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#1 Jim B

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 03:19 PM

I have been looking to find a book on biulding diorama sceens for model cars & trucks, and there only seems to be one "How to Build Creative Dioramas for Your Scale Auto Models" by Ken Hamilton. I have "How to Build Dioramas" by Shepard Paine, but that book generally deals with 1/35 military models (don't get my wrong, it's a good book!) I saw Ken Hamilton's book on Amizon for $284, but most were around $70 (the highest I saw was a rental for $300). Is this book worth $70? I was just wondering because as soon as I pay $70 for the book, Kalambach will reprint it & sell it for $20.

Just looking for thought on the book.

Thanks.

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 04:05 PM

Jim, the reason why Ken's book is that price is that people are taking advantage of the fact that it is out of print, so they ask whatever price because they know what I know which is that Mr. Hamilton's book is THE BOOK on building automobile related dioramas. I am a happy and proud owner of a signed copy.

My advice is to keep looking for it in hobby shops, etc . . . and you might just run across it one day. The other option is to contact The Strand in New York and see if they can track you a copy for a more reasonable price.

Is it worth it, you bet!

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Posted 03 November 2011 - 06:11 PM

Yeah, Ive got that book too, well, two of em!! Yes I paid out the wazoo for em, even talk to Ken on the phone once...nice guy!! I LOVE the book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET THE BOOK!!!!! ;)

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 01:32 AM

Derrick, Ken is one heck of a nice guy and very accessible too.

#5 Jim B

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 04:34 AM

Thanks for the advice, guys. I appreciate it. I'll keep looking.

Maybe a letter writing campaign to Kalambach will get them to reprint another addition? Couldn't hurt.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:35 AM

Keep looking, it is a great book. I came across mine on ebay for around $20 and it happened to be one that Ken was selling himself, he even autographed it before he shipped it. They are out there without paying an arm and a leg for them, just keep looking.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 09:48 AM

That's good to know.

Thanks.

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 11:53 AM

Google it - I found it for $100.00

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 12:02 PM

There is one listed on Ebay (toys & hobbies/dioramas) for $39.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:51 AM

Kalmbach could care less, they are the ones who remaindered it to begin with, which upset a few people . . .

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 06:59 AM

Here's the response I received from Kalmbach when I asked them about this book:

"Hello James,
Thank you for your recent inquiry about How to Build Creative Dioramas for Your Scale Auto Models. As of now, there are no plans for a new edition of the book. However, it is possible that the book will appear in a digital format in the future, as we are converting some of our older titles to this format. You can check our website, www.kalmbachstore.com, for these titles.

Also, www.bookfinder.com, checks various sites besides Amazon for out-of-print books. Unfortunately, there is nothing less than $76 for this book.



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Best regards,
Randy Rehberg
Associate Editor

Kalmbach Books
21027 Crossroads Circle
Waukesha, WI 53187-1612 "

Not very encouraging. I don't want an e-book, I want a book! You know, paper pages. What am I supposed to do? Read it on my wife's Kindle?

Edited by Jim B, 07 November 2011 - 07:00 AM.


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Posted 07 November 2011 - 09:54 AM

I've always preferred a hard copy I can keep at the bench.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 10:28 AM

Same here. It's sort of strange, but if these books are selling for between $75 - $300 it seems like bad business sense NOT to print another edition. If a $19 book is selling for that high of a price, obviously there is a demand for it. By not printing another edition Kalmbach is loosing out on profits.

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 12:26 PM

James, remember Kalmbach was/ is the same publisher that Kiboshed "Car Modeler magazine in 1991 ............... Ed Shaver

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:15 PM

Sorry to say but as a request of a friend I deleted the album. Anyone wanting the book, if they didn't see it already will have to search for a hard copy.

Junior

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 01:49 PM

True, Ed. And there's more money in armor modeling.

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 12:33 PM

Again, keep looking . . . I'm sure a copy will turn up.

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:52 PM

I scored a copy on Ebay for $39.00.

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:18 AM

Sorry to say but as a request of a friend I deleted the album. Anyone wanting the book, if they didn't see it already will have to search for a hard copy.

Junior


I thought it was with Kens ok??

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 01:06 PM

Apparently not.