MIKE ASHEY PRODUCTIONS
SCALE MODELING BOOKS
books are the most comprehensive and
definitive series on scale modeling ever produced.
In clear, concise text, enhanced by
hundreds of outstanding close up photographs, these books document my techniques,
secrets and methods for building scale models.
There are no drawings or diagrams in any of these books. Since scale
modeling is a visual hobby every technique presented is illustrated with
pictures. These books have been
described by scale modelers the world over as the fundamental reference material to
have at your finger tips whether you are a beginner or an expert.
Join the army
of scale modelers from around the world who have already discovered how to build better
models by building them the
Mike Ashey way!
Some of the books on this WEB site
were originally published as soft cover paper books, but they are now long out of print. I
have scanned, digitized and assembled them into electronic book media
and each chapter has been assembled into an Adobe PDF file.
You can view the chapters on line, download them and print a page, a
chapter or an entire book. In each of the paper books there is a gap in
the numbering sequence. The pages that are missing are those that were
color photos of finished scale models. Many of these finished models were
photographed again with a digital camera and you can find many of these finished
models in the gallery section of the web site.
MIKE'S FIRST ALL DIGITAL SCALE MODELING BOOK SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR COMPUTER VIEWING, DOWNLOADING AND PRINTING IS NOW AVAILABLE.
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You must have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to open a book chapter PDF file. Adobe Reader is a free computer software program and if your computer does not have it you can easily download the reader by accessing the Adobe WEB site. There is a link to ADOBE on the welcome page.
In Mike Ashey’s first book on aircraft modeling all the basic skills necessary to turn an out of the box kit into a masterpiece are presented in easy to read chapters and unprecedented close up photos. Topics include: detailing engines, cockpits and landing gear; cutting off and reattaching control surfaces, hatches and access panels; boring out and detailing guns; scratchbuilding seats and consoles; using after market cockpit instruments; interior scratchbuilding basics; painting; decal application; weathering; and attaching clear parts. All techniques presented use inexpensive tools. This book is an excellent reference tool for aircraft modelers of all skill levels.
In his second book on scale aircraft modeling Mike Ashey takes you beyond the basics, revealing all of his modeling secrets. For the first time ever a master modeler shows you, step by step, in sequenced close up photographs how to: scratchbuild cockpits, control panels, consoles, seats and frames and add wiring, switches, dials and gauges; scratchbuild interior parts using resin castings of interior areas; work with photoetch interior and exterior detail sets; work with white metal castings; work with resin cockpit, control surface and landing gear detail sets; and completely rescribe panel lines and surface detail. All tips and techniques presented use inexpensive tools.
Digital books are not
constrained by the number of pages, limits on the number of pictures,
whether pictures can be color or black and white or the limitations of a
publishers profit and loss analysis. Digital books give the author
complete control and freedom to assembly the book with as much information as needed
and include as many color pictures as the
This book is designed to view chapters on line while sitting at your work bench or you can download selected chapters or the entire book for printing so that you can use it as you would with any book. I recommend that you print the chapters and keep them in a three ring binder for reference.
This book covers recommended tools and equipment, construction techniques, building and detailing cockpits, detailing engines and landing gear, rigging Bi-planes, painting techniques, weathering and decaling.
Ashey’s 1st book on building and detailing scale model ships
was the first of its kind. Using basic skills and simple techniques, Mike
Ashey shows you how to turn an average ship model into a highly detailed
display piece. Topics
covered include: drilling out portholes; adding real chains; removing
molded on railings; scratchbuilding railings; using photoetch railings;
building up superstructure assemblies; scratchbuilding basics; detailing
radars, missiles, torpedoes and guns; resin
kits basics; painting; decal application; weathering; rigging and
making display bases. All
techniques presented use inexpensive tools.
Ashey's book on building
tanks, artillery and military vehicles shows you, step by step, in sequenced close up
photography how to: make flexible vinyl tracks look real; build up
individual track links; drill out gun barrels; detail road wheels with
inking pens; build up interiors; build tanks, self-propelled and towed
artillery and military vehicles; scratchbuild parts; work with brass
photoetch; work with white metal and brass castings; fix resin casting
flaws; build up resin kits and detail sets; apply
decals; and basic weather. The basics of model building and painting are
also extensively covered in a separate chapter.