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FC*Modeltips 1


Federico Collada has been building models and offering free downloads form his blog, FC Modeltips, for many years. A prolific modeler, he decided to publish his tips on how he is able to complete so many models with nearly as much artistry as some of the top names that finish far less per year. This is the first of two book; FC*Modeltips 1. It is sub-titled “More than 30 tips on building and painting military models.

It is an A4 sized softcover (cardboard) book with perfect biding and 116 pages within. The pages are semi-matt with full color. Note that the page numbering starts with the front cover and ends with the rear cover which is an advertisement for AV Vallejo who provided support and assistance.

The index covers 21 subjects:

  1. Sagging vinyl tracks
  2. Welding lines
  3. Glass and plastic bottles
  4. Texturing a vacuform (sic) scene
  5. Vacuform (sic) building
  6. Warm colours
  7. Cold colours
  8. Hand painted camouflage
  9. Zenithal light
  10. Six ways of painting tracks
  11. Printed wood planks
  12. Dragged veil, wood texture
  13. Dragged veil, dirt
  14. Stencilling chipping
  15. Splashed and dragged veil
  16. Stains with felt tip pens
  17. Faded winter camouflage with glass cleaner
  18. Iron paint rusting
  19. Dry mud 1
  20. The weathering chamber
  21. Pigments rain

While many of these techniques are familiar to ‘old hands’, they may be new to recent modelers. I personally found a few new ones which had me thinking, “why didn’t I try that before?”


Each technique is explained in text and clear large photographs which walk one through the process.

While I personally wouldn’t sag vinyl tracks, I had never considered thread for weld lines. While reading through each chapter, one realizes that the book isn’t about getting perfectly artistic results but to get very good and quick results thereby saving time. While one can find tutorial on zenithal painting, there aren’t many aimed at the military modeler which do such an excellent job of describing the incorporation of vacuum formed products into a scene.


The chapters of warm and cold colors, as they relate to military modeling, shows the art school information a modeler would want without the extraneous homework and tuition fees. While there are six ways to painting tracks described, my personal technique isn’t there but I do admit it takes longer than the half dozen described.


Using printed planks interested me but I personally wouldn’t find unpainted wood in historical photos so my only addition would be to overpaint the printed wood lightly allowing the grain to show through as though it was a filled and primed wood piece. Again, it is my personal preference but I would use the technique in areas away from direct scrutiny such as in a cab.


Some of the weathering techniques, such as using pens, are not new to me but others are. The dragged veil makes three appearances and the weathering chamber is a new approach I haven’t tried.

I do like this book a lot for two reasons, it reminds me that many old school techniques are still valid and it is not necessary to jump on the latest trending bandwagon plus, I should be completing far more models and open my eyes to using everyday items creatively. Recommended to my friends. Buy your copy at FC ModelTrend shop.  I wonder what book two will include?

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