Rinaldi SM02 Review

This is the second book in this new series from Rinaldi Studio press, where he concentrates on one subject. The subject of the book is the Trumpeter S-65 and Michael goes through the painting and weathering of 2 of these kits in great detail. The new introduction to the technique repertoire is the Windex Method. This book si probably more like the earlier TankArt books, but goes into more detail than any of the individual builds in the TankArt books.

First, let’s list the basic details of this book:

  • Author: Michael Rinaldi
  • Publisher: Rinaldi Studio Press
  • Language: English
  • Release date: April 2016
  • ISBN: 978-0-9883363-5-3
  • Size: soft cover, 20 cm x 16 cm approx (6.5″ x 7.5″)
  • Weight: ca. 0.5 kg
  • Pages: 128
  • Paper: The book has a soft cover and the interior pages are semi-glossy.
  • Photos: 193 colour photos, approx
  • Price: $25, with free shipping inside the US and $5 shipping everywhere else.

Table of contents:

  • Introduction – 2 pages
  • Paint Schemes – 2 pages
  • Weathering Philosophy – 2 pages
  • Technique Proficiency – 20 pages
  • Assembly – 8 pages
  • Painting – 24 pages
  • Weathering – 20 pages
  • Tracks – 6 pages
  • Seat painting – 6 pages
  • Last Details – 4 pages
  • Model Gallery – 14 pages
  • Step by Step Reference – 4 pages.

The introduction is where the new index removal technique is mentioned for the first time and provides a very brief overview of the book before moving on to paint schemes. The two pages on paint schemes give some brief ideas around choosing paint schemes. There follows a couple of pages on weathering philosophy. In this book Michael actually paints and weathers two models but the first one is used as the vehicle to cover technique proficiency. One of the cornerstones of Michael’s technique is the hairspray technique and he explains how this works. Throughout the book there are paragraphs marked as either “why” or “how”, and these, as you would expect explain why you might want do to do something and how you would do something. In the technique proficiency chapter, Michael goes over the hairspray technique, the importance of practice and testing and oil paint rendering. Oil paint rendering has been covered in all of Michael’s previous books and is the way in which he uses oil paints to add more detail to model in a similar way to what we see products from the likes of Ammo and AK interactive doing. The main difference from my point of view is that a few tubes of oil paint and some thinners is a lot cheaper than small jars of weathering liquids, and it seems like a more artistic approach as well.

On page 42 we start with the building of the new model and then move on to choosing the colour palette for this model. After a few pages of reference photographs that Michael took of industrial machinery, he adds a primer layer and then adds more layers on top using hairspray as he goes along. When we get to page 66 he first starts talking about the Windex removal technique and explains it fully so you are able to make a start with this technique for yourself. After the decals have been added he moves on to weathering the model with oil paint rendering. This adds more and finer details to the already weathered appearance caused by the use of the hairspray technique and the Windex removal technique. He deals with the tracks and the bench seat as separate items and goes into a bit more detail on them. The final details such as headlights and rope are added after suitable treatments and then the model is complete.

At the end of the book are the 24 steps used in building this kit so you can easily reference these for yourself and adjust as necessary.

Overall, this is a very informative book and for those who build tracked vehicles, this may well represent the most detail about the painting and weathering of one tracked vehicle in one publication. Many other publications will show you how to do various techniques but what I like about this book is the fact it pulls them all together on one build to achieve an end result where all the various techniques complement one another.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International


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