18, September/October 2000
21, March/April 2001
S u m m a r y
||Soft cover; 9"x 12" format; full colour;
82 pages + covers
||39 French Francs in France; around
US$9.95 in USA each issue.
||Excellent and consistent standard of
modelling; lots of pages; 7 modelling features and 3 related reference
articles in each sample; very attractive photography and artwork; a
number of articles with good construction and detail photos.
||French language only for all text
and captions; probably won't be available on your local newsstand
Wing Masters is a French aircraft model magazine.
first impression of the magazine is its size. The large 9" x 12"
format is added to by the weight of 82 pages plus covers. The magazine is
presented in full colour on satin-textured paper.
The next obvious point is that all the articles and captions are presented
exclusively in French.
My samples took full advantage of the format and colour with a terrific
range of articles, profiles and reviews. The advertisements are
interesting too (I don't know about you, but I find many ads in model
magazines as interesting as the articles themselves).
The core of each sample magazines is seven detailed model construction
articles. These articles are generously supported by very attractive
colour profiles and many excellent photographs. The standard of modelling
is uncompromisingly high. Three articles in each magazine are further
enhanced with reference articles, with pictures and history of the subject
These articles are sandwiched between a few pages of book reviews at
the start of the magazine, and a more comprehensive kit and accessory
review section at the end. All reviews are accompanied by small but clear
To provide a feel for the focus of Wing Masters, here is a summary of
the contents in each magazine:
Masters No. 18
Masters No. 21
Mirage IIIC (incl. 7 profiles and extra artwork)
Air War Reference Article
de la Miniature photo coverage
Aleutians Reference Article
Bloch MB 174 A-3
in Arras Reference Article
2000 photo coverage
Wing Masters' excellent standard of modelling, related reference articles and
profiles, great photography and sensible layout put this magazine very high on
the list of modelling periodicals. The only problem for non-French speakers is
the presentation of text and captions in French only.
Although modellers' language is not quite universal, a lot of jargon is
fairly common so many will be able to pick up the gist of some text. Fortunately
a picture is worth a thousand words, and according to that axiom this
magazine tells a very detailed story!
Thanks to Aris Elbied from Wing Masters for the review samples
Wing Masters is
Histoire & Collections. 5, avenue de la Republique, 75541 Paris cedex 11
Phone: 01.40.21.18.20 Fax: 01.47.00.51.11
Masters Magazine is also available online at Squadron.com
Review Copyright © 2000 by Brett
This Page Created on 19 March, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003
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