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Open Book Scale Model Handbook 1, Figure Modelling 1

Discussion in 'Reviews , Video Reviews and Open Book' started by Nap, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Nap Moderator

    Hi Guys ,

    After far too much work its time to enjoy myself and what better way than getteing my thoughts down on PF...so its not so much an open Box review more an Open book.............

    No mater how experienced we are in this hobby , I am sure you all agree we can all learn something both from talking/watching and ofcourse reading and that is exactly what has happened when thanks to the postman I received :

    Title: Scale Model Handbook 1

    Published by: Mr Black Publications

    Editor : Stelios Demiras

    Translated by: Thanos Mentzelopoulos

    Proof Reading by : Charles Davis

    Artwork by: Maria Dimou

    ISBN: 2241-1054

    Price: 14.95 euro's plus shipping

    I ordered my copy direct from Mr Black though the website , this was easily done , with no problems (I even received an e mail from Stelios confirming my details(y)) .

    Shipping was quick , I received mine in under a week , and with the packaging being 1st class in a cardboard box with the book carefully wrapped and sealed inside ...I "attacked" the packaging like a child on Xmas morning and like a child found myself smiling with delight over the contents .

    The book itself is A4 size, with a matt laminated soft covered consisting of a total of 50 pages (52 with covers) , printed on top quality paper with it being highly recommended on the cover by Pegaso.


    The articles inside (a total of 9) use Pegaso figures together with Latorre, Alexandros,Metal modeles, Mantis Miniatures , together with a horse conversion and a scratchbuilt article ..a very good variety of subjects and periods . Painting with all mediums is covered ..Oils, Acrylics and enamels ..great stuff .

    Seleucid General 200mm -Painting a Large Scale Bust

    Roma Victor 75mm -Figure Conversion

    Hero Saxon Warrior 54mm
- Painting Leather & Metal Parts

    “The Old Servant Tells His Tale” - Building a Vignette from Scratch

    Comandant des Mousquetaires du Roi - Simulating Different Kinds of Fabrics & Materials

    Converting a Horse - Making a Unique Horse

    Oberleutnant of the 1st Fallschirmjager - Painting a World War II Figure

    Maya Warrior Middle Ages, XV century - Painting realistic Flesh with Oils

    Highland Warrior - Combining Acrylics with Oils


    Translated from the Greek into English (proof read by Charles) it is an easy read ,each article has a full breakdown on the figure , really well written with excellent painting details in every single article.

    Typeset is clean and again easy on the eye , making me stay up far too late reading the whole book !!!


    From cover to cover the book is covered with superb artwork , great step by step pictures , all are finely defined and true to the colours , reproduction is nothing short of wonderful .....all showing the models off so well .


    This reads like a who's who in the modelling world and I for one thank all that gave their time and talent in helping produce the book

    These include:

    Pietro Balloni, Alexandre Bonastre,Christos Katselos, Grigoris Marmatakis, Artur ,iniszewski, Radek Pituch, Ernesto Reyes Stalhuth and last but not least Chris Tasker

    Final Thoughts:

    As I said we all can learn something and this is a great book to learn from , really well produced , full of quality pictures , interesting articles , reasonably priced as well.

    I found the book easy to read and inspirational , so if you buy no other for your bookshelf buy this one ..you won't regret it .

    I hope that this will also be available in different languages as well for our
    friends throughout this wonderful miniature world of ours.

    This is book 1 covering Figure Modelling and I will be getting No 2 .......3.4, 5 etc...........(y)

    I for one HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book and congratulate Mr Black on producing such a quality item .

    Available from :

    Historex Agents (www.historexagents.com)
    Bookworld Wholesale (www.bookworldws.co.uk)

    In Germany via
    Berliner Zinnfiguren (www.zinnfigur.com)

    In Australia via
    Firestorm Models (www.firestormmodels.com)

    or contact Stelios direct via his website:


    Do it today ..you will not regret it (y):)


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  2. Jazz A Fixture

    Nice review Kev. I am still waiting for the postman to bring mine.
  3. Nap Moderator

    Hi John ,

    Thank you , believe me its worth the wait ....wherever it comes from !!!

  4. combatartist Active Member

    I got mine a while back. It's very good, a few photos are a bit dark, but overall a good reference book.
  5. Nap Moderator


    Hi combatartist ,

    Thanks for the comments , I presume you mean the backgrounds on some of the pictures , a personal choice I think , for me these seem to bring out the painting more .

    But like you say overall a good reference book.

  6. Stelios Demiras A Fixture

    Hi everyone,
    Kevin's open book review was something beyond my expectations. I am very touched by this beautiful and thorough presentation he did. Thank you very much! It means a lot to me. As most of you maybe know, I am a vivid modeller for a life time, so my aim was to produce a book series from a modeller's point of view for modeller's use.

    I am very happy that together with my team (my beautiful wife who is the art director of the series), my friends and the contributors this dream came true. My promise to all of you is that I will try to keep on producing high quality books having in mind the modellers' needs.

    This time that my country is “on fire” your support and your kind words for a product made in Greece with international participation, give us strength and hope for a better future for all of us.

    Thank you again. Keep on modelling!
    Stelios Demiras

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