Multimedia Review
Basic Modeling
Basic Modeling, a beginner's guide to building and painting scale model kits
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by: Russ Amott [ RUSSAMOTTO ]

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.
Highs: Information in the video is covered in a simple, step by step manner, making it easy to understand.
Lows: Video is a little dated, and information is not particularly exciting.
Verdict: This is a good, basic guide for beginning modelers.
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  Mfg. ID: none
  Suggested Retail: $9.95
  PUBLISHED: Dec 19, 2012

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About Russ Amott (russamotto)

I got back into the hobby a few years back, and wanted to find ways to improve, which is how I found this site. Since joining Armorama I have improved tremendously by learning from others here, and have actually finished a couple of kits. I model to relax and have fun, but always look to improve. ...

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Thanks for helping with this, Fred.
DEC 19, 2012 - 06:58 AM
Looks like a very handy guide. Well done.
DEC 19, 2012 - 05:51 PM
An excellent stocking stuffer!
DEC 22, 2012 - 06:05 AM

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