Video Workbench Classic Series

Basic Modeling

(20 Minute Run Time)

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Do you think miniature replicas of cars and planes are the bee’s knees? Looking for a new indoor hobby? Love building things? This basic instructional modeling video from Video Workbench is for you! Geared toward the ultimate beginner to model kit projects, this video covers all you need to know about getting into the world of modeling. Find out how to choose a proper building place, common tools you need to assemble a kit, and other essential modeling tips, tools, and techniques. Happy modeling!

 

Here's what you'll learn in Basic Modeling:

Choose and prepare a place to build, How to read kit instructions, Washing the parts, How to locate parts, How to build in subassemblies, Remove parts from the trees, Trim flash and mold lines, Remove chrome from parts, Dry-fit parts, Types of cements available and much more!

 

About Instructor, Chuck Davenport:

Charles Davenport is a former Air Force navigator who made extensive use of models and photography during his military career. He's used his model photos for intelligence briefings and often fooled experienced aviation officers. His model photographs have appeared in the Journal of the International Plastic Modeler's Society.

 

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How to Build Car Models

(34 Minute Run Time)

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Creating beautifully realistic car models has never been easier, thanks to the instruction of award-winning modeler Pat Covert in this brief instructional modeling video! Begin by reviewing the needed supplies, get tips on planning the build, and then move on to assembly. Learn about alignment, detailing engines, and more. Finally, get tips for painting, polishing, and weathering model cars. Try out this video and ensure the next model car kit you build will have a professional finish!

 

Here's what you'll learn in How to Build Car Models:

How to make, Shape and sculpt custom auto bodies, Removing chrome, Engine details: distributors, Plug wires, Wire looms, Fan belts, Exhaust systems, Interior details & Seat upholstery, Cements for plastic and clear parts, How to build a magnetic jig for exact wheel and auto frame alignment, Body painting: preparation, Priming, Spray techniques and curing, Polishing to perfection and much more!

 

About Instructor, Pat Covert:

Pat Covert is recognized as one of the world's foremost car model experts. He wrote the Tips and Techniques column for "Scale Auto Enthusiast" and the Autofile column for the "Journal of the International Plastic Modeler's Society". He's won dozens of awards, including Best Auto National Champion at the 1991 IPMS Nationals.

 

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How to Build Jet Aircraft

(60 Minute Run Time)

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Building model aircraft requires time, patience, and attention to detail. In this instructional video perfect for aviation model enthusiasts, learn how to assemble a model airplane cockpit and canopy, and ensure you have the tools on hand to get it done right. Then learn how to paint fine touch details and airbrush contoured surfaces. Finally learn to apply decals, washes, and weathering effects. By the end of this video you will understand how to build and paint realistic looking aircraft models!

 

Here's what you'll learn in How to Build Jet Aircraft:

Tools and supplies you'll need,Cockpit details, Istrument panel painting and detailing, Realistic seats, Heads-up display, Canopy polishing, Canopy frame painting and detailing, Sanding, Filling seams and buffing, Scribing panel lines, hatches, and rivets, Masking tips and secrets, Airbrushing tips and shortcuts and much more!

 

About Instructor, Chris Wilson:

Chris Wilson is a professional prototype model builder who's won dozens of First Place regional, state and national IPMS modeling contests. The MiG-29 in this video has won more than 8 awards, including First Place: Out-of-the-Box Jets. His kits have been on display in Los Angeles hobby shops.

4:3 Aspect Ratio | 1992 Original
1080p | 2011 Version

 

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How to Build & Paint Figures

(55 Minute Run Time)

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Learn how to create stunningly lifelike figure models with the help of acclaimed figure modeler Kevin Golden, who brings medieval warrior-king Macbeth to life using expert model painting techniques. Follow along to build model figures, create realistic groundwork, and paint incredibly lifelike eyes and skin tones. Plus, learn enamel, acrylic, and oil painting techniques to use on plastic and resin figures. The techniques covered in this instructional video will enhance any human figure model kit or diorama.

 

Here's what you'll learn in How to Build & Paint Figures:

How to choose references and tools, Prepare metal parts for painting, Model putties for metal figures, Make a base for your figure, Mix, sculpt and paint groundwork, Assembly and alterations, Work with metal, plastic and resin, Paint with oils, acrylics and watercolors and much more!

 

About Instructor, Kevin Golden:
Kevin Golden has been a multiple award-winning figure painter and diorama builder for more than a decade. He wrote the "Go Figure" column in the "Journal of the International Plastic Modeler's Society". His most well known award: A Bronze Medal in the World Model Soldier Expo for a scratch-built figure.

