Scale Aircraft Modelling's July 2015 issue focuses on some of the classic British era with everything from new kits, scratchbuilds and older kits.
The articles start with a test shot build of Revell's 1/72 C-54/DC-4 by Andy McCabe. The over 300 parts are assembled into a gorgeous military transport and the kits looks to be a must have.
Rick Greenwood builds Kinetic's 1/48 AMX kit and reports the overall fit of the kit is good but he did sand down the slightly pronounced rivets on the rear of the plane. He also reported a slight color issue with some of the decals but the result is very good.
Valom's 1/72 Bristol Bombay Mk. I is built by Ernie Lee. This is a mixed media kit with limited run plastic, resin engines and photoetch frets. The finished kit is nice and I love seeing an unusual build.
Tony Grand scratch builds a 1/72 Fairey Delta III. Mr. Grand shows how the fuselage was formed with a side profile and cross sections. Balsa wood was used to form the wings and nose and then entire plane assembled using some spare parts from other kits. The article has a dearth of detail and is worth the price of the magazine.
One of my favorite articles is Richard Bolingbroke's build of Special Hobbies 1/48 AF-2S Guardian. The end result is I need to buy one!
Other articles include:
- Bill Bunting reviews a test shot of Tamiya's 1/32 Mosquito
- Tony O'Toole builds Airfix's 1/48 Hurricane from the Takoradi Ferry route.
- Colin Pickett builds Fly Models 1/48 Jet Provost T.3
- Peter Doyle builds Airfix's 1/72 Lightning F.6
- An "Aircraft in Profile" of the Supermarine Swift by Richard Mason has an excellent history along with profiles and 3 view drawings.
- Part 2 of the "Fighting them on the Beaches" by Paul Lucas gives the history of planes using mustard gas bombs as well as other unusual weapons.
- Ray Ball writes an article on the Gloster Meteor in Israeli service.
On top of all that, there is the usual round up of new releases, announcements and modeling news. Some great stuff.
Thanks to Scale Aircraft Modelling and IPMS/USA for the opportunity to review this issue.