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The Weathering Magazine
Wow, this is already the 33rd issue of The Weathering Magazine, brought to us by AMMO by Mig Jimenez. This issue is listed as published in April of 2021. For those of you who for some inexplicable reason may be unfamiliar with this line of publications, they are a very high quality series of magazines where each issue tackles a specific sort of weathering technique or desired result.
Published by AMMO, these publications of course feature the use of weathering products made by AMMO, wielded by outstanding modelers world wide. The subjects utilized for the individual articles are diverse in nature, but all show the techniques needed for the desired weathering effects extremely well.
What’s inside of this issue?
This softcover issue is made up of 70 heavyweight high gloss pages, oriented in a portrait format. The cover is presented in a landscape format to fit the ship that’s the subject of one article. The photographs are all bright and clear full color, with all photo captions and text in English.
Above - the index page shows at a glance the subject matter for each article.
This issue has a nice mix of subject matter used for showing the various techniques throughout the magazine. We have articles featuring 3 armored vehicles, 1 aircraft, 1 ship, 1 sci-fi / mecha subject, and 1 structure.
The first article in the magazine deals with a Russian T-72B captured by rebels in the 2014 conflict in the Ukraine. The author pulled out all the stops on this build, using a wide array of aftermarket resin, photoetch, and other goodies on the build. But the magic that he worked with the build and weathering is of course the real story here. This lengthy article does a terrific job of showing exactly how various materials were used to get an incredible appearance to this tank.
Next we have a downed FW-190, crashed onto a farm field. In addition to the fine tutorial on the weathering of the aircraft, the author provides lots of info on his techniques for his base and groundwork.
Throughout this magazine, the articles generously go well above and beyond simply showing how to achieve realistic burned effects. Each article has valuable content on other techniques used in the builds. In this article on the downed FW-190 for example, there is also great information provided by the author on his base and landscape work.
The next article depicts a damaged M1A1 Abrams in Operation Desert Storm. In addition to a highly detailed article showing the authors work on the fire damaged Abrams, an equally valuable amount of coverage of his work on the base and landscaping is provided. Again, I consider this to be sort of a “bonus”!
For anyone remotely interested in using structures as a part of armor model presentation, this next article is a real treat. The author does spectacular work in this article with a MiniArt building, which sometime present somewhat unique challenges due to their method of molding. Damaged interior work, broken windows and window frames, shattered doors, and all else that make up a shattered and burned out building is well depicted and explained in this article.This may well be my favorite article of the issue.
In The Fallen Soldier, the author takes a partial waist-up robot / mobile armor suit ( it’s not quite clear to me which..) and transforms it from a rather toy-like appearance into a forlorn, abandoned relic of a fight. IMHO, this takes a somewhat unique skill set, which the author clearly has! That said, good skills with chipping, showing wear, damage etc. transcend subject matter, and great work/techniques work across virtually all subjects.
The next article features a burned out DML Jagdpanzer IV/70(a) in an extremely methodical, super detailed article. The author takes this build from raw styrene all the way to an exquisite work on a simple yet highly effective base. Simply gorgeous work throughout, and the author shows his methods quite effectively.
It appears to me that each article in this magazine has sort of an “Easter egg” contained within it, great content on additional techniques not directly related to the main topic “burned out”. In the case of this article, that “Easter egg” was for me, the excellent description of the author’s technique of depicting a penetration of the vehicles armor.
And finally, in the issues’s concluding article we have a challenging work in 1/700 scale done by the master himself, Mig Jimenez. This work depicts the doomed HMS Sheffield after taking an Exocet missile strike, which caught her on fire and ultimately sunk her. To be able to effectively and realistically depict damage in this tiny scale is amazing, and to be able to provide the tutorial as smoothly as the author does is a credit to his teaching skills.
Due to the glossy images of terrific models in this publication, you might at first think that this is simply a magazine full of wonderful eye candy. But this magazine is clearly far more than that! Contained in these pages are the work of some of the globe’s best modelers, all sharing their techniques with you. These magazines are the next best thing to having a master modeler at your elbow while you work.
The text and photo captions throughout this issue are well written and descriptive. The photographs are uniformly bright and crisp, showing the author’s work very clearly. In a great many of the photos, the products used in the specific images are shown.
The fact that many (if not indeed all…) of these articles go well above and beyond simply sticking to the main subject matter (Burned Out) of the issue adds a lot of value to this issue, and in fact to the entire series of issues that I’ve examined.
I believe that this issue of the Weathering Magazine (indeed, the whole series) is a terrific resource, and a great value in terms of what you get for the cost. These magazines belong on the work bench of any serious modeler.
Thanks to AMMO of Mig Jimenez for the review copy
Reviewed by Chuck Aleshire, AMPS Chicagoland
AMPS 2nd Vice President, Midwest Region
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