Welcome to Glenn Hoover's Model Build Instructions
Current List of Books
Next: USS Oliver Hazard Perry 1/350 Academy with Pontos Detail Set (est release date TBD)
Also scheduled - F2H-2 Banshee (1/48) Kitty Hawk
As most experienced modelers know, if you follow the model’s instruction verbatim, you risk damaging the model. For example, the instructions may call for adding a small, fragile antenna in the first or second step. The chance of you damaging the antenna as you assemble the rest of the model is assured.
My instructions take this into account. I reorder the steps to minimize handling damage. Another nice feature is that I incorporate any third party add-on components like Eduard’s photo etch into my instructions. I highlight the steps for the basic model verses those for the PE. The steps include graphics cut from the model’s instructions. I have built the model following these steps and included quality photos of the build. In the end, the modeler will have a near perfect model with all parts accounted for.
These books help you keep track of your progress. Many modelers have long breaks between bench times and with these books you’ll know where you left off. There’s a sprue index and a flow chart along with some extra stuff like a list of tools and where to buy them plus a list of paint and weathering products.
Granted that some modelers like the challenge of working across multiple instructions but if you spend a lot of money for the kit and any aftermarket items, these inexpensive books and your modeling skill will ensure you won't miss a step and have a great build.
The instructions are available in 3 formats:
Standard Binding (publisher = Amazon)
Spiral (or Coil) binding (publisher = Lulu) Note: Amazon does not support spiral binding so I went to Lulu
PDF Download ( managed by Shoptly)
NOTE: THE ACTUAL MODEL KIT IS SOLD SEPARATELY THROUGH YOUR FAVORITE STORE