This must be Model Art’s 50th Anniversary – at least, that is how I interpret the little 50th logo on the front cover. As usual, Model Art No. 750 June 2008 is in almost 100% Japanese language. The format is close to 7x10 inches in size, and as usual, the printing and reproduction quality is excellent. Most of the articles and reviews (but not the featurettes or ads) are mostly in color.
The June 2008 issue cover shows the major feature of this month – Questions & Answers for Building Model Aircraft. Pages 7-43 have separate articles detailing different areas of building, detailing, airbrushing and photographing model aircraft, using Hasegawa’s 1/48 Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate (Frank), Hasegawa’s 1/72 Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker (also the cover art subject), Tamiya’s 1/48 Me262, Trumpeter’s 1/24 Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk. II, and Trumpeter’s 1/32 Grumman F4f-3 Wildcat kits. The text is Japanese, but the numerous pictures get the points across and offer many tips for enhancing aircraft models (see Figure 2). After a few pages of ads, the featurettes begin. Waveline’s 1/700 Oliver Hazard Perry-class Taiwanese frigate 1099, another ten pages of ads, and modeling Japanese Air Self Defense aircraft precede more ad pages and then the new kit reviews. New kits reviewed are: 1) Academy’s 1/72 F/A-18C Hornet; 2) Hobby’s 1/72 CH-37B Mojave Assualt Transport helicopter; 3) MiniArt’s 1/35 SU-76m Self-Propelled Gun; 4) Hasegawa’s 1/24 1957 Ferrari Testarossa race car; and 5) Revell’s 1/350 Bismarck battleship. Next up is Garage 43+, with a comparison of Hasegawa and Tamiya kits of the Japanese Kurogane Type 95 Light Vehicle in military and civilian roadster versions, and K&R’s 1/43 Mexico 1978 Ford Escort racer. Eighteen pages of small-size new kit and product announcements precede many pages of ads and news (as usual).
Mostly aircraft and autos this issue. The section on building aircraft is helpful for beginners or anyone wishing to try new techniques to produce show-quality models. Recommended if you want to keep up to date with new trends coming from Japan, and need help building aircraft.