I have loved these magazines since they first arrived. Great photography mixed with great builds. This issue is no exception and has feature articles on:
- Trumpeter 1/48 Wellington
- Revell 1/32 Red Arrows Hawk
- Hasegawa 1/32 Bf109 G-10 Conversion
- Trumpeter 1/24 Hawker Hurricane Mk. 1
- Photo Report on AMAC 35 model Show
- New Product Reviews
- Llama Models 1/48 FMA Pucara
As an example, the Wellington build is an example of what can be done with photoetch parts as Zbenek Sebesta use Eduard photoetch on the exterior, bomb bays, interior, cockpit, flaps and engines. He uses resin on the Quickboost exhausts, guns and flaps. Griffon parts are used on the wheels and flaps. Various parts were also used from Pavla, Tally-Ho and Rob Taurus. Details pictures show the assembly of these parts and he uses them seamlessly to enhance the detail all around. The final shots are breathtaking.
Another build is the BAe Hawk T-2 in 1/32nd scale which is built as one of the Red Arrows. In addition to the build, there is a 6 page photo essay on the plane and detail shots of it.
The new product reviews encompass everything from new kits to resin parts, photoetch, books and decals.
Lastly, there is a build of the 1/48 Pucara from Llama models in South America. This kit is rare by most standards but the build by Dave Oliver is superb going through the construction of the kit and use of photoetch and white metal parts. There are descriptions of replacing the missing detail from the castings to the use of the parts and cleaning them. In the end, the pictures look fantastic.
For devotees of basic builds or super detailed projects, Air Modeller never fails to deliver and Issue 42 follows that trend to a tee. Look for this in fine hobby stores and subscribe at the web site listed above.
My thanks to the fine people at Air Modeller for the review copy and to IPMS/.USA for the chance to post it for everyone to see.