Scale Models International

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Magazine Data

Availability: News-stand           Issues per Year: 12
ISSN: 1475-3391           Barcode:
First Year: 1969           Last Year: current

Publisher: Model & Allied Publications Ltd
Country: United Kingdom         Language: English

Main Genre: modelling
Exclusively Aviation?: No

Status: Current

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First issue dated October 1969. Launched as a spin-off from ‘Aero Modeller’ magazine, (see the entry above), dedicated to scale plastic modelling of all kinds. Areas covered included aircraft, cars, ships, engines, motorbikes and space vehicles – and also armoured vehicles and military figures until the launch of sister-title ‘Military Modelling’ a few years later. Initially just called ‘Scale Models’, the ‘International’ was added to the title some time after 1982. Each issue normally included very good aircraft modelling coverage – especially camouflage and markings details and (in later issues) stunningly detailed scale drawings. Also featured were tone (and later colour) profile drawings and many b+w and colour photos. The main rival to ‘Airfix Magazine’, which it gradually overhauled and surpassed.

From an aircraft modellers point of view, the May-November 1973 issues were a low point when the title was revised to ‘Scale Models incorporating Model Cars’, and the magazine wasted considerable space on toy cars. Fortunately, this revised title was dropped at the end of 1973 and normal service resumed. It gobbled-up another rival when it became ‘Scale Models incorporating World Models’ in July 1978 – fortunately this time without adverse affect. For some strange reason ‘incorporating Model Cars’ reappeared on the cover from the November 1979 issue until the September 1980 issue when ‘incorporating PAM NEWS’ replaced it. ‘PAM News’ was dedicated to scale aircraft modelling and the amalgamation boosted the appeal of the magazine. In December 1980, the cover title reverted to simply ‘Scale Models’. From the August 1983 issue it became ‘Scale Models International’.

By January 1995 (Volume 26) the magazine had been sold to the publishers of ‘Scale Aviation Modeller’. Between 1995 and 2000 the feature articles strongly emphasised aircraft topics, but in early 2001 it ceased publication for 6 months and was then resurrected under the editorship of Richard Franks. From here onwards the aircraft contents declined significantly. The editorial content now primarily consists of in-depth reviews of new kit releases, illustrated by lots of colour photos. No scale drawings or conversion projects are included. The kits featured cover the whole range of available models, including cars, armoured vehicles, ships, sci-fi and aircraft – although aircraft no longer appear in every issue. Volume 33 Issue 394 was dated January 2004.

Publisher: Model & Allied Publications Ltd 1969-1984 [ISSN 0036-5432], Argus Specialist Publications/Argus Press Group 1984-1994 [0269-834X], SAM Publications 1995-present.

Editors: R G Moulton October 1969-August 1976, R L (Ray) