AFV Modeller- BMW R75 Escaping from the Falaise Pocket
Author: Robert Doepp
8.5 x 11.5" Paperback, 112 pages with 425 illustrations
The other AFV Modeller book I was fortunate to receive for review is a bit more specialized than the Crew School book. This book focuses on recreating one specific photo in 1/9 scale through all aspects from scratchbuilding the motorcycle and sculpting the figures, through painting and weathering, and adding to the base. The photo below provided in the book is the basis for the entire content of the book.
As the book claims, whether you're a modeller or enthusiast of wartime German motorcycles, equipment, and uniforms, the author presents a wealth of information with the dissection of every component in detail. Rare wartime images and comprehensive walk-around photographs of a contemporary restoration are also featured in the book. So let's break down what is inside...
After a brief introduction centered around setting up the project and an overview of the techniques that will be used, we get right to it in the first chapter- Construction. This chapter goes into great detail in scratchbuilding the motorcycle. The content is broken down by section:
- Wheels and Frame
- Rear Fender
- Fuel Tank
- Engine Cylinders
- Front Forks
What is included is detailed step by step photographs of the techniques used-- and in some cases, extreme close-up detailed shots of the progress made. Whether you are into motorcycles or 1/9 scale or not, these tips are easily transferable to the genres and scales you would normally build in.
Chapter 2 centers on Painting-- specifically the motorcycle. Like the previous chapter, the process is broken down into specific steps for base colours and weathering. As before, we get step-by-step photos showing each part of the process and clear, concise up close photos at the end of the chapter so you can view all the great details.
Chapter 3 focuses on the figures. There is not an overabundance of figures in 1/9 scale (if any?), so the author works through the process of scratchbuilding the four figures featured in the piece. He used his own body dimensions as a starting point and checked and rechecked often. From Composition and Sculpting the Figures, one gets an idea of how he went about getting them sculpted. This is where the Crew School book might prove handy as a basic reference in learning the needed skills.
Chapter 4 is up next and gives a rundown on figure painting. There is a brief synopsis on head and uniform painting, followed by step-by-steps for each. This is followed up by step-by-steps on camo- the photos are clear and give all the detail you need to carry out the featured techniques.
Chapter 5 centers on designing and building the base for the featured piece. We get as per the other chapters great SBS featured photos through all the phases. This chapter is only two pages long...
Chapter 6 is titled Wartime and gives a wealth of excellent black and white photos of various soldiers on motorcycles and is reminiscent of the excellent photo album books we have come to see from Casemate's books in the past like the Images of War, Camera On, or War Photographer series. If nothing else, they serve as great reference photos to base a scene of your own on if you are looking to try your hand at a German motorcycle model.
Chapter 7, Restored, features a walk around of a restored BMW R75 motorcycle. The section is quite thorough and the descriptions are quite helpful, even considering that museum replicas can at times be misleading as they don't always represent historical accuracy. All of the photos feature captions that describe what we are seeing.
The final chapter is a gallery showing close up photos of the piece that the book centers on. It sums up a book that really is a treat full of excellent eye candy. The book concludes with a brief list of items used and a reference section.
Like the book I previously reviewed, this volume is a real treat from AFV Modeller. Don't let the specific focus of the book deter you from picking it up. Even if you aren't into building motorcycles or VERY large scale models, anyone who models can pick up quite a few useful techniques from the content. I look forward to seeing what other volumes emerge from this publisher and am grateful for the chance to upgrade my skills and become a better modeler.
Highly Recommended for modellers or enthusiasts of wartime German motorcycles, equipment, and uniforms.
Thanks goes out to Casemate Publishers and AFV Modeller Publications for this review sample.
Reviewed by Michael Reeves, AMPS Albany
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