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"Military Armour International No. 8"

 

S u m m a r y

Details: Published 6 times a year by P.S.P Models Ltd, Rear of Talbot Hotel, Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 8QN, Tel/Fax +44 01747 811 817. Web site is now at www.military-armor.com
Contents and Media: A4 portrait format and on very high quality glossy paper, it has 50 pages per edition.
Price: Subscriptions are UK 20-00 per year, Europe 24-00, and the rest of the world 28-00.
Review Type: Magazine FirstLook
Advantages: Now totally in English, wide range of subjects, photomontage of Beltring, photo references
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Ian Sadler

 

F i r s t L o o k

 

The magazine under review is Military Armour International No 11, Sept/ Oct 2000.

This magazine is published in the familiar A4 portrait format with 50 pages of high quality articles and photographs and plans.

The contents for this edition are:

  • Joel Pouzouiet creates a scratchbuilt interior for the SdKfz 223 in 1/35 scale based on the old Tamiya kit.

  • Patrick Vaudreville makes a scratchbuilt V3 Danish Armoured Car in 1/35 from the TOKO GAZ AA kit.

  • Fabian Descamps makes scratchbuilds a shelter body and trailer for the Opel Blitz in 1/35 scale from the Italeri kit.

  • Fabrizio Faggion reviews the Italian ATL 37 tractor and Skoda 110/7 mortar resin kits by CRLEL in 1/35 scale with copies of the original workshop manual.

  • Benoit Fromentin builds a Sherman with Mine roller in 1/72 scale kits by Esci and ALBY.

  • Gary Norris reviews the Accurate Armour Resin kit of the Scammell Pioneer in 1.35 scale.

The remainder of the magazine is made up of a mini photomontage of Beltring IPMS Rally 2000 and adverts of new books and products.

Two articles stand out for me. The first is the SdKfz 223 with the full scratchbuilt interior. This shows the truly outstanding work of a master model maker who can turn simple plastic card and rod into a masterpiece.

The second is the Danish V3. Using simple plastic card this model maker has turned the Toko GAZ AA kit into a wonderful oddball, but original, model. I congratulate him on a very good model and look forward to seeing more of his work in future editions.

Since I have started reviewing this magazine, it has grown and improved with each edition. From No 5 we had the inclusion of an English translation. Now with No 11 it is totally in English. The editors and publishers are to be congratulated on this bold move.

I feel that with this edition it has fully evolved into the top model magazine for Military Armour. I now rank it above Steel Masters and all the UK magazines had better get their act together.

Their web site is now at www.military-armor.com

Subscriptions are UK 20-00 per year, Europe 24-00, and the rest of the world 28-00.

Take out a subscription now - I know you will not be disappointed. 

Many thanks to Fabian for the advance copy.

Ian Sadler

Review Copyright 2000 by Ian Sadler
Page Created 04 October, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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