Model Art Modeling Magazine, #804, September 2010

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Pages: 160 (not including cover pages)
Company: Model Art - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Dragon Models USA - Website: Visit Site
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Publisher: Model Art Co., Ltd, 1-12-30, 1Chome, Kudankita Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0073 Japan

Thanks to Model Art and Dragon Models - USA for the review copy.

Model Art No. 804, September 2010 issue features new armor model kits, which take up the first 52 pages of this issue. The focus is on WW2 German armor on the Eastern front, and includes some Russian armor as well. Oddly, the Table of Contents is on page 10 after the feature on a Russian BT-7 tank build. After that, you get kit and diorama features on German Figures, Cyber-Hobby’s Tiger I in snow camouflage, Cyber Hobby’s Sd.Kfz.165 Hummel diorama, a Dragon Elefant with Zimmerit, Trumpeter’s German 21cm Morser 18 artillery piece, and lastly, Tamiya’s 3 ton 4X2 Cargo truck diorama.

After about 10 pages of ads, the usual sections follow: 1) Modeling JASDF 182 showing close-ups of a T-6G trainer; 2) a few pages of ads; 3) the two-pager IJA/N Airplane Illustrated feature on cockpit dials and new kit reviews. This issue you get reviews on: 1) HobbyBoss 1/48 USAF F-105G Thunderchief Wild Weasel; 2) Hasegawa 1/72 Ju188A/E in night bomber camouflage; 3) Fujimi 1/24 Toyota Prius (with steering wheel on the right, er, wrong side of the car); 4) a Japanese company 1/144 Kumamoto Castle built by feudal warlord Kiyomasa Kato; 5) Pitroad 1/700 JMSDF DDH-181 Hyuga – the new modern Japanese navy helicopter carrier followed by two pages of photos of the real thing and the Waterline No. 385 section on the DDH-181 also. Next up is the Garage feature, this time a 1/24 Hasegawa 1980’s Mitsubishi Galant – again, the steering wheel is on the right side. The rest of the magazine is the usual ads for new kits and the local event section.

As always, the format is close to 7x10 inches in size, and the printing and reproduction quality are excellent. Model Art text is entirely Japanese, and most feature photos are in color. This issue is recommended if you build WW2 Eastern Front armor, and want to keep up on new modeling releases from Japan.


  • Figure 1: Front Cover of Model Art No. 804, September 2010 showing the CyberHobby Tiger I Leningrad front model.
  • Figure 2: Kumamoto Castle model.
  • Figure 3: Fujimi 1/24 Toyota Prius.
  • Figure 4: HobbyBoss F-105G Thunderchief Wild Weasel.
  • Figure 5: Hasegawa 1/72 Ju188A/G.

Reviewer Bio

Luke R. Bucci, PhD

Luke built all kinds of models starting in the early '60s, but school, wife Naniece, and work (PhD Clinical Nutritionist) caused the usual absence from building. Picked up modeling to decompress from grad school, joined IPMSUSA in 1994 and focused on solely 1/700 warships (waterline!) and still do. I like to upgrade and kitbash the old kits and semi-accurize them, and even scratchbuild a few. Joined the Reviewer Corps to expand my horizon, especially the books nobody wants to review - have learned a lot that way. Shout out to Salt Lake and Reno IPMSUSA clubs - they're both fine, fun groups and better modelers than I, which is another way to learn. Other hobbies are: yes, dear; playing electric bass and playing with the canine kids.

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