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#1 Monty

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:58 AM

I recently received a Barnes & Noble gift certificate and now I'm interested in hearing your recommendations for interesting books about car models & the car model industry. For example, I think there's supposed to be a fairly good book about Monogram.

I don't know if the books still have to be in print in order to buy them through B&N, so if you can provide me with the actual title & author, or even better, with the ISBN, I can check on that.

#2 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:13 AM

Monty, I know that in my collection I have several top volumes that have given me years of inspiration and pleasure:

 

PAT COVERT'S NEW BOOK that brings together three previous volumes plus new materials published by MOTOR BOOKS.

 

And the other volume (and this one is going to be harder for you to find) is

 

KEN HAMILTON's book on building creative automotive dioramas.



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:49 AM

crazyjim has the Monogram book up for trade



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:02 AM

Bob Downie's "How To Use An Airbrush"



#5 GeeBee

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:53 AM

A few modelling books in my library, both good reads ....

 

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#6 Austin T

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

Cranky's "Ratz,rodz,and rust" is more than any coffee table book you will ever buy.I got one from him at a show and do not regret it one bit,full of tips and a nice showcase at the end. I will be purchasing his new book soon and I expect it to be just as good as the first one. Thanks Cranky for providing us with such a valuable piece of modeling literature as there really isn't much out there. 



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Posted 01 March 2013 - 07:26 PM

Cranky's book is a must, for sure!



#8 Greg Myers

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:56 AM

Here's your history lesson            http://www.amazon.co...ords=model cars

 

 

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#9 Greg Myers

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:58 AM

A book from a true master     http://www.amazon.co...gerald wingrove

 

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#10 Greg Myers

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:02 AM

One that covers a lot of ground  http://www.amazon.co...makers handbook

 

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:05 AM

If you can find one ltx221x.jpg

 

 

from Google : http://www.melbourne...otcarbooks.html


Edited by Greg Myers, 02 March 2013 - 06:06 AM.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:09 AM

Here's your history lesson            http://www.amazon.co...ords=model cars

 

 

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That's a great book Greg, as I have it in my library as well.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:36 AM

i'd use the gift certificate for storage media. there's so much information available online. easier to store, although it doesn't look as nice on the coffee table.

 

 

 

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ton of vintage magazines here:    http://www.modelency...s.php?MagId=115


Edited by southpier, 02 March 2013 - 07:44 AM.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 09:42 AM

I recommend Building and Detailing Scale Model Cars by Pat Covert.  It covers all of the fundamentals.  Unfortunately it is out of print but you might be able to find a copy on ebay.


Edited by carrucha, 02 March 2013 - 09:43 AM.


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Posted 02 March 2013 - 12:49 PM

My favorite is Collecting Model Car and Truck Kits by Tim Boyd 



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:08 PM

If it were up to me , I'd suggest buying books that give reference to the real car subjects that interest you the most . You can then refine you're building skills much better than looking at pictures of someone else's models ................

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:29 PM

crazyjim has the Monogram book up for trade

 

And cheap too!  No cash - just complete, unbuilt kits.

 

If you can find one ltx221x.jpg

 

 

from Google : http://www.melbourne...otcarbooks.html

I'm pretty sure I have a copy of this one.  AS I quickly recall, it's like Reader's Digest size.  If I have it and you want to trade complete, unbuilt kits for it, just let me know.



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:48 AM

No, the AMT Model Car Handbook is a full size 90+ page magazine style book.and worth every penny (model)



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:53 AM

The pic looks so familiar, Greg, and I'm almost positive I have it.  When I go out to the shop later, I'll take a look.



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Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:29 PM

Just dug up one of my old favorites- Bill Neumann's 'Building Model Cars' from his 'Here is your Hobby' series (ca 1970)...

 

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Some aspect of almost every model on that table was touched on by Mr Neumann in his chapters on tool selection, painting, detail work etc. Thought it was a neat pic to get the juices flowing and provoke some nostalgia. I think I've owned or built ninety percent of what's sitting there; how about you guys? 

 

 

mike


Edited by mk11, 04 March 2013 - 05:16 PM.