Aviation Modeling International, July 2023

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October 10, 2023
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Softbound, A4 (8.25" x 11.75"), 82 pages
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July 2023
Provided by: Phoenix Scale Publications - Website: Visit Site


Pages 6-7 The Newsstand. Here this publications previews new model kits and accessories. The paragraphs are short and are accompanied with color images of the subject matter.

Pages 8-10 Czech News. New releases from Airmastr and Planet Models/Special Hobby are featured with the primary focus on the latter's 1/72 and /48 scale kits of the HESA Shahid 136/Geran suicide drones. Color images included. AZ Model, Valom, Eduard and Kovozavody Prostejov (KP) offerings are also featured.

Pages 12-13 In The Box. The Infinity Models 1/32 Aichi D3A1 Val is featured with a two page spread including some images of the kit contents plus information on Infinity aftermarket accessories for the kit.

Pages 14-18 Accessories. The SBS 1/72 scale Piaggio P.XI engine (two engines) and ASK Distribution Scale Mask features several 1/72 and 1/32 scale masks. The next page has Red Fox 1/35 and 1/32 3D instrument panels for the Takom AH-64E Guardian, the 1/32 F-35C and the Eurofighter. The last page has Attitude Aviation 1/24 scale Spitfire Mk IXE wing conversion, and Special Hobby accessories includinng a 1/72 cockpit for the F/A-18F Hornet, 1/48 scale wheels for any B-25 kit, and finally a 1/48 scale Zetor 25 military tractor with tow bar for Mig-15 and -17 models.

Pages 20-21 Decals. Model Maker 1/72 and 1/48, Fantasy Printshop 1/72 (50 sets listed!) and Two Bobs 1/48 scale decals are featured. Foxbot decals in 1/144 and 1/48 scales are also featured.

Page 80 IPMS (UK). The editor offer his thoughts on the cost of being a member of IPMS/UK versus other hobbies and the cost of models and accessories.

Page 82 Coming Soon. This is an intro for the next issue. Good stuff on the way.

Page 82 Events Calendar. Forthcoming events in the UK are noted here.


Pages 24-33 Delta Ray. Jezz Coleman's build article for the Tamiya 1/48th scale F4D-1 Skyray is preceded by an historical article with several color images and color profiles of the A4D Skyray. The build article has several full color images of a very nice Skyray model.

Pages 34-39 Heavy Metal Thunder. Here James Elston builds and paints the 1/32nd scale F-84E Thunderjet. James also overcomes some problems with the kit decals with some realistic wear and tear on the Republic workhorse. This is a stunning build and well worth the cost of the magazine by itself.

Page2 42-45 Schreiner Airways DC-3. Rob van Dodewaard builds the Italeri 1/72 DC-3. Something different and nice for the commercial airline buffs.

Pages 48-51 Woka Woka. Gareth Owens performs his magic on the 1/48th scale Italeri Boeing HC.2 Chinook. This is another nicely done model.

Pages 52-57 Swedish Boom Fighter. Rene van der Hart has pushed the limits with his build of the 1/48 scale Pilot Replicas Saab J21 A-3. Adding rivets and a resin engine to top off this little beauty.

Pages 60-64 An Overlooked "tony". The navalized version of the popular Messerschmitt Bf-109 series is featured here. Floyd S. Werner builds the A & A Models Bf 109T in 1/48 scale. Floyd offers some historical background for the aircraft and goes on in his detail manner to offer insight into the build and painting of the model. This model required some additional effort to correct some shortcomings: images of the revisions would be helpful.

Pages 66-70 Midway Dive Bomber. The 1/32 scale Trumpeter SBD-3 Dauntless Midway version is built and painted by Stuart Barry. The painting and realistic weathering really show through in the images. Well worth seeing.

Pages 72-75 Samarai Zero. Ben Smith builds and paints the Eduard Mitsubishi Zero Type 22/22A and 32/32A limited edition dual combo in 1/48th scale.

Pages 76-78 Point Mugu-Airshow report. This is a brief report on the airshow along with color images of various aircraft.


Every build article is certainly a feature article, with fantastic full color images to display the builders' skills. Very impressive. Each builder offers information on the build and the paints used to create the finished models. Certainly recommended for the various subjects matter and content. Something here for most everyone.

My thanks to Phoenix Scale Publications and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this publication.


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