Monday, 15 February 2010

Scale Model Aircraft in Plastic Card by Harry Woodman

For many, many years I have been an avid model maker, from Airfix, Revel kits in my youth to the resin masters I now build. A recent comment on this Blog about working with Plasticard or Plastic Card brought back memories of this manual Scale Model Aircraft in Plastic Card by Harry Woodman.

I would rate this book as one of my top ten how-to books, written by a true master of 'scratch-building' and a book I would happily recommend to any modeller, as the techniques used are just as relevant to other modelling genres, such or ship modelling or AFV modelling as they are to building aircraft.

Highly recommended, I assure you that this will be a very well thumbed reference work for any modeller who wants to better his or her skills in plastic card.

The book was first published in 1977, but articles by Harry Woodman appear in many modelling magazines before and after this time. Check it out on E-bay (or at your local library). This book was published prior to the huge range of Resin or Etched Brass detailing kits that are so readily available today - therefore if you wanted to detail a cockpit or build a modified wing, you would have to do it yourself. This book, details the techniques that were used by Harry to do just that.


I've just found a web based version of this book on WW1 Modeler, see;


Rob Alderman said...

It really is stunning the level of detail one could achieve back then with such simple tools. Nowadays, we expect it all done for us! Conversion kits! I bet he'd hate the things!
I'll have to look more into this, you've made me feel like a useless youth! :P


John Lambshead said...

I am going to have to look out for that.

Tony said...

To Rob and John,

Well worth searching out. I am sure you will not be disappointed.


Mazhar Shah said...

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Fakharuddin40 said...

I wish to better my skills in plastic cards. How I can?

Plastic Card

Nitecrest said...

Plastic cards do provide a singularly different dimension altogether.

Rehan said...

I will recommend this book to my teenage son.
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Plastic Business Cards said...

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Tony said...

I recently came across this Blog entry;

Stating that Harry Woodman has passed away.

Sad news indeed.