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  1. I did complete it and im isure i took reveal photos somewhere, just need to find them on here.
  2. I'm.just do intrigued to what happend to the new team of contributors and editor etc. No team, no articles, recycled material inevitable.
  3. And today an announcement via email that I-hobby have taken the titles over combining SAMI and MMI. i-Hobby is a print, paper and manufacturing company and has acquired the titles Scale Aviation Modeller International, Scale Military Modeller international and Model Aircraft. Along with the Modellers Datafile and Modellers Datafile Scaled Down book series. August will see i-Hobby launch a new magazine title Scale Aviation and Military Modelling International this will be a monthly magazine. i-Hobby will also be relaunching Model Aircraft magazine as a bimonthly bookazine. The quality of this title is really being ramped up with a September launch. Finally, i-Hobby will be relaunching the Modellers Datafile and Modellers Datafile Scaled Down series which will see a quarterly release of new titles in these ranges of books. Cover for illustrative purposes only. Please like our new iHobby Facebook page below to keep up to date with news as we get closer to launch. All current subscribers to the above titles will automatically receive the new magazines when launched and if you have a subscription to both SAMi and SMMI you will automatically receive the combined number you have paid for.
  4. I remmber that this was THE place to get latest special edition Hasegawa/Fujimi Kits. Many a Superhornet was purchased. Always popped in the shop if i was in that neck of the woods to have a rummge in the 'spares' box and to see whats lurking on the shelves. Sad news, but fond memories that THIS was a PROPER model shop.
  5. He/She may have simple been asked to build it, not research it. It also depends on time as to whether the assembler/builder researches a particular subject. I dont know the builders experience, nationality and subject knowledge, but yes in this instance being a Hawk its pretty well know to the aviation modeller, so if an RAF version was to be built, identifying the differences would be benefitial to the reader otherwise its a magazine that is filling pages with builds that dont have much content. I must admit that both SAMI and MAI had this issue as I prefer in depth builds with analysis of the subject and kit in question, thats why i prefer SAM, however the editorial team will say 'find me these people'. In addition in the mag there are varying degreed of builds i.e Speedy builds, and Detailed builds which differ in quantity and quality of the analysis. Ultimatley its down to the purchaser to pay your monies and take it at face value, you might get someting from the article or you wont.
  6. And this is most likely the case. Dont forget that Dave and his team will send avaliable kits to any model builder that puts his/her head above the parapit. The Modeller may have NO experience or historic knowlege of the real object he/she is building in model form, and simply following the instructions, which you would do if you had never built this kit or aware of the manufactuers failings in the instructions. To the experienced Hobby Boss Modeller, we know all too well the instructions are poor without even paint call outs let alone, 'chop this off for this version. Before we criticise, you need to understand the brief and the modellers experience with a manufactuer and the subject in hand.
  7. Nope, nothing since their promises to sent latest magazine with FREE 14.99 BOOK, which was DELAYED due to the unforeseen additional POSTAGE charges which they did not account for. TBH i dont think we will see them again.
  8. Its not the same. There seems to be a large chunk missing from the Mk.XI moulding. When compared to the Mk IX or the Mk V NEW TOOLINGS, there is the rear section missing and therefore missing at least 5mm which is enough to needing to cement the parts separately to the fuselage and NOT construct the cockpit section as a separate build. When you get it in your hands measure the part no 11 to other kits and you will see what i mean.
  9. Ive just received my 4 boxings, and im in construction at present. one thing that the kit has an issue with and that the cockpit floor, its too short. if you mate up the rear bulkhead/armor plate and then affix the control panel, go to locate it on the side wall of one of the fuselage halves snags the detail on the wall and the CP is approx 5-8mm too far back and is not located under the cockpit coaming. As first i thought this was user error so i separated the CP and bulkhead with seat from the floor and located them in the slots they should go into and its confirmed the floor is too short. How they allowed this oversight is anyone's guess. Thought people should know, and see if their boxings/builds have the same issue.
  10. Ive just received my 4 boxings, and im in construction at present. one thing that the kit has an issue with and that the cockpit floor, its too short. if you mate up the rear bulkhead/armor plate and then affix the control panel, go to locate it on the side wall of one of the fuselage halves snags the detail on the wall and the CP is approx 5-8mm too far back and is not located under the cockpit coaming. As first i thought this was user error so i separated the CP and bulkhead with seat from the floor and located them in the slots they should go into and its confirmed the floor is too short. How they allowed this oversight is anyone's guess. Thought people should know, and see if their boxings/builds have the same issue.
  11. There was an issue with May's as i had to write to Kim who sent a copy out. Might have been due to the chaps attending Mosun?
  12. Still seen nothing of this MOB and their mags in establishments. Saw somethinng on SAMI FB account that 'Inclusion of 14.99 book have led to delays due to additional weight.' Make that of what you will. They do realise that they need to pay for the additional postage for this book and mag combo.
  13. Just a quick note to say that ive had no issues with a refund of a Magazine that was placed last week. This was ordered as part of a larger order and since the post on FB that the team are away at MOSUN at the moment there will be a delay in getting the mags and books out. I manage to pick up a copy in McColls, emailed Dave and duly received a no quibble refund. My Books will be sent when they are back which is not a problem at all especially as a book is not released until next week. So buy with confidence and dont listen to haters out there.
  14. Looks like they not only re-print articles from previous issues and re-issue but also marketing figures as well. Id say these are from their hayday of 5+yrs ago and are not are not a true refection of their current performance or the current market. If i was one of the competitor magazines id challenge this data as it could be deemed false advertising and fraudulent to get in sponsors.
  15. Agree to all of that. There is to much of Blue Peter/Art Attack of 'look what we made earlier' articles/reviews and not enough of 'oh s**t this doesnt fit so this is how i solved it etc. There are too many finished models, showing painting and weathering techniques to promote the latest addition to a manufactuers range, which has been done to death and of which is not new if you have a bit of oil paint and thinners. There simply is insufficeint construction techniques and general modelling build threads imho which has unfortuantly transposed over to forums such as this in the GB's, where you see lovely box contents and a month or two later no detailed build thread showing the process, but you do get nice artistically licenced fictionally painted and weathered replica. Unfortuanly its either a generational thing or an editorial thing imposing a deadline to the modeller or simply accepting that this is what the 'reader' wants. I say reader loosly as its not much text but there are a few pretty pictures to look at. Thats actuall what i saw in SAM and MAM in the last couple of years. I hope that the Editorial Team of Phoenix dont make the same mistakes. They need to be different to whats out there or they may fail on this venture. It will also be interesting to see the re-boot of SAMI and whats they have 'learned' or notso but we will see next moth apparently. This is where SAM nail it and is my magazine of choice, due to their variety in not only scal, subject but also the content writers and an editor that has been aroudn the block so know what works and what doesnt and finally a magazine that takes on board comments from the market reader which afterall, if there are no readers there is no magazine.
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