I’ve just been informed by the publisher that my new book, Airbrushing for Railway Modellers, is due to hit the shelves of bookshops in July (the 8th is the official publication date). I’m really rather excited about this title, not least as it’s taken a few years to get the whole project together. I received my first advance copy yesterday and it looks good, with nearly 220 pages of info and almost 500 colour images.
The airbrush is an essential tool for modellers striving for professional quality results and, in the book, I aim to show how absolutely anyone can use an airbrush effectively. All you need is a basic equipment set-up and to follow a few basic rules concerning mixing/thinning paints and setting air pressures. The cost of good quality equipment has recently come down drastically, so there’s never been a better time to make the move to spray painting your models. The book contains a wealth of detailed advice on choosing airbrushes, air supplies and accessories to match your own needs and budget.
A good airbrush offers unparalleled levels of finish and consistency while also offering the chance to create unique effects such as weathering and stencilling. All of the necessary techniques are described, along with lots of practical guidance on subjects ranging from airbrush operation, paint formulas and colour matching to cleaning and maintenance.
I’ve included lots of my ‘tricks of the trade’, many of which have not been revealed before, displayed whilst working on an eclectic range of rolling stock, building and scenic subjects, in scales from ‘N’ to ‘O’ gauge. This is a standalone work, independent of Model Rail magazine and not simply a re-hash of old projects. The aim of the exercise has been to produce the ultimate one-stop reference work for any railway modellers interested in using an airbrush, from the complete novice to the experienced model painter.