Air Modeller #29, April/May 2010
This publication is edited in the UK and is dedicated to airplane models, as the title implies. It is 65 pages and printed in full color. There are 65 pages in an issue, this one in particular having 6 pages devoted to product reviews and the remaining 59 dedicated to the 7 outstanding models featured in the issue. It is printed on high quality heavy weight paper with a glossy finish. The cover is on heavier bond paper and should hold up well with repeated viewing.
This issue features the following builds:
- 1/32 Spitfire PR.IX
- 1/48 Halifax B.Mk.II
- 1/48 Henschel Hs 126
- 1/72 Jaguar T.4
- 1/72 Short Sterling Mk.I
- 1/72 RF-4E
- 1/48 P-40 Mk.IA
All of the builds featured here are absolutely top notch. The modeling showcased in this magazine is among the best in the world. The photography and page layout are also superb. The emphasis of this magazine is certainly on the visual presentation which is unsurpassed. Unfortunately, the copy editing is as bad as the builds and photography are good. Given that the names of the contributors indicate that most of them speak English as a second language, it is understandable that the original copy would have some issues, but the magazine is edited in the UK and the copy is very poor considering that fact. It is as if there was no proof reading done at all. For example, one sentence reads “Now with all interior was finished I had is start painting them.” Bob Barker would be pleased as another builder “spayed” his Tamiya XF-59 and Gunze H310. Some articles suffer more than others, but silly copy editing mistakes can be found throughout. The magazine is otherwise very good. The copy issue can be forgiven to some extent as the general point of what is being said can still be understood and, once you read through it, it is the superb modeling and photography that will have you looking back again and again.
Many thanks to Air Modeller and IPMS USA for the review sample.