The Daimler Mk.1b scout car is probably one of the most-recognized armored cars from World War Two. The nickname "Dingo" (after the Australian wild dog, and not, as rumored, after an episode of "Seinfeld") actually came from a competitor's design that wasn't chosen by the British War Office. The name seems appropriate, especially for a vehicle that gained its greatest fame in the North African desert. Its light weight, good power train and decent armor (30mm) made it an excellent reconnaissance vehicle, and it served right from the BEF during the 1940 Battle of France right up until 1952.
Master modeler Glenn Bartolotti has made the Dingo the subject of his latest in the "Step-by-Step Finishing Armor" series.
what you get
As with the other entries in this series, you receive a 14-pade PDF file with color pictures.
As with the other booklets in this series, you are taken step-by-step (hence the name) from finished plastic kit through painting and weathering. The paint colors and brands are called out, as are the weathering materials (provided by MIG and plugged generously). The nods to MIG products might strike some as a little heavy-handed, but having used MIG powders and oils, I can't fault Glenn for linking up with a very good vendor to promote this series. For the price ($1.95), it's a real deal, so presumably some corporate sponsorship helps this happen.
Even the novice modeler can learn a lot from this booklet, including some basic "chipping" technique. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to using advanced weathering techniques is knowing what materials to use. It seems every modeler has his or her own stash of chemicals and powders. Getting started often means waaay too much trial-and-error. This cuts off a lot of time that might be wasted experimenting. A straightforward list with photos like this should help everyone but the most-experienced.
As to the Dingo, it's one of those vehicles that should be in every stash, and the desert weathering techniques will work on Axis vehicles and even modern ones ala Desert Storm.
I can't find anything about this booklet that I would fault. The photos are large, clear and detailed, and the techniques and materials are specified so that even a rank beginner can get good results.
This review sample was provided by Glenn Bartolotti. Please be sure to mention you saw it reviewed on Armorama when ordering.
Highs: A complete master class in a single lesson that will teach you how to build a specific model like a master.Lows: None.Verdict: For the money, you can't go wrong.
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