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ACES HIGH Magazine ‘Vietnam’ (AK 2908 Issue 5) Publisher: AK Interactive Chief editor: Daniel Zamarbide Available from AK Interactive for € 23,95 The Aces High magazine is one of those magazines you just don’t throw away once read. Every issue revolves around a theme and is printed on high quality paper and clearly blessed by the hands of an avid and able graphic designer. Since every issue is theme based, it’s pretty easy to grab an issue from your bookshelf, once starting a certain project, looking for reference or technique. The issue at hand is based on the Vietnam conflict. Which means many early blowtorches and lots of weathering opportunities. The price of 9 euro’s is compensated by the above and the inclusion of a poster by Romain Hugault and the many clear step-by-step instructions in the articles. Going through the colophon two personal friends of mine jump out, which to me means: Perfect English grammar (James Hatch!) and inspiring modelling (Jeroen Veen!). Recently the modelling scene has seen the entry of many new techniques and materials, so it’s important to stay on the ball and up your game. Magazines like Aces High do just that and manage to inspire along the way. So what do we get? A sturdy glossy cover, binding 78 quality glossy pages. A poster in the middle. Restrained advertorial space, many close ups, and well designed lay-outs. Let me walk you through it: Index: • The Mighty Snake (1/48 Hobbyboss Mig-17F by Istvan Michalko) A very thorough documented build of the the Mig-17F, treated with Alclad, fluid mask chipping in combination with silver pencil chipping. There’s also some old-style chipping with a bristle brush and silver enamel that looks really convincing. The pencil chipping is done with a silver refill pencil (o,5 mm thickness?) that I must get my hands on! Especially in the smaller 1/48 scale this comes in handy. I’ve said it before, but I do appreciate the fact that not every how-to photo shows a clean AK products bottle in the background, fictionally applied with a clean brush. The fact that other brands are used by the modeller, tells me that I’m not being fooled into any brand J • The Deadly Arrow (1/48 Eduard Mig-21PFM by Jeroen Veen) This sweet build by my buddy Jeroen Veen tackles a new technique still untouched by me: metalizer paste you need to rub and buff. Although he himself isn’t 100% satisfied by the result, I’m impressed. The detail and finish on this bird are outstanding. • Da Nang’s Death Angel (1/48 Hasegawa F-8 Crusader by Girolamo Lorusso) If all-out aftermarket is your game, then you’ll love this build. The venerable Has F-8 with all Aires resin sets. Lots of sanding and dry-fitting as well as detail painting is documented and depicted. So is putting the bombs in the spinning part of your Dremel to paint the yellow stripes. A technique I once used and failed miserably in. • Vietnam Warhorse (1/72 Trumpeter F-100D Super Sablre by Vitor Costa) Next up is a much more restrained build of an F-100D. Only an aftermarket cockpit is used and the paintwork is weathered to a minimum. Quite refreshing amongst all the badly battered birds. • Rhino over Hanoi (1/48 Academy F-4B Phantom by Jose Dominguez) Another sweet build! The Academy F-4B. Spiced up with scratch building that incorporates greencard, rod and wire. An all out build with a sexy paint scheme. This shows how spoiled we are as modellers. I catch myself not touching kits in my stash, when no proper aftermarket has been released for it yet. Note to self: Just pull it out and scratch what you need! Some inspiring bonus pics from the day: • Mind the Gap, The Ground Section (1/32 Verlinden Mig Killer figure vignette by Roberto Ramirez) The old Verlinden range is what got me drooling as a young boy in the modelshop. The camo patterned boxes with luscious photo’s of the finished thing on top. This figure (I believe) is from those days! A resin figure, maybe not quite up to the Alpine Miniatures or Ultracast examples of today, but with some patience and good painting skills and can look like this. The head (IMHO) could have done with a replacement… This article also shows us how to scratch build the vignette base, fence and palm tree. A nice scene that depicts the Mig Killer attitude of the Vietnam conflict. • Mind the Gap, The Ground Section (1/48 Verlinden Ford Mutt by Francesco J. Martinez) Another Verlinden golden oldie (1995)! The Ford Mutt. These older resin kits can be a pain to assemble and require a lot of research yourself, but can be turned into real gems with some filter and pigment. Verdict Well what can I say? This is just another sweet issue of this welcome addition to the magazine rack! Theme based and well designed, so worthy of the bookcase, instead of the magazine stack that ends up in the kitty litter box. Daniel Zamarbide has a keen eye for spotting great modellers, that don’t just know how to build, but can also write and photograph. The added poster that’s always included in the Aces High Magazine is a nice bonus that will liven up any boy’s room (or mancave ofcourse)… Another very highly recommended! A special thanks to AK Interactive for the review sample. Available here. Jeroen Peters
