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"Military Armour International No. 8"

 

S u m m a r y

Details: MA Editions, 9 Quai Ulysses Besnard, 41000 BLOIS, France. Published bi-monthly
Contents and Media: A4 portrait format and on very high quality glossy paper, it has 50 pages per edition.
Price: 39FF
Review Type: Magazine FirstLook
Advantages: English supplement, unusual subjects, excellent diorama piece, photo references
Disadvantages:  
Recommendation: Highly Recommended

 

Reviewed by Ian Sadler

 

F i r s t L o o k

 

Published in French and now with a fully integrated English supplement in the centre as part of the magazine and no longer a separate pull out.

The articles covered in this edition are as follows:

  • Tamiya's Famo by Fabien Deschamps in 1/35, plus my photos of the restored vehicle at Beltring last year. 

  • Croatian Armoured Rail car in 1/72 scale by Paul Malmassari, author of the definitive book on Armoured Trains of the world also 1/35-scale plans. 

  • Karl Morser 1/35 scale by Fabian Deschamps.

I am running out of superlatives to describe the high standards that this magazine has reach in such a short time. To say it has been up and running only a year and a half. It has now firmly put it's self up in the top bracket.

The choice of original black and white photographs is very helpful and in the majority of cases they have never been seen before, the editor is to be congratulated on this. British magazines could well do no better than to copy this feature.

One article in particular stands out for an award if it was possible for me to give one.

The T34 article and diorama is in my opinion one of the most dramatic and stunning I have seen in the last ten years. The way the modelmaker has incorporated all the aspects of the figures and groundwork along with the positioning of the tank. Makes it truly a work of art. I rank it up alongside Bill Horan and Steve Zaloga's work. It has taken Shep Pains concepts and lifted them to a new level.

The modelmaker is to be congratulated on a splendid and truly outstanding piece of work. This one section is worth the price of the magazine alone.

The Plans to the armoured train are superbly done and we can learn a lot about how to present plans in our magazines.

Now it has a fully integrated English supplement it is going to appeal to a greater audience and with your help it should go from strength to strength.

At a local model show only the day before this review was complied. A modelmaker asked me had I any info on what was on the inboard side of the engine compartment, in other words behind the dashboard.

I showed him this copy and he wanted to know why the magazine was not on general sale over here. I pointed out the contact address for UK subscriptions. He just wrote it down and these are his words not mined and I quote. "I will order it on Monday and drop all my UK magazines".

So for those who need it, the contact address it is:

P.S.P Models Ltd, rear of the Talbot Hotel, Iwerne Minster, Blanford Forum, Dorset, DT 11 8QN. For some reason there is no Telephone Number, perhaps the Editor can amend this in the next edition.

Go out and place you order it today. You will not be disappointed.


Review Copyright 2000 by Ian Sadler
Page Created 18 April, 2000
Last updated 22 July, 2003

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