By John Lester - images & text © 2004
What You Get
This book collects the first three StarFleet Assembly Manuals, and includes an Appendix section with new material. Each of the sections include notes from "StarFleet" and reproductions of the original artwork that graced the first publications. The heart and soul of each book, however, are the detailed, extensively-illustrated, step-by-step guides to building select models:
Each section is clearly illustrated with annotated photographs of the models under construction. Diagrams and blueprints provide comprehensive painting information. The text walks you through every stage of building, from what tools will be necessary to final finishing.
As guides to building the specific kits depicted, these books were well worth the investment. Their true value, however, is the discussion and depiction of various modelling techniques in a clear, easily-understood manner. The advice given, the methods discussed - it's as applicable to building model cars as it is to Star Trek ships.
I first heard of these books in high school (early 80's). It took over twenty years, but I finally have a copy of them all. All I can say is this book was worth the wait.
I should also mention that a deluxe edition, signed by the author and including exclusive Klingon decals, is $19.95 USD (~$ 26.94 CAN/€ 16.23 EUR ) plus postage. Please see CultTVMan's Hobbyshop for details.
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This page copyright © 2004 Starship Modeler. First posted on 8 June 2004.