Auriga Publishing International
Sky Model Magazine
Review by Graham Slingsby
last year, I was contacted by the editor of "Sky Model
Magazine" - who asked if I might review an issue of his
newly published magazine. The editor - Mr. Thomas Abbondi, stated that
the magazine was only two issues old and had received favourable readership
in the United States and Europe.
promised, in late January, 2005, my sample issues of "Sky
Model Magazine" arrived in the mail. I duly opened the
package and what appeared before me, is without question - one of the
best modelling magazines I have ever seen!
those of you who are familiar with the French publication - "Replic" - you will immediately see the comparitive
similarities in layout, design and quality between both magazines. The
major difference being that "Sky Model Magazine" is printed thankfully in english (not the bastardised version either)
Possibly the only other magazine I have seen which comes close to the
format and quality used in "Sky Model Magazine" would be a publication familiar to armour modellers' called - "AFV
This magazine is 100% top quality !
The first thing that struck me about
the magazine, was the glossy high quality paper/card used on the covers
and pages. You could just tell that this was going to be a class act
in the very first instance and I wasn't to be disappointed.
What about content ? Well, I can tell
you the content is equally superb too. I guess interest in a particular
magazine or publication is directly related to the individual's preference
in subject matter. So, having said that - I believe this magazine attempts
to address these issues by providing informative and broad subject material,
which should aim to please even the most discerning modeller.
The magazine consists of 67 pages and
is printed on high quality glossy paper. The whole magazine is published
in colour and the formatting makes for very easy reading - which is
ever so important when attempting to cross reference illustrations with
text - especially with constructional features.
Obviously, the magazine concentrates
solely upon aircraft modelling. Every major scale is catered for and
the publishers appear to have gone to great lengths in order to reproduce
illustrations and images to the highest quality. There is an 'Aircraft
Data' section which deals with the history of a particular aeroplane
and provides the modeller with 'scale' plans, which can be enlarged
by the appropriate ratio to achieve your desired scale (observing copyright
laws of course).
In each issue, there are usually six
(6) 'Assembly' articles, one (1) 'Aircraft Data' section, one (1) 'History'
segment, with the remainder consisting of "Regulars" such
as - 'Reviews', 'Decals', 'Photoetch' and 'News'.
The fact that this magazine is published
in Italy does not detract from its ability to present text in well written
english. The only gripe I have, is that it is published only on a quarterly
There is nothing worse than paying $14.00
- $15.00 AUD for a monthly imported modelling magazine which contains
models that take on the appearance of having been constructed by a 4
year old using polysealant and dulux house paint ! - I think some of
you might know the publication/s I refer to ?
Well, I can assure you that "Sky Model Magazine" exists firmly at the other end of the spectrum - the models presented
here are simply supurb. The techniques used are clearly described and
illustrated - presented in an uncomplicated format.
Do I sound impressed by this magazine
? ... My oath I am !!!
At present there is no Australian importer/distributor,
so you will have to consider subscribing direct if you wish to obtain
the magazine on a regular basis.
Many, many thanks to Mr. Thomas
Abbondi for the review example.
some page examples...
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All images copied and reproduced with permission.