Tamiya Model Magazine International
66 pp + covers
Tamiya Model Magazine International is a general modelling magazine covering all types of modelling subjects and, notwithstanding the name of the magazine, models are presented from all manufacturers. As is usual for magazines it consists of a number of feature articles plus regular columns including a rather substantial set of new product announcements/reviews. This month’s TMMI has five articles in addition to the 2 monthly columns. This British magazine is printed in full colour on semi-gloss stock that appears to be rather like better quality newsprint in A4 size.
The first article is a scratch-built conversion of Tamiya’s ISU-152 SP into a post-war rail yard train pusher. A very interesting subject with good photos of the original subject and of the model during construction and after painting.
The next article is a build of the Belkits 1:24 Volkswagen Polo rally car.
The third article is a build and detail of the Zvezda 1:72 Sukhoi SU-33 coupled with the use of the Eduard PE detail set which includes prepainted cockpit panel details. Very petit.
The fourth article is a build of Tamiya’s brand new 1/48 Me-109G Gustav. This is the second and final part of the article and completes the assembly and painting.
Next up is an article detailing the exceptional build of a very unusual kit of an unusual subject, a 1:9 Brough Super Sport 100 motorcycle from approximately 1932. The kit is exceptionally detailed, but ontop of that the builder has weathered it to resemble a rather dilapidated “barn find” with and amazing rust and tarnish finish.
The quality of the magazine is good, with a nice mix of finishing techniques and building techniques but the semi-gloss, rather newsprint-like paper used for the body of the magazine doesn’t reproduce the photos with the best sharpness.
Highly Recommended for general modellers, of somewhat less relevance to the AFV purist.
Many thanks to Doolittle Media for the review copy.
Reviewed by Paul Roberts
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