Wednesday, July 7, 2021

My go-to books

 It’s 10pm. You’re tired. Too tired to work on a model. You’re bored with the internet. But you want to feed your interest in the hobby, so you pull a few books off the shelf and browse them. What books do you typically select?

I had an interesting conversation with friends last week when someone asked what our go-to books are when we want to kill time or find inspiration. Because I often grab a book off the shelf when I want to read in bed, it was pretty easy for me to share my favorites.

Diego Quijano has inspired me for a long time, so his books are always within reach. His encyclopedia series offer a ton of rich content, so every time I browse them I’m reminded to try something new.

I can say the same thing about Adam Wilder’s books on armor. They are perfectly illustrated and offer a wealth of techniques and inspiration.

I’m a sentimental old fool, so Squadron’s line of books have long-offered more than a few ideas and always get my creative juices flowing and eager to start something new.

For armor subjects, Concord’s books are jam packed with excellent photos of armor in action. They are out of print now, but they’re an excellent value when you can find them online or at contests.

There you have it. What books do you find yourself looking at over and over?


  1. I have a particular liking for Daniel Zamarbide's (DZ Models) works and his Aircraft Scale Modelling FAQ is one book I refer to again and again. I also have a large collection of Japanese WW2 reference books, which I also look at often.

    1. I have to second this! I had the good fortune to not only buy my copy at the AMT Torrent Model show in Spain, but also was able to meet Daniel the following year when I was attending the Almeria Modellismo Clinic Modelista. Daniel was teaching an Aircraft Interiors clinic for the three days, but sadly for me it was only in Spanish! I sat in on a bilingual course on figure painting, which escalated my ability to paint figures from "crap" to merely "awful"! :)