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June 3, 2013

Magazine review: Scale Aircraft Modelling Vol. 35 #2 (April 2013)

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 12:22 pm
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Despite its price, I enjoy SAM.  This is, in many respects, a good issue for 72nd modelers, with build articles on an Airfix Vampire, Fujimi A-4 and Sword Harrier T.4.  The quality of the builds are far above what is in the most recent SAMI.  However, there are a couple of disturbing things as well.  First, a small matter.  The editor’s review of the Airfix Vampire talks about replicating a bare metal finish, when the Vampire’s fuselage was made of wood.  That error wouldn’t be a big deal if the same article didn’t have a condescending  tone to both Airfix kits and 72nd scale in general.

SAM was built on 72nd scale.  I’ve noted previously that Jay, the editor, recent said that he is moving away from 72nd to the larger scales in his personal modeling.  That is fine, and so far it doesn’t seem to have influenced the content of SAM.  However, the tone of the article is troubling.  It isn’t so much what is said, as the way it is said.  It is almost as if Jay, as editor, needs an editor to edit his article.  I think a good editor would have spotted the problems with this article and corrected them.

I’m going to “put a pin” in this issue as they say.  I want to see if this is an aberration or the beginning of a trend.


1 Comment

  1. […] I know I’m going backward.  This issue of SAM was published months before the one in my last review.  Honestly I had read the issue last year, over Christmas I think and then it, sadly, ended up on […]

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