Osprey Masterclass – Aircraft Modelling, Brett Green 2010


Osprey Masterclass – Aircraft Modelling
by Brett Green, publisged 2010


Review by David Edwards

 

Introduction

The name Brett Green will be familiar to most AMIers as the editor of the Hyperscale website, a frequent contributor to modelling magazines and also an accomplished author.

I’ve been aware of the book reviewed here for some time but hadn’t gotten around to picking up a copy until this week.

The book

My attention was drawn to the many colour photos, the hard cover with an internal spiral binding that allows the book to lie flat on the work bench, and the inclusion of a good number of Australian subjects.   As a dyed in the wool 1/72 fan, the choice of 1/48 and 1/32 subjects barely dented my interest.

Each chapter takes a different theme.

  • “Building a state of the art injection moulded kit straight from the box” features the 1/48 Tamiya A6M5/5A Zero. This is a very nice build of a brilliant kit.
  • “Building a new generation limited run kit” tackles the Special Hobby 1/48 Spitfire VC in markings from 54 Squadron RAF.  A walkaround of Temora’s Spitfire VIII and XVI is included.
  • “Working with resin conversions” covers another Spitfire VC, this time from 85 Squadron RAAF.  Brett takes the reader through using the Red Roo VC conversion with the Tamiya VB, and using Alclad for the unpainted finish.
  • “Improving a simple snap together kit” sees the 1/32 21st Century Bf 109 given a detail makeover.  This chapter includes another walk around, this time of the Australian War Memorial’s G6.
  • ‘Working with large scale resin kits” is a surprise as Brett builds a 1/1 scale Luftwaffe control stick and a Revi 16B gunsight.  The end result is two really nice conversation pieces.
  • In “Building a current generation long-run injection-moulded kit” the Eduard 1/48 F6F-3 gets an “out of box” build as a Fleet Air Arm SEAC Hellcat I.
  • “Upgrading an older kit with resin cockpit and wing fold” describes the use of the Dangerboy/Lone Star wing fold, Quickboost cowl and Ultracast resin seat with the Hasegawa 1/48 F6F-5N Hellcat night fighter.
  • “Converting a model kit the old fashion way” has the Revell / Monogram 1/48 B25J as its subject, converted to a RAAF B25D “hybrid”.  While this is an excellent build, there are some subtle differences in fuselage cross section between the B25D and the J, as well as the waist gun fairings.  A conversion of the Accurate Miniatures B25D might be a better option.
  • “Kitbashing two mediocre kits for a better result” sees the  best parts of the Trumpeter and Hobbycraft Sea Furies combined for a more detailed, more accurate model.  Brett uses the Cooper Details detail set and Aussie Decals sheet for RAN Sea Fury “108” from HMAS Sydney.
  • Roy Sutherland contributes “Improving detail on an accurate inkection-moulded plastic kit” and adds his Cooper Details resin sets to the Airfix 1/48 Spitfire 22/24.  Roy also uses some old fashioned modelling skills to tidy up areas such as the wheel wells and rocker cover fairings.
  • “Upgrade and conversion using resin and photo-etch” begins with photos by Rodger Kelly covering the USS Kitty Hawk’s carrier air group back in 2007. It continues with Brett using the Wolfpack resin wing and Eduard’s “Big Ed” detail set to improve the Revell 1/48 F/A-18E Super  Hornet.  Afterburner provide the decals, for VFA-31 Tomcatters.

Brett saves the best until last with “Adding detail to an older kit” with the Italeri 1/48 Aermacchi 326, Ozmods tip tanks and cockpit, and Hawkeye decals.  He includes a walk around of Fighter World’s Macchi.
Each of the above chapters includes step by step instructions and lavish use of photographs.  The materials and techniques are carefully detailed and clearly explained.

Recommendation

I very much enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to any aircraft modeller that wants some inspiration to take their modelling up a notch.