by: Russ Amott [ ]
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The Video Workbench series of instructional videos is designed to teach the "three T's of modeling: Tips, Tools and Techniques." The series of videos covers everything from basic modeling to advanced techniques in specific areas of modeling, including building propeller and jet powered aircraft, science fiction models, figures, cars, painting techniques, and the subject of this review, basic modeling.
Basic modeling is intended for beginning modelers. It starts with a boy playing video games on tv and asks if there isn't something more constructive to do. The video host, Chuck Davenport, an experienced modeler, steps in and introduces the boy and the viewer to modeling. As stated in the title, it is basic, covering where to build, how to read instructions, washing the parts, how to locate parts, building in sub assemblies, removing and cleaning up parts, dry fitting, types of cement and how to use them, how to glue clear parts, how to remove scuff marks, applying decals, how to paint with a brush, clean and care for the brush and apply paint from a can.
The video was made in 1992 and appears a bit dated, and some products currently available are not mentioned, but the information is clear and informative. It is a little dry, though I don't know how to make this kind of information more exciting. This is a good introduction to modeling for beginners, and helpful for others to brush up on some basics. It is available as a DVD for $9.95, with free shipping in the US, and $7.95 as a digital download.