by: Peter van Bezu [ ]
Modeler Glenn Bartolotti is the author of the "Step-By-Step Finishing Armor" series, now numbering 33 volumes. Although each volume is written around a specific vehicle in a specific setting, the techniques shown are universal for painting and weathering any vehicle in the specified era and surroundings.
what you get
The booklet is to be purchased and downloaded, but may be printed by the purchaser for reference and not in mass production (I just love small print). It is delivered in PDF-format, so it should be available on most electronic devices.
The size of the file is 1.40MB.
The booklet starts with a one-page Wikipedia-extract description of the Sd.Kfz.251. This is followed by a short description of the kit used and the building of it (Tamiya), with the explanation why Mr. Bartolotti did or did not specific actions on the model.
Next is the priming and painting of the model, followed by what we all have been waiting for: “The actual weathering.”
The techniques are clearly described and each is accompanied by a photo. While the techniques shown may be too basic for an experienced modeler, for a novice this will be very handy. Even for experienced modelers, it is a handy reference for the order of the various weathering steps.
In terms of testing the techniques, the photos to the right show some of the techniques and materials used on a “volunteer” (a 1/35 Tamiya Sd.Kfz.251/9).
The "Step-By-Step" series is a cheap and handy basic reference for many modelers. It is easy to purchase, and what you see is what you get. If you are, for instance, not interested in modern US-vehicles, just don’t buy volume 22.
Thanks to Glenn Bartolotti for providing this review sample. Be sure to mention you saw it reviewed on Armorama when ordering.