The good: This is quite possibly the largest catalog—at two very lengthy volumes—of architectural models every produced and much of the work collected here is truly remarkable—breath-taking in some cases, even. This isn't a "how to make models" book for students: it's a survey the world's best current efforts at producing traditional 3-D architectural models. In a world where more and more architectural visualization is done totally on the computer, this is refreshing and very necessary. Overall, the quality of the paper and printing is high, if not as good as some of the monographs I have by Phaidon and other top-flight architecture book publishers. Some of the models and projects featured are just beyond—I mean, truly out of this world. Nearly all provide a very clear and comprehensive view of the structure they represent, which after all, is the main goal and purpose of a model.
The bad: These two volumes, each quite large, come in a particle-board case, which is cute I guess as it references model-making in itself, but the one I was sent was literally falling apart as only a thin bead of glue held it in place. I could have glued it back together but whatever: I'm not going to deal with it. The lesson here, for a book on models of all things, is that the worthless case should have been made of a sturdy cardboard and not involved glue at all, if possible. As-is, even if the case had held together, it was too heavy. Also, the diversity of projects/models showcased could have been better: a lot (even by different firms) are much alike. More text and commentary on the techniques used in making these models also would have been nice. That said, it's still a great resource for architects and is, overall, very well put together.