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Abrams Squad #1 Magazine
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Posted: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - 11:23 AM UTC
We take a look at this new magazine for modern AFV/armor modelers, from a new publisher PLA Editions.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - 10:23 PM UTC
Thanks for the review and comments Jim, It was very funny to see you trying to say Maestro..jajaja it seems you got Visa...jajaja
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Posted: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - 10:29 PM UTC
Regarding the magazines, as all of you may know, all starts are difficult, and is no easy to find distributors all around the world. Luckily we already have found one distributor in USA and it will be available soon in many shops in the States.
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Posted: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - 10:38 PM UTC
Dear Kharkov, thanks for your honest comments. The magazine is totally independent, and it will not covered by any marketing nonsense. As many other publications, we need advertisers, sponsors and collaborators, but it is and will be independent. This is just a humble project that only tries to fill a gap in the modern warfare modelling. No high ambition. We'll try to publish interesting articles for modern warfare fans, from the 50's to tomorrow. Thanks again and if you are interested in our magazine, you will find it soon in UK. By the moment, Booksworld WS and Aviation BC have bought some copies. We are getting lots of support from UK modellers. Thanks.
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Posted: Saturday, June 01, 2013 - 11:34 PM UTC
Received the first issue yesterday. I like it! As a longtime modern fan it's great to see a mag devoted to contemporary subjects.

Not that I have anything against Shermans'n'Germans, but it's been a little dispiriting how many 'How To Build Model Tanks' books have started along the lines of "the techniques in this book should be applicable to AFVs of all eras" before giving a lenghty description of the best way to apply zimmerit or the right shade of dunkelgelb. Somehow my M1A2 SEP never looked right in zimmerit...

Although I think us modern armour fans have lost any right to moan over the last couple of years with the volume of new publications and kits coming out. Seems to me the only people with a genuine axe to grind any more are the WW1 fans.

Anyway, great mag - more please.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - 08:17 PM UTC
Hi

I too like the look of this, and so ordered a copy from their website.
Not sure if it's a software issue on my part, but the client setup and ordering system is in Spanish and wouldn't translate with Google. I had to pick out particular words I didn't recognise for a Spanish-English translation, all of which worked in the end.
I'm in the UK, and in their drop-down list for countries for posting to, UK was Reino Unido rather than Inglaterra or Gran Britania (to save you trawling through looking for the more the obvious names if you're ordering for the UK). Postage was 3.9 euros, so all in all about 13 euros which is about $17 US or £11 UK.
Maybe expensive per unit compared to the wide selection of mags already out there, but good to see modern armour show-cased this way. Good luck to them.
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2013 - 06:16 AM UTC

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Not sure if it's a software issue on my part, but the client setup and ordering system is in Spanish and wouldn't translate with Google. I had to pick out particular words I didn't recognise for a Spanish-English translation, all of which worked in the end.



I did see this issue when I was looking at the site. You actually have to hover over the Spanish flag icon down on the lower right in order to see the English translation option. Once you click that you get the English version.

Pere... you gotta have your web guys create a LINK option to access the English version of the site. That would help on your ad link for example.

Cheers,
Jim
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2013 - 06:26 AM UTC
I have tried several times to order the magazine. I can get the English to work, that's not the problem. The site keeps rejecting my payment. I use my debit card, which is a Visa, and it keeps telling me it fails. I have tried several times with the same results.

From looking at it again, I see that it may not accept debit cards through the Credit Card gateway. However, when I tried the Paypal route, I just got a blank screen and nothing there. There was nothing there for me to enter or do, it was just a completely blank screen.

Looking forward to the magazine, looks great. Just need some help getting to pay for it!
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM UTC
Hola Per Pla,
I too want to buy your magazine, it looks to be a very good one. Can you tell us who is the USA distributor ? I would like to subscribe to the magazine.
Gracias
Tomaso
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2013 - 08:24 PM UTC
Thanks for the tip, Jim.
I didn't notice the flag link. Re Cory's comment about payment, I didn't even see a PayPal option and so went straight for credit card payment (these details also listed in Spanish but assume if flag link works then all will be converted).
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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 - 03:30 AM UTC
Hi friends, thanks for your support.

We are working to fix those undetected problems, thanks for the head up.

For the moment the first distributor in USA is Stevens Int. Please contact them.

Regarding the problems with payment options, we are investigating what's wrong, since there are several other purchases every day without problems.

Muchas Gracias to everyone fort supporting, advicing and help.

Best Regards
Pere
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Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 05:00 AM UTC
Stevens has it listed for $19.95 a copy. Although I would have a great deal of interest, $19.95 for a Magazine is a stretch.
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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2013 - 11:39 AM UTC
Pere,

I just received issue 3. I bought it from Blast Models since I made another purchase from them anyhow. I have to admit, it is VERY well done. The photography and quality of the printing is fantastic and it is not covered with ads (which makes the price more acceptable).

I'll make sure my local hobby shop orders some from Stevens, and I will strongly recommend the magazine to my AMPS friends.

E.T.


Quoted Text

Hi friends, thanks for your support.

We are working to fix those undetected problems, thanks for the head up.

For the moment the first distributor in USA is Stevens Int. Please contact them.

Regarding the problems with payment options, we are investigating what's wrong, since there are several other purchases every day without problems.

Muchas Gracias to everyone fort supporting, advicing and help.

Best Regards
Pere

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Posted: Saturday, November 09, 2013 - 01:23 PM UTC
I just got #3 from Spruebrothers,the detailed build log for the Meng T-90 is just great and will be very helpful.I fully recommend this magazine especially if you are contemplating a build that it covers.
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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 05:48 AM UTC
I have all 3 issues. Everyone of them is worth the price. I usually get them from Sprue but will start checking with my local hobby shop.

Happy Modeling

Mike