Book preview: A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Making and Resin Casting For the Hobbyist

You may recall a short while back I highlighted Mark Buchler’s resin update set for Lindberg’s F11C-2 Goshawk. The set corrected several kit parts, and added several more detail parts.

Well, Mark has been quite a busy guy. He not only scratch-built those parts, and then cast resin copies, he also decided to write a book about it!

If you’ve ever considered getting into the world of making your own resin parts, but made the assumption that it was too hard, or required expensive or difficult to find tools- think again.

With this book, you’ll be able to start casting your own parts in no time at all. Step-by-step instructions guide you right through it, and Mark’s writing style is clear and simple. I even chuckled at his creative use of some simple tools- who would’ve thought Legos and rice would be useful tools in making your own parts?

The book does a great job of taking the mystery out of the process, and it opens up a whole new world for making sure you always have a well stocked spares box. The first thing I thought was “Now I’ll never have to want for a Spitfire throttle quadrant again!” Yes!

Some of the topics covered are:

  • How molds work
  • Making patterns
  • Working with resin
  • Working with split molds and more complex molds

Mark even has some information on vacuum forming to explain that process.

You can order the book online through Lulu.com for only US$12.04– a true bargain when you consider that you’ll be able to make your own resin parts when you’re done. Who knows-maybe you could even do like Mark and sell your work!

There is also an online preview of the first few pages of the book, so be sure and take a look at that.

I’d like to thank Mark for sending me a preview copy of the book- your support and prayers for this site and it’s ministry are greatly appreciated brother!

And don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last book you’ll see from ModelNerd’s ModelShack! 😀

One comment

  • I would like to add to what Jon has to say.

    I just received my copy of Mark’s book and I read it cover-to-cover! And I’m going to do it again and again!! It will go right at the front of my reference section.

    I have had others offer to cast parts for me but, after reading Mark’s book? I am going to give it try myself….. first. Then if that doesn’t work? I’ll try again!!

    If ANY of you have never cast your own parts or have been thinking about it, I highly recommend this book.

    Thanks Mark! Even this old rednecked high school drop out can understand what you’ve got to say!!

    Randie Coulter

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