Phoenix Scale Publications is a new publishing company in the world of scale models but the team is made up of several veterans of the business. They have released two modeling magazines, one on all types of models and this one which is just on the aviation side of builds. They also have released several aviation modeling books.
Do we need another scale modeling magazine about aircraft? The more the merrier I say but Phoenix has put together a quality product that covers a lot in its 82 high quality, glossy pages.
The first quarter of the book covers news and what’s new information starting with the Newsstand and the Czech News. In The Box looks at what comes in one kit in detail and then we have Accessories, Decals and Bookshelf. The end of the magazine has a section providing news from IPMS (UK).
In between these sections are a history bit called Combat File and 9 build articles covering aircraft in 72nd, 48th and 32nd scales in this issue. These are 3-6 pages long and have good size pictures, most showing in progress shots. They also vary between out of the box builds and builds using aftermarket details. The write ups are easy to follow and the pictures are very helpful.
Overall this looks like a quality product and worth adding to your library.
The magazines are available at several Barnes & Noble bookstores across the US and subscriptions are also available from the publisher. Phoenix Scale Publishers also offer the magazines in digital format which come with extra content and are 100 pages or longer.
Thanks to Phoenix Scale Publications and IPMS/USA for the review sample.