Written by Lebanese master scale modeller Karim Bibi, this 167-page digital book takes you through building the impressive Wingnut Wings 1/32 scale AEG G.IV Late kit. Karim demonstrates his advanced, easy to follow building, painting, decaling, and weathering techniques used to produce this stunning model.
The book also includes a 29-page tutorial on painting wood-grain effects on propellers, and a handy 12-page tutorial on the rigging techniques used on the model. In addition, there’s a 12-page walk around of the Mercedes D.IVa engine used on the AEG G.IV, and a bonus chapter featuring some period documentation on the engine.
Though some modellers tend to inaccurately categorize certain books, or guides as
irrelevant due to their specialized interests in scale modelling, let me start with the crucial fact that this book will undoubtingly satisfy the needs of scale modellers irrelevant of their preferred subjects in this vast hobby.
The book contains 167 pages covering Karim Bibi’s build of his Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV late build relating to his thread on the Large Scale Planes (LSP) forums. The book commences with a brief about this book section, alongside a special dedication from the author himself. Following pages provide a brief history relating to the last surviving planes, as well as a detailed recap of the kit’s content and the author’s about section.
Building The Model:
The majority of the book takes you through the building, painting, and weathering process with 4 subcategories including the cockpit, fuselage, engines, and finally the propellers for the kit.
It is an asserted fact that Karim Bibi’s book is not only targeted towards expert WW1 aviation fans but scale modellers as a whole! This evidence can be easily perceived throughout the book by the author’s clear approach in covering every step required, starting with priming, to using worn effects to simulating the heavily abused wooden flooring of the cockpit.
This crystal approach encourages armor modellers, such as myself, to further flex their wings and delve into this wonderful word of vintage aviation through the use of paints and weathering products familiar to “trackheads”, referenced and covered by the author in the book.
The first build section progresses into the preparation of the various, distributed cockpit components, such as incremental steps in enhancing both the pilot’s, as well as the commander’s seat. Further steps cover the instrument panel, cockpit interior walls, fuel tanks, the gunner’s machine gun with all the vital relevant, detailed painting and weathering steps using oils and filters.
The second build segment involves the diverse, main fuselage preparation steps, while demonstrating Karim’s unique way in tackling the decals for his build. His adopted style proposes the use of custom made masks, used for the markings and the eye catching shark mouth, by conveniently employing aftermarket decals and an electronic cutting machine.
The third portion of the build chapter sheds light on the numerous, intricate bits and pieces constituting the main Mercedes D.IVa engine. It’s obvious that Karim spared no effort, and expense, in furthermore enhancing the kit’s engines through the use of aftermarket resin parts, in addition to wiring the engine components.
In the same fashion, Karim’s professional scale modelling skills extends to what I believe to be a highly crucial, and beneficial guide in addressing the most striking part in any WW1 aviation kit, the wooden propellers. The author provides not only 1, but a total of 4 different techniques for achieving a realistic wooden effect as can be seen on all WW1 airplanes. These different techniques cover the various use of oils, acrylics, as well as colored pencils with outstanding, proved results to be practiced by armor modellers in achieving realistic wood effects.
The remainder of the final chapter specifies the finer technicalities in painting and finishing the bombs and payload, while tending to the final construction of the kit’s various components.
Finally, anxiety concerning WW1 aviation rigging can be finally disposed of thanks to the author’s extensive rigging tutorial including all the necessary tools, materials, approach and implementation techniques at the end of the build chapter.
This brief 12-page section provides information, as well as specifications for the Mercedes D.IVa engine installed on the AEG G.IV. A full, in depth walkaround picture gallery is provided by the author, at the Brussels Royal Army Museum.
This bonus chapter features historical material covering the AEG G.IV’s engines, that have never been published before. It is to be noted that these are photocopies of the original source material, further enriching readers, and modellers about this unique aviation WW1 engine.
The final pages provide the reader with an extensive image gallery of the final build covered throughout Karim Bibi’s intricate quest in covering what is to be considered a highly detailed, inclusive build of the iconic WW1 AEG G.IV Late plane.
In conclusion, Karim Bibi’s Wingnut Wings AEG G.IV late Build Guide provides a thorough, easy step by step build for achieving a fabulous finished model kit, through the various detailed steps.
A highly recommended guide for scale modellers alike, irrelevant of skill and interest.
+ Highly detailed book
+ Easy to follow steps
+ Outstanding tutorials
+ Appealing to all scale modellers
+ Walkaround pictures
+ Historical References
You can order Karim Bibi’s online guide through the official KLP Publishing’s website, for only $15 AUD HERE.
A special thank you to Karim Bibi, Kevin Futter, and KLP Publishing for this amazing book.