Volume 27, Number 07 – May, 2023
98 pp + covers
This British magazine is printed in full colour on glossy stock in A4 size and is for military modellers. It focuses on build articles, but also has some military model related reviews, some historial references, and of course ads. This month there are 10 feature articles and 4 regular columns.
The magazine starts off with the standard editorial that briefly describes the contents of the issue. This is followed by a section called "News at the Front", which discusses and reviews various kits, modelling tools and after market products.
The first feature article covers the construction of AFV Club's Sho't Kal as it appeared in 1982's Peace for Galilee campaign. The author used aftermarket tracks, machine gun barrels and other products. Most of the article concentrates on finish.
This article is followed by an historical article about Centurion tanks during the Valley of Tears battle during the Yom Kippur war of 1973. Although I've read a lot about this battle, some of the photos included are new to me.
The next article converts the newish Tamiya KV-2, converted into the prototype of a KV-2 mounting the ZIS 6 107 mm gun, designed to counter the Tiger tank in early 1943. The conversion set was made from a commercially available 3D print.
Another reference article, covering U.S. Artillery in the Vietnam War, follows the KV-2 article. Artillery pieces from 1965 through to 1972 are included, such as the M110, M108, M101A1, M53, M55, M107, and M42 Duster. Color plates of an M53, M55, M107 and M110 with paint references is also provided.
80 years ago this July, the largest tank battle in history was fought between the Germans and Russians at a place called Kursk, a tiny Russian village about 50km east of the Ukraine/Russia border. An article to commemorate this battle is included in the form of a very nicely finished Panzer IV Ausf G. At the end of the article, a mini-review of available Panzer IV kits in 1/35 is included.
What armor modelling magazine would be complete without at least one diorama. This month's edition includes a diorama article about a German Grille (15 cm sIG 33 (Sf) ausf Panzerkamfwagen 38t) in a wintery urban setting. The diorama was created in 1/72nd scale.
A modeller, Łukasz Orczyc-Musiałek, is interviewed, and several of his models are showcased.
As the next article states "Technical pickups are a fusion between military and civilian modelling". The article covers the Meng four-door Toyota pickup Technical, coupled with DEF Models wheels.
A short, 3 page article about building the GAZ Tiger wheeled personal carrier, currently being used in Ukraine, is next up.
The last article covers the 2022 Hungarian Mosonmagyarovar model show, along with some photos from previous shows.
The magazine focuses on building and finishing models, but also includes some research articles. Like most magazines of this type, it is filled with very nice pictures of partially and fully completed models, with product placements in the form of after market boxes and paint bottles. The articles are well written, and include detailed descriptions of how the finishes were achieved. This is model porn at its best! 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 kit.
Reviewed by Chuck Rothman
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