Thought for the day... Thr Legacy Collection


Scott Gentry of The Plastic Posse Podcast reviews my latest modelling guide...

Did Spencer accomplish his goal of a fitting tribute to his friend? Certainly, and in spades. But this book is also SO much more.

Since the release of my latest book The Legacy, a number of readers have taken the time to offer their thoughts on it, some even going as far as reviewing it for their own websites. One of those reviews came in a few days ago from Scott Gentry, one of the driving forces behined the Plastic Posse Podcast that I am sure many of you will have taken time to listen to!

The reason for publishing Scott’s review here is that I feel it captures my approach to both the models that I built and the book that I worte about them, in a way that I haven’t been able to do. It’s unsolicited and as such, is a true reflection of his thoughts on this project and therefore is worth sharing with you on this page. I hope you enjoy reading the review and I take this opportunity to thank Scott for the time that he took to write it.

Here is the review in full:

“I wanted to review a book that I purchased recently from Spencer Pollard called, “The Legacy Part One.” This review is completely my idea, I was not asked by Spencer nor anyone else to do it.

My review? This book, simply put, is terrific.

My copy sits all alone on my coffee table and it will reside there for a long time to come. Quality is top notch, layout and content are large and colorful, and the writing is thoughtful and enjoyable. The paper used and the soft cover are smooth and feature a soft, durable satin finish. The photographs are sharp, bright, and large. The text and captions move between technical explanations, personal memories, influences, and inspirations. The steps of each project are laid out clearly and they would be easy to follow for modelers of differing levels of experience.

Most modelers purchase books that fall into one of three categories; 1) Photo reference books, 2) Historical Photo Essays / Histories, and 3) Modeling Technique How-To books. Whilst this book has bits of each of these, Legacy Part One is NOT one of these books. Reading this book, and experiencing this modeling journey through the authors’ eyes took me back to my own formative years in the hobby.

The writing style was personable and revealing, and it was charming to see where Spencer allowed each of these projects to challenge him in different ways. Each of the models in this book are unique and different from the others. The book was worth having just to see what Spencer was able to do with the venerable 1970’s Tamiya kits – especially the Panther.Primarily, this book reminded me that this hobby can be so much fun when you are excited and inspired.

Spencer started his Legacy builds as an homage to Francois Verlinden. When he was a guest on the PPP, we spoke at length about his relationship with Francois, and it was apparent that he had been a major influence on a young Mr. Pollard (you can listen to that interview here).

Did Spencer accomplish his goal of a fitting tribute to his friend? Certainly, and in spades. But this book is also SO much more.

Bring on Part 2!”

Further Information

As for the book, though it is currently sold out, I am now planning a reprint that will allow those that missed out the chance to grab a copy. An update will follow this one with further details. In the meantime here is the original post that reveals details of the book and how you can buy one for your collection. If you would like one of the new copies, please get in touch!

Legacy Book Link:


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Thanks a lot – I look forward to hearing from you!

I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!

2 comments on “THE LEGACY: IN REVIEW

  1. B@kunin

    I certainly echo Scott’s words, it’s a thoughtful and thought provoking book, well worth getting hold of. One minor thing I didn’t like – the cover stock could have been a little heavier, it tends to curl a bit but that’s a minor blemish on the face of such a beauty!
    Yeah, roll on part 2!


  2. Chris Hughes

    The Tamiya Panther was the very first of their kits that I bought and built back in 1972! This was closely followed by the Panzer II.
    The book has been a real trip down memory lane, and I subsequently bought the Panther, SdKfz 251 and Pak 36 to see if I can emulate Spencer’s work.
    I shall also dig out my 88mm Flak gun that I purchased in – wait for it – Hong Kong back in 1974!!!
    I can’t wait to get started!


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