Aviation-related Magazines Guide
||Issues per Year: 12
|First Year: 1935
||Last Year: 2001
Publisher: Model & Allied Publications Ltd
Country: United Kingdom Language: English
Main Genre: modelling
Exclusively Aviation?: No
‘Aero Modeller’ (or Aeromodeller) was for decades the premier magazine for flying model aircraft. The first issue was dated November 1935. At its peak during the 1950s and 1960s it progessively absorbed a number of rivals, being called ‘Aero Modeller now incorporating Model Aircraft’ by February 1966, and ‘Aero Modeller incorporating the Model Aeroplane Constructor and Model Aircraft’ by 1968.
Alongside the many features related to aeromodelling, each issue typically included one or two features on full-size aircraft. These usually centred around the famous series of scale plans for which the magazine was justly famous. Multi-part series such as ‘Famous Biplanes’ and ‘Aircraft Described’ ran across the centre pages and featured b+w photographs, detail sketches and a brief description alongside the multi-view scale drawings. In the early 1960s it also included a regular Q & A feature run by Air-Britain called ‘Sign Post’ which mostly concerned aircraft markings. This was later replaced by a series concentrating on aeromodelling. Some issues also included aircraft colour profiles on the inside back cover. During the 1960s the magazine averaged 38-44 pages per issue, with many b+w photos and line drawings and sketches.
After the plastic modelling magazine ‘Scale Models’ was launched by the same publisher in 1969, the coverage of full-size aircraft declined. During the 1980s and 1990s the magazine lost readers to more colourful rival titles and was eventually acquired by another publisher. In February 2001 it temporarily ceased publication, before being re-born as a supplement to aeromodelling magazine ‘Aviation Modeller International’ in the hands of yet another publisher.
Publishers: Model Aeronautical Press Ltd 1935-1969, Model & Allied Publications Ltd 1969-19??, Nexus Special Interest Publishing ?? – Feb 2001, Model Activity Press Ltd June 2001 – present.
Editorial Director: D J Laidlaw-Dickson, Editor: R G Moulton.
[*] Contents Listing, January 1946 – December 1959
[*] Contents Listing, January 1960 – December 1971
Further information: website: Model Activity Press
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