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Issue 1
Aug/Sept 2005



S u m m a r y

Publisher and Details: AIR Modeller magazine, Issue 1, August/September 2005
ISSN: 1747-177X
Media and Contents: Soft cover, 64 pages
Price: Subscription available online from AIR Modeller website:
36.00 for six issues to the UK
48.28 for six issues to Europe and the rest of the world
Review Type: FirstRead
Advantages: Very high standard of modelling; excellent photography; nice reference and artwork tie-ins; very attractive layout; high quality look and feel.
Recommendation: Recommended


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 cover.

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 attractive.

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

More information about AIR Modeller magazine may be found on their website

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Last updated 07 September, 2005

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