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Military Modelcraft International for November 2022

ISBN Number:
9 772631 722262
Published:
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Publisher:
Guideline Publications, UK
Retail Price:
$15 USD
Reviewed By:
Brian Eberle

 Military Modelcraft International for November 2022 

For those unfamiliar with Military Modelcraft International (MMI), this magazine is a European product published out of the United Kingdom.  The magazine consists of 82 pages printed in European A4 format sized paper (8.25” x 11.75”) with high quality photos printed on durable glossy pages.   

 

The November issue of MMI features articles covering an WWI armored car, multiple vehicles from WWII, a Cold War icon and a more contemporary era “technical” based on the Toyota FJ43 pickup truck.  The Armour in Profile article will be of interest to the aficionados of WWII desert campaigns and repurposed captured vehicles.  The News at the Front section highlights many soon to be released kits while the Quartermasters Store section lists many recently released kits available now.   

 

MMI editor David Grummitt leads off with Forum comments about the largest model show in the UK – Scale Model World (which is the UK IPMS Nationals held in November at Telford, England), then discusses MMI subscriptions and the previewing the contents of the November edition.    

 

The News at the Front sections includes 6 full pages highlighting many soon to be released kits from MiniArt.  Also highlighted is the Das Werk re-release of the former Dragon Models Limited Sd.Kfz 251/7 Pioneer Panzer Wagen (Pi.Pzwg), and multiple 3D printed releases from FC Modeltrend, and an announcement about an MMI and Osprey Publications military trivia competition for readers to win a copy of William Suttie’s Chobham Armour book.  Also highlighted are new product releases from AMMO by Mig Jimenez (Road Sand paste, and two figures paint sets) and Special Hobby/CMK 1/72 scale detailing sets.   Lastly in the News at the Front section are three sets of Masterbox figure sets for the Russian – Ukrainian War.   

 

Up next is the Quartermasters Stores featuring three full pages of the latest kit releases - perfect for those holiday gift shopping lists. 

 

The first article, “NVA T-54-3” describes the build of the AMMO by Mig 1/72nd scale T-54B Mid Production (T-54-3) kit.   The build depicts a North Vietnamese Army T-54-3 during the 1983 war with Cambodia.   

 

In the 2nd article, the reader follows along the 1/35th scale kit bash build of the Russian AT-T Artillery Prime Mover with the BM-21 Grad Multiple Rocket Launcher reclaimed from the scrapheap in the "what if" story of “Junkyard Technical”.    

 

The Armour in Profile – 75 article is titled “Under New Management” and delves into UK vehicles captured the North African campaigns in 1941-1943 and repurposed by the Germans.  This section includes 10 pages of mostly black and white photographs and narratives depicting numerous examples, along with centerfold color plates using Vallejo model air colors.      

 

The 3rd article, “Old Faithful” details the build of Airfix’s Humber Snipe 4x2 in 1/32nd scale, as used by Field Marshal Montgomery throughout the North African, Sicilian, and Italian campaigns.  Field Marshal Montgomery affectionally referred to this vehicle as “Old Faithful”.   

 

The 4th article, “Isonzo 1917” describes the build of Copper State Models 1ZM in 1/72nd scale.  The build depicts the IZM in Italian Army service, during the final of the 12 battles along the Isonzo river between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Italy (present day Slovenia) in October – November 1917.   

 

The 5th article, “Panther II” chronicles the 1/35th scale scratchbuild of a “never was” production version of the Panther II using sheet styrene and kit bashed parts from King Tiger and Panther kits.  The sole prototype of this vehicle now resides at the Armor and Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, GA.   

 

The 6th article, “Churchill Mk. III” follows the build of the Dragon Models Limited Churchill Mk. III in 1/72nd scale.   This build depicts a Churchill Mk. III of the Canadian Armoured (Calgary) Regiment during the ill-fated 1942 Dieppe raid.  

 

The On the Bench article takes an in-depth look at the build of AK Interactive’s first model kit release – the FJ43 Pickup with a pedestal mounted DSHKA heavy machine gun.  These type vehicles are non-standard tactical vehicle (NSTV) or “Technicals” and have become somewhat commonplace in worldwide conflicts since first appearing during the early 1990s in Somalia.   

 

Words and Pictures provides readers with book reviews.  Samples of these include Tanks in Battle of Germany 1945:  Eastern Front by Steve Zaloga (New Vanguard publishing #312) and Foreign Panthers: the Panther V in British, Soviet, French and Other Service 1943 – 1959 by Thomas Seignon and Merlin Robinson (New Vanguard publishing #313).   

 

The November MMI edition wraps up with a short reminder from Guideline Publications on subscriptions options and to look for MMI on Facebook.  Lastly, MMI provides a teaser on what to look for in next month's edition of Military Modeler International.  

Here is a link to the Guideline Publications website: www.guidelinepublications.co.uk and US customers can subscribe to MMI and pay in US dollars at www.guidelinepublicationsusa.com

Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.

Thanks goes out to Guideline Publications for this review sample.

Reviewed by Brian Eberle

 

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