Guideline Publications- Military Modelcraft International- February 2023
This month's issue of MMI is bigger and better than ever! David Grummitt and crew have assembled a reconfigured magazine-- filled with excellent content that going forward will now comprise 100 pages. Like many other companies in the world, they have seem some rough times and while change to some may not always be welcome, this increase in both quality and quantity of material is most welcome. In his introductory Forum article, David outlines the changes and then previews the articles in the issue. Not only are we treated with two winter-themed builds, but no less than four quarter-scale features. When I first started building armor, I cut my teeth on Tamiya's 1/48 offerings- so this was a welcome treat.
News at the Front highlights new releases from Ukrainian companies Miniart and ICM, Gecko Models, FC Modeltrend, HD Models, SSR Models, and Tyrell Models. Three pages of Quartermasters Stores follow.
The first article, "Pocket Rocket" features Luciano Rodriguez's 1/48 scale Tamiya Panzer 38 (t). Photos in the article focus more on the painting and weathering than on construction, and the base adds just the right touch.
Next up, Ramòn Segarra builds up Hobby Boss' 1/48 M4A1(76)W as "The Duke of Normandy". Ramòn details his build with stowage from the Legend Productions set which sets his Sherman apart from the rest.
Next up, we move up in size with a buildup of Amusing Hobby's 1/35 VK 7201(K) prototype done by Sante Candia on a Miniart railroad track base with scratch built details. The paint scheme chosen is particularly striking with dark yellow and earth lower hull, red oxide primed upper hull, and grey turret.
David Grummitt returns for an Armour in Profile titled "Red Dawn"- the first in a series of articles looking at the last decade of the Cold War standoff between the central powers. Growing up in the 70s and 80s, this one was of particular interest to me. I lived near one of the major airbases in the United States and remember well the drills and tensions that was present at that time. Sławomir Zajączkowski provides 5 color profiles of Soviet tanks and SPGs as well.
Domingo Hernandez follows this up with his build of the W-Model 1/48 T-64A. This was the first I had heard of this particular model kit and I enjoyed the thoroughness of the build and finishing details provided by Domingo.
"Big Bertha" shrinks things down further with a build of the infamous WWI Krupp gun in 1/72 written by Stefan Szymanski. The 3D printed kit was a free download from the Landships II website and I was really blown away by the way the base was done to give it some excellent sense of scale.
Michał Tafil's "A Winter Wonderland" features an icy build of Trumpeter's NKL-6 Aerosan set on the shore of a icy lake with Stalingrad figures and a pair of Mantis Miniatures wolves.
"A Deadly Perennial Shrub" focuses on Ilya Yut's build of the Trumpeter 2S3 (Late) Akatsiya SPG. A unique paint scheme and some brightly colored stowage really makes this one pop.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the following article from John Steinman up next featuring his 1/48 Tamiya Tiger I "S02" used at Kursk by Das Reich. I have been fortunate to see some of John's work up close in local shows as he lives somewhat nearby- and the photos and text in "Zitadelle!" do an excellent job depicting the lengths he goes to for his builds to get the details right.
David Grummitt returns with "On the Bench" and introduces his build of the Rye Field Model Leopard 2A6M CAN. I certainly hope to see more of this piece as David progresses to completion.
Showtime features a one page report of Guideline's own model show- the 2022 London Plastic Modellers Show. The quarter scale Tsar Tank is most impressive! Following this, the issue wraps up with six book reviews in Words and Pictures and a sneak peek at what is upcoming in next month's issue.
MMI has outdone themselves with a bigger issue filled with some most excellent builds and articles. I welcome the extra pages and really enjoyed the four 1/48 scale builds this month. Next month look out for an Eastern Front Tiger, Takom's IDF Merkava Mk 1, and Amusing Hobby's Centurion AVRE. It'll be a tall order to top the February issue, but I have no doubt it will be up to the usual MMI standards. As always, 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 Michael Reeves
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