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‘Scale Aircraft Modelling’ magazine was launched as a spin-off from the fortnightly ‘Aviation News’, and was one of the first news-stand titles dedicated solely to scale plastic aircraft modelling. The first eleven issues were printed on rather poor quality paper to keep launch costs down, but glossy paper was soon introduced when it could be justified by circulation figures. Regular features include Aircraft in Detail – concentrating on one aircraft type or operator, (with many profile and markings drawings) – and also unit histories, aircraft markings, interior and close-up photos, kit conversions, modelling tips, kit and decal reviews etc.
An A4 size publication with 48 pages each, many photos and line or tone/colour drawings. Until the mid 1990s, the magazine was printed almost entirely in black & white (apart from a few colour photos to add contrast), but the launch of a much more colourful rival title (‘Scale Aviation Modeller‘) brought forth a major redesign. From 1996 the ‘dowdy’ tone profiles were replaced by colour profile drawings, and colour illustrations soon appeared on nearly every page.
The modern ‘Scale Aircraft Modelling’ is a beautifully designed magazine intended to complement and not compete with information available on the internet.
First issue dated October 1978. Published monthly to the present.
Publishers: Alan W. Hall (Publications) Ltd 1978-1992, Hall Park Publications Limited 1993-1996, Guideline Publications 1996-present.
Managing Editor: Alan W. Hall 1978-1999, Neil Robinson 1999-present.
A series of special issues were produced under the title ‘Combat Colours’, focusing on camouflage and markings.
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