by: Sean Hadfield [ ]
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AK interactive, perhaps the leaders in weathering products, bring us a 128-page "complete guide with all techniques and detailed step by step". The book is heavy because of the thick, glossy pages with crystal clear photography. It's so bright and inviting!
This book is a composition of works from 6 different modelers, and I must say, each with excellent weathering techniques. They are Chuck Doan, Doozy Okugawa, Marc Reusser, Per Olav, Scratchmod, and Virgil Suarez. Also credited are Fernando Vallejo for the Original Idea, Mig Jimenez as the Art Director, Carlos Cuesta as the Development and Project Manager, and others (see Table of Contents photo).
There is much to learn here, and it's presented very clearly, with an abundance of photos to explain each step in their process and to show how each effect looks at the completion of the project.
Although this is an AK interactive publication, they show us the use of a wide variety of weathering and finishing products from many manufacturers besides AK interactive, such as Tamiya, Vallejo, Mr.Hobby, Lifecolor, Humbrol, and Floquil, so it's not just a 128-page advertisement.
I did notice some typographical errors (on the inside cover they give "Sepcial Thanks"), and as you can see from the scan of page 100-101 attached, sometimes the captions didn't match with the photos. While that can be distracting, the lesson is clear enough to follow in all cases. The team is mainly non-English-speaking, as evidenced by the inclusion of an "English Language Editor" in the credits.