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TankArt 1 WWII German Armor
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:33 AM UTC
We provide an overview of a new book to hit the market, TankArt 1: WWII German Armor from Rinaldi Studio Press.

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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:43 AM UTC
thanks,ordered it saturday,looks good
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:47 AM UTC
Ordered it earlier today. Definitely looking forward to this.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 05:44 AM UTC
Thank you James, really appreciate the nice review.

I am making a lot of tweaks for Vol. 2, including new text writing software and proofing procedures to better catch some of the spelling errors. That was my fault.

Everyone's support has been amazing, really humbling and motivating moving forward!

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Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 06:21 AM UTC
of all the currently proposed offerings in this series this one holds the most appeal for me with modern armour coming in second. the cost of the book is reasonable with postage from the US to UK being the only area of concern I have and I would seek an alternative supplier and there is a European outlet selling this product at a very reasonable price.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 09:22 AM UTC
Hi guys,

Just in case it was missed in an earlier discussion or over in a different thread, as there are couple going on... in the lower left corner on our homepage, it says RSP DEALERS, click that link and you will find all of our current stockists and vendors that are carrying our book(s), or will very soon as their orders arrive shortly. I even include a direct link to the book in their shopping system if one is provided on their site so you don't have to search for it.

We have most regions of the globe covered and are adding new dealers on a regular basis.

I want to give everyone the most options to purchase it, and keep costs reasonable for all who are interested, whether purchased direct from our site or in a local region.

Best,

Mike
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 12:40 PM UTC
Mike, the errors in the text were minor and hardly noticeable, especially on a project of this size. I felt obligated to put something in the "lows" though.

I see in vol. 2 that you changed things up a bit with the captions for the photos...looks like a very good improvement on an already excellent layout.

As for me, I'll be collecting the entire series. Let us know when #2 goes on presale.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 01:54 PM UTC
Thanks James!

Yah, with each new release I want to improve on certain areas and create clearer presentations to better explain the processes. Some get pretty involved as the discussion deepens and then build upon the volumes so it becomes a true collective over time.

The first three volumes will set the tone and foundations, and then in Vol. 4 WWII German, which will be the first volume to cover the same subject again, I'll dive a bit deeper and go more advanced and more implicit in certain areas while covering the many other schemes available, so it compliments Vol. 1 and becomes a set, and then a larger set as the next German one is produced. Same for the Allied and Modern volumes.

I'm super excited by the response to date, the first reviews are very informative and positive, and I feel I've got a good base in place for the next products coming. TANKART is just the beginning...

Best,

Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 02:50 AM UTC
I received my copy of TankArt yesterday and I think that Mike did a fantastic job on and or with the book! First class act!
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 02:54 AM UTC
My only critique with the book is the white circle outlines on every image; it would be nice to see a few images of his work without them. I also think that it's one of tge priced books on the market. Kudos to Mike for a job well done.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 06:41 AM UTC
The short version (I'll get more verbose later) is that it is an exceptional book and a great value. My only negative is that his local post office blows, it sat there for a week before they finally shipped it to the East Coast. Not his fault, but something to be aware of if you're wondering why it hasn't made it to you yet.

The one thing that I will say is I hope that these books build off each other instead of presenting the same general information again and again. I would dearly love a series that focuses on needing volume 1 to get the full use of volume 2 and so on in the series so that by volume 3/4 we were in really advanced or specific territory so we could really wring Mr. Rinaldi's mind dry. . .

Matt
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 07:27 AM UTC
Thanks guys,

Yah, I think we had some terrible timing on the USPS side of things. We went in-stock the day after the big changes, and from my previous shipping experience which is fairly extensive with USPS for the last 8 years to what I'm seeing in the last 3 weeks is the only thing that makes any sense.

We are not getting kickbacks or damages, or customs issues of any kind and there is approx. 10-20% of orders lingering for unknown reasons. I'm not sure it is a Media Mail issue for US orders, but International is tough because no one gives us a straight answer. We call almost daily to inquire on some of them, but man...

We did have a word with the local PO as well, that issue has since been solved and we have a specific daily USPS pickup for our orders M-F from the fulfillment house now. It has been a lot better since. I think we were just new and had overwhelmed them in that regional office.

As to the writing. Well, it's a lengthy answer and something I gave considerable thought too. The first three volumes because of the subject breakdown will cover some duplicate material out of necessity. There are simply buyers of Allied that will never touch a German book, and same with Modern. So stuff like HS Technique will get covered more than once. With that said it most certainly will not be a cut and paste operation. I am writing new text for every new book, every chapter. I want no stone unturned and making a focused effort to cover as much new territory as possible with each new title.

But whereas HS was explored with German, I will also explore it with Allied and Modern to an extent, but cover new ground and build upon the earlier discussion so those of you buying the series will get a massive amount of information, with little duplication, more reinforcements than anything. Plus the conversations I have now moving forward help to shape the writing as I go. The more feedback I get the better they will be. That's my goal anyway.

Of course, some steps are repetitive and we see this in all model publishing, but I am trying to create new ways to present ideas, concepts, thoughts and tips and all of that throughout.

But what I am doing is adding new technique chapters moving forward too, so Allied and Modern have specific chapters for them as well. Such Olive Drab Painting chapter in Vol. 2 I just finished. I really do think you guys will be happy and well covered in almost all areas.

The first three books set the foundation. Then with Vol. 4. I'll ramp it up considerably through to Vol. 8. There is reason I am doing this as an encyclopedic series vs. one massive tome. You will indeed wring every drop of info I have... wax on, wax off...

Best,

Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 10:44 AM UTC
OK, I can live with all of that. And i will certainly continue buying the volumes! The one thing that I would pleadingly request is that in one of the volumes (second German one, maybe) is to cover how to add visual richness to a tank right off the factory floor. I have grown so dependent on dust and pigments and rusted mufflers and a slight chipping that guidance on how to pull this off with minimal dust, no rust, no chips, etc is an area I am ever so weak on.

Matt
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 06:59 PM UTC
Thank you Matt, I don't think I can fit that into Vol. 4 since it's basically blocked in already, but perhaps I can discuss it as a technique chapter at that point to describe weathering factory fresh subjects.

Vol. 7 WWII German still has room and will give it consideration as a full model chapter, or something along those lines for sure. It'd be a prime candidate for OPR as the basis of the finish and certainly makes me think about it already.

Best,

Mike
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 09:13 PM UTC
Got mine yesterday, absolutely stunning book, so easy to follow, brilliant layout, can't wait for the next one's
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 09:20 PM UTC

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of all the currently proposed offerings in this series this one holds the most appeal for me with modern armour coming in second. the cost of the book is reasonable with postage from the US to UK being the only area of concern I have and I would seek an alternative supplier and there is a European outlet selling this product at a very reasonable price.



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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 03:16 AM UTC
I just received this and I've flipped through the book a few times. First impression are beyond what I was expecting, even after reading the reviews and feedback here.

Will be reading through the book later tonight, but I've already decided to buy the rest of the series.

Excellent work, Michael!
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Posted: Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 06:55 AM UTC

Quoted Text

I just received this and I've flipped through the book a few times. First impression are beyond what I was expecting, even after reading the reviews and feedback here.

Will be reading through the book later tonight, but I've already decided to buy the rest of the series.

Excellent work, Michael!



Thanks so much, I really appreciate the comments. Work on Vol. 2 WWII Allied Armor is going very well and I'm looking forward to sharing it with you guys soon.

On our Facebook link below, please check out some other new reviews that have been published online. The feedback has been tremendous, and most encouraging for a new company like ours.

Best,

Mike
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