Airfix Model World

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Airfix Model World

Postby wombatair » Fri May 06, 2011 7:47 pm

A long time fan of Airfix Magazine, I waited with interest and expectation for the arrival of the first issue of Airfix Model World :

Issue 1 December 2011: On sale UK in November 2010 100 pages lots of colour.

Cover page featured the Sea Vixen, “The year’s most talked about kit”. ??

News and Show Scene.
Silver Cloud’s Typhooon / Eurofighter Non Airfix
IPMS Comp build – Avro 504K Airfix
Valiant release in early 2011 Airfix
Tiger Meet Preview – Mirage 2000 and F-16
60th Anniversary Canberra Display being prepared.

Model Show Calendar Worldwide for rest of 2010.

Military Build WW1 “Female” tank Airfix 1/76 4 pages
Lester Plaskitt shares his tricks for Weathering – many build photos in colour.
The text is logical and discusses tools, paints and products along the way.

MIG- Killers in May Four pages by Robert F. Dorr recalling a day over Vietnam in a Navy F-4 Phantom supported by seven BB photos. Good Read. And followed by:
Phantom Build (F-4J) Hasegawa 1/48 7 pages
Lots of good pics and tips are here to inspire us mortals.
Chris Clifford is a master craftsman who displays his skills and some extra detailing to produce a first class kit. Details in photographs of the real thing are worthwhile references. Not a lot of paneling and little weathering as USN always kept them clean.

Showcase: by staff and readers Six with photos 2 pages
Military Vehicle: Sd.kfz 234/2 Puma (Lester again) Dragon Kit
WW2 Aeroplane P-47D (Chris Clifford) Tamiya 1/48
Jet Aeroplane SR 71 Blackbird (editor) Hasegawa 1/72
Car Lamborghini (Ian Hartup) Fujimi
Spaceship XSL-01 (Mat Irvine) Revell
Car Surf Woody (Mat Irvine) AMT

Basic Build: Spitfire Mk1a Airfix 1/72 4 pages
Tony O’Toole takes us through this build with an interesting use of the brush for painting and detailing.

Diorama MiniArt 1/35 3 pages
Nick Tebbs improves the OOB of this French Village House.

Modern Car Aston Martin DBR9 Airfix 1/32 6 pages
Ian Hartup does a build of this great car in “powder blue” introducing some interesting tools and techniques with the use of some after market items. Ian has many years of experience in the modeling world, including the UK National IPMS Committee, and Modelling magazines. Even the most experienced will pick up a few tips from his man.

In Focus Cover Story on the Sea Vixen with a few pictures. 4 pages
Great reference material with BB pictures with the centre fold art. And followed by:
Exclusive build Sea Vixen FAW Mk.2 Airfix 1/48 8 pages
Assistant Editor and experienced model maker, Chris Clifford, introduces the new Sea Vixen. Considerable effort has been made in detailing and improving this kit – some great comparison pics of the cockpit and observers station will prove a useful reference.
Chris gives detail on how he treated such detail as the wing fold mechanism, engine parts, weapons and painting. And following on:
In Profile is two pages of plans and diagrams of Sea Vixen and weapons. 2 pages.

Skills School Robin Carpenter begins a series on brush Painting for 3 pages.
This award winner gives ideas, guidelines and techniques applicable to all classes of model builder. Most of it is basic common sense, and again we call all learn something.

Space Build: The Apollo V is a giant build of the Airfix 1/144 kit over 7 pages
with photos of the real thing providing a reference for those interested in this historic combination. The complex masking require to complete the painting is discussed.
Mat Irvine is the “resident” space expert experienced in Visual Effects Designing.

Advanced Build SU-17 / 22 Fitter Eduards 1/48 9 pages
Chris Clifford constructs this limited edition kit which adds resin, metal, masks and new decals to give an impressive result. Pics provide a useful number of references for this build which may prove useful in builders of other Soviet aeroplanes. Again there are many useful ideas and tips to make it all happen.
On the Shelf reports on new kits, books, decals, resin and accessories over 11 pages.
These cover mostly non –Airfix – aircraft, military vehicles, figures and ships.

Overall this is an issue with a lot for a wide range of modeler and even though the build results appear to be out of reach for the average modeler, the inspiration to achieve is definitely there. Not for all of us but should satisfy a large following.
The quality of photographs is impressive.
I was definitely encouraged to buy the next issue.
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