12, November/December 2000
S u m m a r y
||Soft cover; A4 format; full colour;
48 pages + covers
||Good mix of reviews and articles;
high quality colour reproduction; good standard of modelling; helpful
reference pictures; lots of thought out into layout.
||Some production quality problems in
my sample (see text); no construction photos; patchy grammar throughout.
Before pronouncing my opinion about this magazine, I should declare
two facts. Firstly, I am a contributing Editor to another magazine.
Secondly, I actually do subscribe to Aircraft Modeller
International. I think these two facts cancel each other out, permitting
an objective view of this colourful magazine.
Despite the growth of the Internet, the world will always need print
magazines. Model magazines have been an entertaining companion to me on
trains, planes and automobiles - not to mention the smallest room in the
Modeller International is an amalgamation of the earlier Quarter Scale
Modeller and 72 Scale Modeller magazines. It is produced in the United
Kingdom every two months. The review sample is Issue 12,
The magazine features a high quality, heavy glossy cover. The
printing quality is carried over into the remaining 48 pages, with full
colour on every page and a great deal of thought put into the style of
the magazine. My sample did have a problem on two pages. It seems that
black and at least one other colour failed to print. The result was that
all the text on pages 6 and 43 was missing!
Aircraft Modeller International Issue 12 opens with a short Editorial
followed by seven pages of reviews. The reviews are brief but
informative, and are usually accompanied by a small image. The remainder
of the magazine is packed with a selection of modelling articles. These
the Revell-Monogram F-15E with some
nice reference pictures to illustrate details of the real aircraft
a pictorial report on the Farnborough
2000 Air Show
the Cessna Bird Dog in 1/72
Hasegawa's 1/48 scale F-16
the AS 532 Cougar helicopter in 1/72
including reference photos
a four-page report on the Scottish
a CAG Skyraider and
a few book reviews.
Photo reproduction is very good and images are plentiful, although a
few suffer from a general indistinctiveness sometimes associated with
digital reproduction. It is also somewhat surprising that there was not
a single construction photo in this issue. However, the inclusion of
reference photos for a number of modelling articles was really helpful.
I find some the grammar in the magazine a little irritating. The text
sometimes suffers from overly-long or follow-on sentences that are not always
completely clear on first reading. To be fair, though, it might just be my
editorial subjective preferences coming through. Most readers will probably not
Aircraft Modeller International is a high quality magazine with plenty of
articles, well illustrated with model photos and reference pictures. If you have
not seen this magazine yet, it is well worth checking out.
Aircraft Modeller International is
Guildhall Leisure Services Limited, Ashfield House, Ashfield Road, Balby,
Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 8QD United Kingdom.
US Subscription Agent is Wise Owl
1926 S.Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 204
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Thanks to Ian Hartup for the review
Review Copyright © 2001 by Brett
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