Saturday, March 1

Preview: Mr Black’s sets the scene in the first of a series of diorama books

Just released is Stelios Demiras’ latest book for Mr Black Productions is all about dioramas rather than figures. Being much more than just window dressing we think this release is just as important – It is called “Scale Model Handbook, Diorama Modelling 1” we have some preview details and images inside…

RRP: US$49.99/ €29,95
Available directly from: - The book will be also available through their distributors in the next few days.
We thought we would relay the latest info from Stelios the head man at Mr Black Productions about his new book that sets the scene long before the stars take their place on the stage, the first in a series of books on this subject we hope – Scale Model Handbook, Diorama Modelling

Welcome to the first book about modelling dioramas in Mr Black Publications’ series of Scale Model Handbooks. We promised in our first issue that our publications would eventually cover a greater variety of military modelling themes and now our first special issue dedicated to various types of dioramas has come to fruition!
 4 Bailén, July 1808 - 54mm (1/32)

While gathering material for such a special book we soon realized that it wouldn’t be possible to cover everything we wanted to in our standard 52-page format, so a 100-page book became inevitable to provide more coverage and satisfy the requirements of our readers. Different approaches, techniques and step-by-step instructions are covered in more than 400 photographs and associated texts to inspire you, the reader, to make your own creations.
 20 Back to the Front - 120mm (1/16)

It took us about 18 months of intensive work to gather our material, since we wanted to cover many historical periods, such as Napoleonic, 15th century, WWI, WWII and not forgetting civilian based scenes, as well as considering the many different and popular scales of 1/35 (50mm) and 1/32 (54mm) to the larger 1/24 (75mm) and 1/16 (120mm) scale dioramas, to satisfy our readers’ interests. Our aim was to make this book a necessary and useful handbook for modellers everywhere.
  28 US M3 Stuart “Honey” - 50mm (1/35)

We would like to thank those who contributed to this book, as we couldn’t have produced it without them. Antonio Fdez (“Piqui”), Jesus Gamarra, Javier Gonzalez (“Arsies”), Theodoros Kelesidis, Noel Petroni, Sergey Popovichenko, Costas Rodopoulos, Kazufumi Tomori, Alex Varela (“Iguazzu”), and Dave Youngquist… You are all stars!
 40 Die Ostfront 1945 - 120mm (1/16)

Special thanks must go to Luca Marchetti and Pietro Balloni from Pegaso Models who have been there for us right from the start; Alex Vallejo (Vallejo Acrylics), Alexey Lucanev (Irbis Miniatures) and John Page (Sphere Products) whose support is highly appreciated. Last, but not least, we would like to thank Ken Jones for his valuable help in editing texts, his advice and lending a unique final touch to all our publications.
 60 Conquistadors - 75mm (1/24)
It is with much excitement and satisfaction that we present you with this first book in our new “Diorama Modelling Series” - it’s one in which we are placing great hope towards it being a new and successful regular edition to our series of modelling books!
 66 “The Cannon” - 50mm (1/35)
72 Kings of the Road - 54mm (1/32)
80 Making Pine Trees - 50mm(1/35) /54mm(1/32)
88 Near Moscow, December 1941 - 50mm(1/35)/ 54mm(1/32)
Antonio Fdez (Piqui) • Jesus Gamarra • Javier Gonzalez (Arsies) • Theodoros Kelesidis • Noel Petroni • Sergey Popovichenko • Costas Rodopoulos Kazufumi Tomori • Alex Varela (Iguazzu) • Dave Youngquist
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