TankArt3 by Rinaldi Studio Press


From: Rinaldi Studio Press

Author: Mike Rinaldi

Contributor: Andy Taylor

US ISBN: 978-0-9883363-3-9

MSRP: US $40.00

Modeling guide book with 223 pages, color images throughout.

Review by: Scratchmod

  • advanced weathering
  • 6 complete model projects
  • Layered painting concepts
  • Working with oil paints
  • Latest techniques
  • Contribution by Andy Taylor
The book starts off like any other book with an introduction to the book and comments from fellow modelers about the book, Mike and his models and painting skills. TA3 is very similar in layout as the previous two books, TA1 & 2, with just minor changes being made to ease in the reading and description of using the mediums and techniques used on each model. As with the first two books, this book is loaded with high quality color photos that clearly show the tiniest detail.
This third books topic is Modern Armor and I am sure many have been waiting for TA3, I know I have. Even if you are not a big fan of Modern Armor this is still a great book for your collection. The painting and weathering and products used in this book are the basically same for any era of military vehicles, not just Modern Armor.
Besides the above contents, there are six chapters dedicated to models and the techniques used by the author. The last chapter/model is from Andy Taylor, which is also a masterpiece like the others in this book.


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  • D9R Armored Dozer
  • T-62M1 MBT
  • AMX-30B MBT
  • FV221 Caernarvon
  • T-72B (model 1989) MBT
  • MTLB by Andy Taylor
The book starts with the normal introduction by the author followed by a couple of pages of adverts, then the fun starts with Products and Materials. Here different paints and techniques are described and accompanied by color images. This chapter is basically similar to what we saw in the first two TA books so I won’t go too much into this chapter.
We continue with the next chapter which covers Mike’s specialty, Combining HS and Oil Paint Rendition. Here is where Mike is the master and he willing shows and explains to the reader about the HS technique and the process for best results. On a side bar there is a nice ‘trouble shooting’ column with the most common problems, along with Mike’s solution, or explanation on how to fix the issue.
The rest of the section covers the OPR that Mike developed. Here we find descriptions of various uses for oils, such as filters and washes, and of course the OPR technique. The OPR is described simple enough for the modeler to understand , and the step by step color photos help in this area .
Moving along we end the chapter with Pigments. Although this topic covers only two pages, the photos and text really inspire one to dirty up a model with pigments. The author goes over the basics on working with pigments, and again the few photos on these two pages show the pigments once applied to a model.

D9R Armored Dozer
This seems to be a very popular subject, with the recent release of an injection molded kit of the D9R from Meng. Looking at the model in this book one would think that is was this new kit, but in fact the author used a full resin kit as the Meng kit was not yet on the market. Either way, this model looks spectacular, especially the weathering.
The chapter follows the normal build routine beginning with the build and leading to the completed model. Unlike what we read in magazine articles that describe the build and painting of a model, the author has gone further and calls out paints used in this project with notes on the color mixes etc.
Here is where things differ from those magazine articles and that is in regards to the authors thoughts on the how’s and why’s he went about painting a certain way. It is always interesting to hear a modelers thoughts on painting and weathering, and the techniques used, and reading the authors thoughts I find is a nice touch.
There are also side bars with tips on fixing problems that occur during the build and also on the painting. My favorite is the tips about the pigments and creating texture. The chapter also covers all aspects of the painting and weathering that went into this model as well as the chipping and OPR techniques. The remaining pages in the chapter on the D9 are photos of the finished model with overall and close up photos. Finally we come to the end with a quick step by step reference showing the steps taken in this project, from start to finish.
Although this subject is not my cup of tea I did however enjoy reading the chapter mainly because the painting and weathering is my favorite part of a model project. I did learn a thing or two which I hope to incorporate into one of my upcoming builds.
The rest of the models in the book follow the same layout as with the D9 Dozer and the previous two books so I won’t be repetitive and will just highlight areas of the other models in the book.
T-62M1 MBT
In recent years the T-62 tank used by the Afghan army has been a very popular subject to model ever since the release of newly tooled T-62 variants by Trumpeter. Inspirational reference photos of these Afghan tanks in the ‘tank graveyard’ combined with these new kits has made modeling the T-62 more fun.
Mike uses his masterful skills in showing us in this chapter his techniques for modeling the T-62 with camo over a Russian green base color. The model used features a cast resin turret and parts from MIG Productions, as well as some scratch built parts to accurately reproduce the T-62 M1 seen in many reference photos.
Various techniques are used for the painting and weathering of the model including the hair spray technique to create worn and chipped paint. All techniques used are clearly explained in text and photos.
French AMX-30B MBT
This has to be one of those models you don’t see very often, unless of course you build modern French tanks. Here Mike has done an outstanding job on the painting and especially the weathering of this model. Here he uses the HS chipping technique on a three toned camo scheme to great effect, layered chipping is what I like to call it.
Here is also where his expertise in the ODR comes into full effect to bring this model to life. Other techniques are also clearly described with text and photos, including the use of Windex to achieve realistic chipping of the white paint on the barrel.
British FV221 Caernarvon
This odd looking Modern tank gets the same weathering treatment and is done over a desert tan base color which shows some weathering effects such as chipping and rust to full advantage. Again, all techniques and step by step process is clearly written in a way that even beginners should have no problem.
For me the lower hull and tracks weathering stands out the most and I find will be very useful when I build a model in this color scheme.
Russian T-72B MBT
This is another favorite subject for modern armor modelers, especially since Trumpeter has released new kits of this favorite tank. Although the Trumpeter kits are now available the model used here is the older Tamiya kit with an after market turret, but it still looks great.
The model is an overall Russian green color and the usual weathering is applied, the Rinaldi way. The eye candy with this model has to be the caked on dirt on the lower hull sides and the tracks. While reading the book I found myself continuously going back to that section and starring at the lower hull and dirt. This technique for caked on dirt is at the top of my list of things to try.
Russian APC MT-LB (Iraqi service)
The last model in the book was not done by the author, but instead by another top modeler, Andy Taylor. Here Andy does a fine job on an older kit by replacing inaccurate parts or missing parts by scratch building them. The build itself is remarkable and the painting and weathering just top it all off.
The weathering of the model is not overly done but is just right. It’s easy to get carried away when weathering a model that is in all desert tan color. Finishing touches applied to the model in the form of tarps with strings, plastic water container and blankets really add life to the model and make it lived in.
This third volume to the RSP line of books is ideal for the modern armor builder, or any period armor in that matter as the techniques used can be applied to any tank or armored vehicle.
All the text throughout the book is clearly understandable and with the color images it should be no problem for even beginners to understand and give the techniques a try. I should also say that if you aren’t familiar with most of the techniques or not confident, experiment on an old model first to get a feel for it. Mike does a great job explaining all the techniques.
Overall this is another fantastic book from Mike Rinaldi of RSP and if you have the first two books then be sure to get this third volume, you’ll love it.

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