New Publications from these prolific publishers are always
welcome; each one sets new boundaries and standards for others
This new series Inside & Out, Why Don't I build standard
kits? ISBN no 80-86416-32-1 by Milan Kosek's is one of these.
Sub titles A Modeller’s guide to improving scale model kits No
2. It is bilingual in English and Czech. Price unknown as it
is a review copy, so check out with your local book store.
It is printed on a large format 32cm by 24 cm larger than standard
A4, it has 64 pages and this allows for very good quality full
colour photographs of outstanding quality, a total of 277 in
The Subjects in this edition are all wrecks of tanks and soft
skins and armoured cars all are 1/35 in scale, they include the
following Tamiya Strumtiger, Italeri Hetzer, Tamiya Jagdpanther,
Italeri RSO, Tamiya Tiger old model, Italeri Puma, H.K resin
S.W.S Tamiya Marder original 30 year old kit, Tamiya panther
again the original kit, Italeri Sd Kfz 234/4, Tamiya Sd Kfz 251/9,
and lastly Italeri Opel Blitz.
Each subject is covered in a photomontage of the actual kit after
it is built up and painted it truly shows the level of detail
and skill that the modeller has for his subject. In each section
there is a explanation of what has been done to the kit and the
add on details from resin or photo etch used and some brief outlines
in text only of the parts scratch built or super detailed.
The actual kits are outstanding and I could see many of them
winning in major international competitions up to best of show
or gold medal.
The modeller has achieved just the right amount of wrecking to
make it realistic and more important believable, in many of the
models it is in the knowing when to stop to achieve the end result,
he has done this superbly in my mind at the right moment in each
Each model has been treated to a different approach and style
which show the model to its best advantage. This is reflected
in the final photographs of the models you can see how his style
has altered and improved. If I had to pick one that gives me
the most satisfaction it has to be the RSO on page 20.
However there is one down side and I hope the author will take
this on board as a constructive criticism, unless you have encyclopaedia
knowledge of resin accessories and photo etch. In the completed
models it is near impossible to see what is not his work and
the work of bought items. I would like to have seen at least
half of the photographs devoted to the construction stages to
show the level of detail in the models before final painting.
Conclusions, a very well presented book by a master model maker,
the photographs are stunning, a good read, inspirational to those
who are ready to take on the hard mile in super detailing an
For our American readers who like to see points awarded, over
all I give it 8 out of 10 for content, photographs it has to
be 10 out of 10, ease of read 10 out of 10. selection of subjects
and scales I have to give 10 out of 10, my overall mark is a
high 9 out of ten, had it had the early construction photographs
in it would have been a full set of marks all round.
For those who have read my review of the No1 on the aircraft
models in this series they will note I have made the exact
same comments and conclusions, this is because to both cases
the same apply. To be fair to both authors they have set themselves
very high standards for first time books but to achieve that
extra yard they need constructive criticism and that is what
I hope I have done.
Go out and order your copy now you will not be disappointed.
Many thanks to Franti for the advance review copy handed to
me at Scale Model World 03.
Ian Sadler Review
IPMS UK Armour TAS
2003 Nov (C)