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 six articles in addition to the two 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 this month is a build of the Kinetic 1:48 CF-118 Hornet. The build is amazing, especially the detail in the cockpit.
The next article is a build of the Italeri 1:48 Hawker Typhoon Mk.1b with the addition of a lot of detail and a Barracuda cockpit detail set. The finish and weathering are as impressive as the build.
After that we have Pt 1 of a series on building the Tamiya Ferrari SF70H Formula I car and covers the build and basic painting of the model.
The fourth article is a build of Tamiya’s 1:72 Kawasaki Ki-61-D Hien fighter where the builder uses new camouflage decals for the mottle green over natural metal paint scheme. Kinda cool, but I’m not sure it would be my choice as, apparently the dot pattern form the printing can be seen close up.
Fifth is part 2 of a series of articles building the DeAgostini 1:43 kit of the millennium Falcon, this time focusing on adding 3D-printed and PE details to the cargo/passenger area. Pretty cool for the Star Wars fan,
The only armour content this month is a short 2-page quick look at the new Tamiya 1:35 late production M3 Stuart kit.
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. Especially, this month.
Many thanks to Doolittle Media for the review copy.
Reviewed by Paul Roberts
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