Model Art Issue 920 is typical of other Model Art magazines in that it is written entirely in Japanese, with occasional English words, usually in article titles or in captions. This issue deals specifically with the F-86 in Japanese service, painting the Streak Eagle version of the F-15, Orange Hobby’s F-35 kit and a comparison build of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL from Tamiya. Plus, there are lots of advertisements showing what is available and new, always useful for building up that wish list.
There are lots of good detail pictures of the F-86 in Japanese markings in the feature on that aircraft. And I’m sure the author of the Streak Eagle article went into depth on how he managed to mask and paint all the various shades of metallic paints on the F-15, but the photos are sufficient to get the point across. The F-35C article follows the build sequence of not only the airplane but also the deck tractor that is included in their kit. It looks to build into a very nice replica and the article enticed me to pick up one of the kits as soon as it became available. Finally, the comparison build of the MB 300SL resulted in two stunning replicas of the iconic luxury sports car. While one builder went with the easily recognized overall silver factory finish, the other did a gorgeous red metallic version. To repeat myself unnecessarily, stunning.
I find the Model Art magazines useful, even though I don’t read Japanese. The pictures of the built up models, articles showing the build process, painting features, and historical photography all provide useful information.
Model Art magazines are available from Dragon Models USA’s many retailers, on Amazon, and from various overseas retailers, such as Hobby Link Japan, Hobby Search 1999 Models, and Lucky Model.
Thanks to Model Art and to IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this magazine.