Model Art Modeling Magazine, #900, September 2014
Model Art Magazine is a monthly magazine that covers aircraft, armor, ships and car modeling. Model Art started releasing magazines in 1966 and has evolved from there over the past forty eight years.
The September issue starts off with several small articles which include the IJA/N Airplane Illustrated and a build article on the Trumpeter 1/35 Soviet JS-7 Heavy Tank which includes a walk around on a actual vehicle in a museum and the history of Russian and American heavy tanks.
The main article this month features tools. What modeler doesn't like tools? The article consists of thirty three pages of pictures of tools and a brief description of what it does and price. The tools in the article range from colored pencils, files, trimmers, drills, solvents, lights, sandpaper, saws, tweezers and punches.
Following the main article are several small monthly reoccurring articles. Some of these articles are Union Fleet Organized Course, Modeling JASDF and a article on the F-16.
The last couple articles are monthly features. The first is the New Kit Review. This months new kits are as follows. The Zvezda 1/48 SU-2, Tamiya 1/12 Ducati 1199 Panigale S, Dragon 1/35 MBT-70/Kpz. 70, Pitroad 1/350 Akizuki JMSDF Destroyer and the ICM Do 215B-4. The last article is the Neo Historic Garage which this month features the Fujimi 1/24 1993 Honda Integra Type R.
The rest of the magazine consists of future releases of models and model products, book review and hobby shop ads.
Even though Model Art is mainly printed in Japanese, I still find it to be a very valuable resource. For those that are more technologically advanced there are apps that will translate Japanese to English. I use one of these and it really helps to understand the articles. I recommend Model Art to modelers as another publication that you can pull information from.
I would like to thank Model Art and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this magazine.