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Victoria, Australia
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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2007 - 08:34 PM UTC
Jim Rae shares his highly detailed review of Richard Windrow''s Advanced Terrain Modelling - an extraordinarily well presented, informative and inspirational book.

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Rhone, France
Joined: November 04, 2005
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Posted: Monday, August 27, 2007 - 09:00 PM UTC
It's going to be an interesting book to check, it shouldn't be too much of a problem to be more interesting than the first in the series which sounded like the author was paid by Woodland Scenics more than by Osprey. ("want to do some rocks? use the Woodland Scenics molds!").
but then " Windrow has the ability to suggest alternatives to the many products he uses - allowing a choice to be made for those of us who DON'T live near 'MegaModels Inc. " says Jim -so let's give the book a chance!
Alternatively, buy a copy of "How to create dioramas" by Sheperd Paine or just check the HFmodeling "base making for beginners" series

I am still waiting for such a book to write at some point "use your bloody eyes"
Provincia de Lugo, Spain / España
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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 - 12:06 AM UTC
Not having his previous book, I won't comment. However, I will give some rationale as to why I rated the book so highly.

Firstly, I believe the title is a bit of a mistake. Many modelers will be put off by the 'Advanced' in the title. There are certainly some pretty advanced techniques in the book but the author does have the ability to break them down into simple tasks - making it suitable for the experienced as well as the novice dioramist.

Secondly, any modeler (or author) has their favorite manufacturer or publisher. I don't personally see ANY problem with Windrow talking about Woodland Scenics as enthusiastically as he does. I tend to get VERY enthusiastic about MasterBox's figures, Tankograd's books or Vallejo paint. Woodland are just about the biggest manufacturer out there of items such as ground-cover and probably the easiest to get hold of.

I'm not the world's greatest 'fan' of some of Osprey's series - particularly 'New Vanguard' which I honestly believe should be completely re-vamped. I am the first to applaud the work they've done in their Modelling Series. 'Modelling Waffen SS Figures' (for example) is one of the best books ever done...
Berlin, Germany
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 10:59 AM UTC
I bought the book yesterday, started reading it and can’t put it down.
It is brilliant – even better than the first one!

The author is not “advertising” any line of products, he only describes was he uses because it works the best. And WS-products are the best on the market (as every train-modeller knows).

A great book, definitely a must have for everybody who is into dioramas or sophisticated base-work.

Rhone, France
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 09:04 PM UTC

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And WS-products are the best on the market (as every train-modeller knows)

Oh wow, i wouldn't have dare being so cruel with the book by saying this

All hails and respect for people who manage to still be enthusiastic about the things they review after years of doing this!

United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, September 14, 2007 - 11:06 AM UTC
I've just got this book and it's excellent.

Never read the first edition.

In no way do I get the impression the author is using the book to push any one product.

He merely lists the ones he uses, including amongst them Woodland Scenics and shows the results of his workmanship, which is superb.

My favourite is the rotting tree made from hair curlers.

I'd recommended it , but would watch the spiral binding does not tear the pages. Great for laying the pages flat but may cause tearing in less careful hands.


Trieste, Italy
Joined: January 01, 2006
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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2008 - 05:33 AM UTC
Thanks for the review Jim!
It seems to be a very helpful book...

I've the first volume... and now I want to buy this one too !