AIR Modeller magazine will be available online from Squadron.com
The publishers of AFV Modeller magazine have taken the plunge into the
aircraft world with their new magazine, AIR Modeller.
The focus of AIR Modeller is modelling military aircraft, and it will be published bimonthly commencing with
the this issue.
The format is similar to the very high quality AFV Modeller magazine, with
the 64 pages being printed on matt textured heavy paper in full colour.
There are no advertisements in this issue whatsoever, which is common with
the low/no advertisement policy in AFV Modeller. The flip side of this coin is
the cover price, which is not cheap at £6.00, but
we can take comfort in knowing that we have 64 pages of pure content.
Also notable by their absence are reviews.
By now we have covered what is not in the
magazine. So what is in the magazine? Modelling articles, from cover to
Five models are covered in Issue 1. The first is
by David Parker, the Editor of the magazine. David builds and details Hasegawa's
1/32 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6 using MDC's cockpit and riveting tool.
Considering David claims that he is not a regular aircraft modeller, he does a
stunning job with his debut Gustav. The workmanship and photo coverage of the
build is superb.
Next, Ricardo Rodriguez finishes Tamiya's 1/48
scale Corsair as an FAA machine with the gear partially retracted. Once again,
the standard of modelling and photography is excellent.
HyperScale regular Franck Oudin steps up to the
plate next with Accurate Minitaures' 1/48 scale B-25G Mitchell. In addition to
Franck's very good build article, the magazine also includes a historical piece
with contemporary photos, ten colour side profiles and detailed walkaround
phootos of the B-25. Indeed, 25 pages are devoted to the B-25 in this issue.
Zdenek Sebesta's 1/72 scale Spitfire and Albert
Tureczek's Academy CH-46 Sea Knight round out the first issue.
I enjoyed AIR Modeller's debut issue. The standard of modelling is consistently
high, the photography is excellent, and the layout is quite distinctive and very
I like the comprehensive approach to a single subject in this issue, with the
B-25 model article supported with history, profiles, contemporary photos and the
walkaround. I hope this approach continues in future issues.
The publisher states that their objective was to inspire, not intimidate.
There is certainly some inspiring work between the covers, and the construction
photos will help modellers emulate the work of the authors.
Thanks to AIR
Modeller magazine for the review sample
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