Super Model (issue 5) International series Publisher: Kagero Editor in chief: Damian Majsak Available from Kagero for € 10,90 Finally! I remember asking Kagero about a year ago why they didn’t publish their Super Model magazine in English language. Their reply was that they were working on it and I can remember thinking: I hope so… The first time I came into contact with this title was when they (Kagero) asked me to write an article on my 1/32 Meng Me163 for it. This happened and it was published... …in polish. A polish co-worker of mine confirmed that the copy was indeed mine J The market is flooded with amazing books and magazines lately. The quality of photography, copy, content formula’s and design has surpassed the hobby-like/home-made style we have put up with for so long and this magazine is right up there with a Tamiya Model Magazine, with the quality of the paper being even better. On the other hand: it should be good, since the price is higher too, at € 10,90 euro’s a copy. So what do we get? A thick glossy cover, binding 66 sturdy glossy pages. Since the magazine contains a lot of tips-and-tricks I think it’s good that the material is a bit more durable than the Tamiya Model magazine or a FineScale Modeller magazine for instance. The subjects usually span large scale planes and armour and reviews and this is no exception, with: • A review of Mr. Color paint sets These sets have been on the market for some time and are not new. Since they cover full subjects (like aircraft interior colors or certain camouflage paint schemes), they’re great to have in the drawer, knowing that your palette is complete. • Tips and tricks for cutting plastic When you have been modelling for a long time, you’ll have acquired your own techniques for the most basic tasks. Like cutting plastic for instance. Here’s an article by Tomek Wajnkaim spread over 4 pages dealing with these tasks. It covers important steps in the construction process – sanding, getting rid of ejector pin marks, glueing, clamping, etc.. A good read for both novice and expert. I guess you can teach an old new tricks! • 1/32 Spitfire by Ralph Riese Hey! This bird looks familiar. The ‘Grey Nurse’ scheme on this Spitfire MK.VIII was also featured on our own Large Scale Modeller forum. Link here. Ralph has a very unique painting technique that brings his models to life. This article shows his build during the most important stages. It won’t help me to acquire his skills, but it does somewhat explain how he does what he does. • 1/32 Typhoon by Karoly Bera This is my favourite article. Karoly wants to build a cardoor Typhoon and takes the high road. With both the MDC and Revell Typhoon in his stash, he takes the old Revell kit and uses the MDC kit as a template. Extensive scratching and surface detailing results in a mind blowing Typhoon. Usually when someone goes through these lengths to build a subject that has not been rendered in 32nd scale, a model company decides to produce it. So let’s hope… • 1/35 Hotchkiss H39 by Joaquin Garcia Gazquez A nice build of the Bronco kit. The Hotchkiss tank is made by many companies in 32nd scale. Heller, Bronco, Hobby Boss and even a very expensive 3D printed one. Joaquin presents his build in a little vignette with a franch tank driver scraping poo of his booth. The Bronco kit has some issues, (as do the Heller and Hobby Boss kit) so a lot of corrections and extra detailing is described. Not only this, but also the entire painting process is shared, as well as the altering of the figure and base. • H39 Tank Colours The Hotchkiss chapter is appropriately followed by a page dealing with the Hotchkiss wartime colours. • 1/35 T-34/122 by Adam Wilder Most of us know Adam Wilder and his armour subjects. He presents us with a pretty cool T34 with 122 resin turret and winter white wash. This article focuses on the weathering and painting. Washes, pastels… cool stuff. And yes: The products he uses for this are of his own brand J A the start of a couple of restrained reviews we find the profile of a 1/16 Pz.Kpfw IV Ausf. H, accompanied by a free sample of masks for this scheme. • Reviews of Fokker Dr.I book and the Ho229 Zoukei Mura kit. The reviews are compressed and limited. No worries. Both subjects have been extensively reviewed by Large Scale Modeller Verdict We would like to welcome this newcomer to the block! Well… the English part of the block that is! Well layed out magazine offering good advice, tips and tricks by accomplished modellers. Comparable to the Aces High magazine in terms of design, photography and contents. Very highly recommended! A special thanks to Kagero for the review. Available here. Jeroen Peters