Airfix Model World – Issue 149 – April 2023
English | 118 pages | pdf | 34.46 MB
If any of you have read AMW’s sister publication Hornby Magazine, then you’ll know there are quite a few celebrity railway modellers… and that got me thinking, where are all those A-list modellers?
I already knew of actor Henry Cavill’s interest in wargaming figures, plus comedians Al Murray and Chris Barrie, who both indulge in building armour, but I was curious to find the scale modelling equivalents of Pete Waterman and Rod Stewart. A recent office discussion pointed to an online article on renowned film director Guillermo del Toro (I knew there was a reason I liked his films!) on how he regularly got together with several other famous directors for kit-building sessions. All this made me wonder – as it’s rumoured that Ronald Reagan built model ships in his spare time – does Robert Downey Jr take time to build an Iron Man figure perhaps? I’d be interested in knowing whether there are other celebrities who build – if one of you reads this, send in a photo of your model!
Back to Airfix Model World magazine issue, and we’ve started a new series of standalone reference articles with a modelling focus; we begin with Baltic-deployed A-10C Warthogs (ideal with Academy’s upcoming kit in mind), operating in support of NATO attempts to reassure those countries in the face of Russia’s ongoing more assertive posture.
Airfix’s re-worked 1/72 Mosquito makes the cover this month, with the new release replicating the reconnaissance PR.XVI variant… and speaking of new products, there’s also an in-depth report on this year’s Nuremburg Toy
Fair, which returns after a three-year break. New toolings abound in this issue, from AFV Club’s 1/48 U-2A and a samescale Z-526AFS from Eduard to two from Revell: its splendid 1/72 F-15E Strike Eagle and, arguably everyone’s favourite Star Wars character at present, ‘Baby Yoda’ (aka Grogu) in 1/3 scale.
Stu Fone, Editor