Kagero Publishing has recently released third issue of Super Model International. This edition is another one dedicated exclusively to the aircraft modeling, after issue two which was focuses on the armour and vehicle modeling.
In the third issue we meet two new authors: Tomasz Chacewicz and Michał Rosiak. Tomek Wajnkaim has already presented his skills in the inaugural issue.
Cover page gives a quick preview of the kits presented inside. Seventy eight pages of the magazine content is divided into three chapters, each presenting a different model. The story begins with the Dewoitine D.520 fighter by Tomasz Chacewicz. Tomasz has used a well known Tamiya 1:48 scale kit. Michał Rosiak struggles with the 1:32 scale product of Pacific Coast Models – the Hawker Hurricane , while Tomek Wajnkaim builds Hobby Boss Spitfire Mk.Vb, also is 1:32 scale.
The authors of models and magazine editorial team did really a great job. All presented model are simply masterpieces of their kind. In comparison to previous issues this time articles are much more unified in style of text, photographs and description of clues and techniques used by the modelers. What is more guys shares a lot of their tricks or describe their home-made tools, like for example riveter made by Tomasz Chacewicz, while Tomek Wajnkaim describes his workbench is the aspect of organization of his workplace. There are also more other useful clues described on side.
As the picture tells more than 1000 words, on the photos you can find also tools, paints and solvents used during production of scale replicas on particular steps so if you won't be able to remember the brand you can at least try to find it it your supply store by its look. At the end of each article its author lists the most important tools, accessories, paints and other products used on this particular model.
Great feature of the SMI are outstanding quality photographs, even those smallest and least important. On the other hand all the pictures are very big, especially of the finished works, as if the editors didn't care much for the space needed for the whole article.
What I slightly miss in the magazine are 1:72 scale models. I realize that these are much more simplified in comparison to Tamiya 1:48 kits, not to mention 1:32 scale, and don't look so attractive. Nonetheless there are still many 72scalers who may feel ignored not finding anything in their scale however they can still find a lot of useful stuff even which can be easily adopted to their scale.
Kagero has offered us almost 80 pages of great quality modelling. I had a personal pleasure to see two out of three models presented in this magazine. They really make a great impression with the delicacy of paint chipping, smoke trails, intermingle of colours, pre- and postshadings. Presented models are great exemplification of how a good quality kit mixed with talent and experience of the modeller can benefit. I also believe that most of us will find some inspirations, or lesson to learn, for finishing their scale miniatures as I have not noticed any super-powers used by the authors but proper mediums, patience and experience.
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Highs: Great quality of photos, lot of tips and trick, detailed descriptions of building process.Lows: Technicaly none, however it would be nice to some 1:72 scale kit presented in SMI one day.Verdict: Very useful and highly recommended, lot of inspiration and many lessons to learn.
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