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"Military Armour International"

Publisher

MA Editions, 9 Quai Ulysse Besnard, 41000 Blois

Review Type: Magazine Review
Price: 39FF or 3.90
Rating: Recommended

Magazine Reviewed by Ian Sadler

 

F i r s t   L o o k


An A4 size publication and printed on very good quality gloss paper printed in French only with 50 pages in Edition No 1.

It follows a similar format to its main rival Steel Masters and covers the subjects in similar fashion.

The photography is up to its rival's high standard and it would seem that the same approach to subject matter is being followed without being a clone.

It has an interesting way of presenting the new and forthcoming kits announcement section. I like its layout and clarity. It has either black and white box art or completed models with a brief description underneath.

Were ever possible it has original photographs of the actual vehicle and plans as part of the article. This section alone is worth the price of the magazine and will build into a handy reference section

The subjects covered in this first edition are SdKfz 234/2 in 1/35 scale. Fiat Ansaldo Da 90/53 scratchbuild in 1/35 scale. 10 pages of new releases in black and white.

Desert Rat in 1/9th scale resin kit. 35 Panhard type 178 in 1/72 scale. T-28 ICM 1/35 kit with several new black and white wartime photographs.

Since I first reviewed this magazine I have had the opportunaty to obtain the next two editions.

Index to No2 SdKfz 186 Jagdtiger in 1/35 scale. Mastercon St Peters Missouri Contest. Hornet 1/35 scale German motorcycle Rider. Euromilitaire 98 photo review.

M8 1/35 Tamiya kit. 9 pages of new releases. Laffy W15 T 1/72 scale and Gnome Rhone AX2 motorcycle and sidecar with plans.1/35 diorama of Cossacks attacking panzer I and 11. 1/72 scale diorama of Jagdpanzer 1V and schwimmwagen.

Index to No3 1/35 Dragon Wagon, 1/35 scale Panther Ausf G and JSII Diorama. 5 pages of new releases. Photomontage of Copenhaghe Military Museum in colour. Opel Blitz in 1/35 scale conversion to a field kitchen.1/72 m4A1 Sherman and lastly a 1/15 scale scratchbuilt French Half track UNIC P107 artillery tractor, with original photographs on a preserved one

I have the following observations to make, it is improving with each edition in little ways and it is all ready at a higher standard than the first three editions of its main rival Steel Master.

I can see it with offer serious competition to Steel Masters now and in the future.

My final comment is to the publishers. If this magazine was published in the International Language of Model Makers "English". It would in my opinion seriously damage the main three English publications. It could even knock Steel masters of the Top Slot.

I wish the publishers well with this magazine and may they go from strength to strength.

Bought at Trucks and Tracks Show 99.

 

Ian Sadler - IPMS (UK) Armour TAS Leader


Review Copyright 1999 by Ian Sadler
Page Created 26 May, 1999
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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