AMMO BY MIG Jimenez
How to Paint
Early WWII German Tanks 1936 - Feb 1943
AMMO by MIG Jimenez has published an increasingly extensive array of “how to” publications, ranging from their Weathering line of magazines which focus on specific techniques, to full scale books that focus on specific subjects and how to accurately portray them. The wide range of these publications means that if you need instruction on any specific technique for weathering, or need help with a modeling subject area, chances are very good that AMMO has tailor-made guidance available for you. Of course, AMMO also makes and markets a vast array of paints and assorted finishing products to help you get the desired results on your model.
The subject of this book is the early vehicles used by the Germans in WWII, specifically between 1936 and early 1943. The author / modeler of this book is a Korean, Sungjun Jang. Mr. Jang is known for his speed of building while achieving quite effective results.
Format - softcover, portrait format
Page Count - 184 high gloss pages
Size - 8.5” x 11.75”
Photos - Full Color images, some period B/W
Tables / drawings / diagrams - full color camouflage and markings diagrams
All text and photograph captions are in English and Spanish
What's between the Covers?
This book examines a wide variety of finishing and weathering techniques as done on eight different early war German subjects ( as see above in the books Table of Contents. Most of the kits are 1/35 scale, one 1/48 scale kit and one 1/16 scale kit are also included. A nice variety of manufacturers kits are used as the subjects.
A couple of pages of period black and white photos of early war German subjects are included for reference.
Above - a very useful table provides the 1930 - Feb. 1943 standard German names for vehicle colors, the RAL designation for the colors, and lastly the AMMO stock number for the specific colors.
A total of nine full color single aspect renderings illustrate various early to mid war German subjects with explanations of their paint schemes. The colors are called out by RAL reference numbers and / or AMMO designations.
Above - the various techniques examined throughout the book are given quite adequate space to be covered thoroughly, as in the above instance on wheel weathering techniques. The use of dual language captions is seamless and unobtrusive.
Above - a typical chapter opening spread, showing off the completed model in all it’s weathered glory. A short history on the subject vehicle is also provided.
Above - the photographs are crystal clear and illustrate the “how’s” of the author’s techniques in use very well. The photography in this volume is first rate throughout.
Every aspect of the vehicles is addressed by the author at some point in the volume, on one vehicle or another. The author conveys a lot of really solid info on the techniques he uses in a compact yet complete manner. Just look at what all is contained on the above two page spread - tracks, roadwheel work, hull and roadwheel mud splatters. Very nice!
As is typical of tutorial books of this sort, the products used for the various techniques are prominently shown in the photographs. And as this book is published by AMMO, the products you’ll see used are AMMO products, even the decal set and the CA or “super glue”.
Above - I couldn’t resist adding another full two page spread of the author’s nice work.
This is quite a minor complaint, but I do wish that the Table of Contents listed the specific techniques highlighted in each chapter, rather than just subject, manufacturer and scale.
This book is a very high quality work, with terrific informative content combined with great photography. The techniques found throughout this book are quite wide ranging and are very well described and illustrated. Some of the techniques found in this book may be familiar to the more experienced builders out there, but I’d be willing to bet almost everyone will find nuggets of gold in this book.
Finally, although this book is titled as how to paint Early WWII German Tanks, the techniques within this volume can easily be applied equally to other subjects, thus increasing the usefulness ( and value ) of this book.
Thanks to AMMO by MIG Jimenez for the review copy.
Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland
AMPS 2nd Vice President, Midwest Region
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