Tommy's War is set to release this how-to book, for both beginner and experienced modellers, in the design, planning, and creation of realistic models in 1:285 and 1:32 scales.

Modelling World War 1 Trench Warfare

Authored by Andy Belsey, the book covers British, French and German trenches of the Western Front, including the different construction, materials and repair methods used during the conflict. Each chapter includes the historical background, together with step-by-step instructions.

With over 300 photographs, this book features topics such as:

  • why trenches were a necessity to save lives and how they adapted through the war
  • how to build models of British ‘ideal’ and typical trenches, a wet soil trench, improved shell hole 
  • building a front line dugout, tunnels and mines, or a hospital tent

Construction advice is given for typical French and German trenches, together with a reversed German trench (modelled under British control) and a German concrete bunker. The creation of artillery models, realistic groundwork and plants is covered along with perfecting fine details such as tools, clothes, mess tins, shaving equipment, cigarette packets and letters from home.

Finally, there is a guide to visiting the trenches today, a trench glossary and useful measurements at 1:32 scale.

Published by The Crowood Press Ltd, the book will contain 192 pages, with dimensions of 246 x 189 x 14 mm.

Shipping will start by 31 May 2021.



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