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 November issue starts off with two quick articles. The first is a build article of the Zoukei-Mura SWS 1/48 Ta152H-1 and the second is on the Daco Products 1/48 F-104 Starfighter Improvement & Correction set.
The main article this month covers the design and development of the JGSDF Type 61 Tank. This article features five different 1/35 scale model kits including two different versions of the Type 61. The other three are a M4A3E8, M-46 and a T-34/85. These are used in the article to show the lineage to the Type 61. There is a multitude of color photos of these models throughout the article. Also included is a some technical drawings and a write up about Japans armor progression from the beginning of the JGSDF to modern times.
Following the main article are several small monthly reoccurring articles. Some of these articles are Union Fleet Organized Course, MA event report, Modeling JASDF and IJA/IJN Airplane Illustrated
The last couple articles are monthly features. The first is the New Kit Review. This months new kits are as follows. Tamiya 1/20 McLaren Ford MP4/8, Zvezda 1/72 RT-2PM2 "Sickle", Dragon 1/35 M6A1 Heavy Tank, Trumpeter 1/48 A-37A Dragonfly, Airfix 1/72 Hawker Hurricane Mk.1, Trumpeter 1/700 HMS Dreadnought 1907 and the Hobbyboss 1/35 T-35 Heavy Tank early.
The last article is the Neo Historic Garage. The car featured this month is the Fujimi 1/24 Mitsubishi FTO GPX
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.