choosing a kit, tools for the job, painting, decals, conversions, figure-painting, dioramas and more. Common problems and how to solve them are addressed, and the book also features a series of step-by-step construction projects, including expert builds of the F86 Sabre jet, the Aston Martin DBR9, a Panzer IV tank, the Airfix yeoman figure (now reissued for the London 2012 Olympics), a Trafalgar class submarine and a scenic diorama.
Jonathan Mock is an expert modeller and has been building plastic scale models for more than thirty years. After finishing art school in the 1980s, he worked in publishing as a graphic designer and contributed articles and artwork to modelling titles like Scale Aircraft Modelling, Scale Models International and Plastic Kit Constructor. Jonathan now works on a freelance basis, researching and designing decal artwork for Airfix along with producing work for other companies such as The Aviation Workshop, a job he describes as 'the perfect blend of my modelling, historical and artistic interests'.