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Scale Modeling Essentials: Italeri 1/35 scale Staghound Mk.III

Associate Editor Mark Hembree reveals some of his techniques for researching hard-to-find military hardware.

By Mark Hembree
Published: January 27, 2012

Few model kits provide an instruction sheet in narrative style, with parts labeled by name and advice on how to assemble the pieces. You may get exquisitely executed exploded-view mechanical drawings and nothing but Chinese text. Or, you may have more basically schematic, step-by-step drawings. Some kit illustrations — such as those with my 1/35 scale Italeri Staghound Mk.III — may mimic photographs.

In those cases where the text or drawings — or both — are unclear, the next best thing is to have photos of the subject for reference. I find them invaluable in determining just how that part of the model  really  should go together. The photos don’t have to be the greatest — just so they show the part of the subject I need to see. That’s why I gather as many pictures as I can — even when they seem to be taken from the same view or the same angle. That’s because you never know for sure which will be the one with that critical detail that only the right photo can reveal.

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