 

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How to Build Science Fiction Models

(48 Minute Run Time)

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Science fiction models and miniatures are a different game than historical replicas. In this instructional video from Video Workbench, learn techniques to make sci-fi scale models look like movie miniatures! Using popular science fiction model kits, such as ERTL's "Star Trek: The Next Generation" USS Enterprise, "Star Wars" X-Wing, B-Wing and TIE Fighter, and Monogram's "SeaQuest" submarine, Video Workbench demonstrates professional techniques to expertly assemble, paint, detail, and display sci-fi models.

 

Here's what you'll learn in How to Build Science Fiction Models:

Cheat seams with strip styrene, Rebuild and scribe panel lines, Mask with tapes & liquid mask, Panel highlights: "Star Wars" B-Wing, Frisket masking for intricate designs: Romulan Warbird feathers, Enterprise painting tips and details, Use decals to simulate paint and windows, Exact colors for the DS-9 Space Station, How to use oil paints for shading and much more! 

 

About Instructor, Chris Wilson:

Chris Wilson is a professional prototype model builder who's won dozens of First Place regional, state and national IPMS modeling contests. The MiG-29 in this video has won more than 8 awards, including First Place: Out-of-the-Box Jets. His kits have been on display in Los Angeles hobby shops.

 

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How to Build WWII Aircraft

(60 Minute Run Time)

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Building a WWII aircraft model takes time, but the finished product is worth it! Learn how to assemble, detail, paint, and finish a World War II Mosquito Merlin aircraft model. This instructional video from Video Workbench demonstrates a variety of specialized techniques to create a realistic, historically accurate WWII model, including engine detailing, finishing aluminum panels on the A6M5 Zero, and adding photo-etched and resin detail on a Bf-109G cockpit. BONUS: Learn how to build a DIY vac-form machine!

 

Here's what you'll learn in How to Build WWII Aircraft:

Aluminum and natural metal finishes, Detailing with Bare-Metal foil, Propellor detailing, Detailing instrument panels, Cockpit detailing with Waldron and Cooper detail sets, Creating realistic wheel tread patterns, Compressing and detailing landing gear struts, Engine detailing with wire, solder and pastels, Cleaning parts and accurizing your kit and much more!

 

About Instructor, Charles Davenport:

Charles Davenport is a former Air Force KC-135 navigator, and has modeled for more than thirty years. He's won multiple awards during IPMS Nationals contests, including First Place: Science Fiction, First Place: Prop-Driven Aircraft, First Place: Large Prop, and Best Small Air Force Subject Award.

 

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How to Photograph Scale Models

(45 Minute Run Time)

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Learn how to take photos of scale models that look like the real thing—it’s easier than you think! In this instructional video from Video Workbench, learn scale model photography techniques using a simple 35mm camera. These essential in-camera techniques require no darkroom or special processing. Even if you’re new to photography, this video clearly explains how to use f-stops, shutter speeds, light meters, filters, and more! This video prepares viewers to shoot realistic-looking photos of model kits.

 

Here's what you'll learn in How to Photograph Scale Models:

Understanding depth of field, Light using the sun, Aircraft in-flight photos, Bracket exposures for best results, Shoot for perspective: model to background, Forced perspective using different scales, Create backdrops for in-flight photos, Simulated foreground with real backgrounds and much more!

 

About Instructor, Charles Davenport:
Charles Davenport is a former Air Force navigator who made extensive use of models and photography during his military career. He's used his model photos for intelligence briefings and often fooled experienced aviation officers. His model photographs have appeared in the Journal of the International Plastic Modeler's Society.

 

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Model Finishes & Painting Techniques

(53 Minute Run Time)

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Apply a master craftsman touch to all of your models! This instructional video from the model building experts at Video Workbench makes creating attractive, attention-grabbing model finishes easier than ever. Learn a variety of airbrushing and painting techniques for scale model cars, aircraft, and armor models. As a special bonus, this course includes complete airbrush instructions, from choosing an airbrush and compressor to mixing and applying paint.

 

Here's what you'll learn in Model Finishes & Painting Techniques:

Complete airbrush instructions for beginners and advanced modelers, How to use and mix acrylics, enamels and lacquer paints, Surface preparation, Complete masking instructions, High gloss finishes for cars and motorcycles, Natural metal finishes for aircraft, Camouflage finishes for aircraft, Armor finishes and much more!

 

About Instructor, Charles Davenport:
Charles Davenport is a former Air Force navigator who made extensive use of models and photography during his military career. He's used his model photos for intelligence briefings and often fooled experienced aviation officers. His model photographs have appeared in the Journal of the International Plastic Modeler's Society.

4:3 Aspect Ratio | 1993 Original
1080p | 2011 Version

 

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