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Wing Masters Magazine

 

Issue 18, September/October 2000 

and

Issue 21, March/April 2001

 

published by

Histoire & Collections

 

 

S u m m a r y

Media: Soft cover; 9"x 12" format; full colour; 82 pages + covers
Price: 39 French Francs in France; around US$9.95 in USA each issue.
Review Type: First Read
Advantages: 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.
Disadvantages: French language only for all text and captions; probably won't be available on your local newsstand
Recommendation: Recommended 

 

Reviewed by Brett Green 

 

FirstLook

 

Wing Masters is a French aircraft model magazine. 

The 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 aircraft type.

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 images.

To provide a feel for the focus of Wing Masters, here is a summary of the contents in each magazine:

 

Wing Masters No. 18 Wing Masters No. 21
1/48 Mirage IIIC (incl. 7 profiles and extra artwork) 1/48 Airacobra
Mirage Reference Article Pacific Air War Reference Article
Mondial de la Miniature photo coverage 1/72 Raptor
The Aleutians Reference Article 1/72 Corsair
1/72 P-40E 1/72 He 177
1/48 Hansa Brandenburg 1/48 Shidenkai
1/72 Curtis H-75A Suez Reference Article
Dieppe Reference Article 1/48 F4U-7 Corsair
1/48 Hurricane IIC Caudron Reference Article
1/72 Bearcat 1/48 Caudron
1/48 Bloch MB 174 A-3  
Bloch in Arras Reference Article  
AMT 2000 photo coverage  

 

 

Conclusion

 

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!

Recommended.

Thanks to Aris Elbied from Wing Masters for the review samples


Wing Masters is available through 
Histoire & Collections. 5, avenue de la Republique, 75541 Paris cedex 11
Phone: 01.40.21.18.20    Fax: 01.47.00.51.11

 Wing Masters Magazine is also available online at Squadron.com 


Review Copyright 2000 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 19 March, 2001
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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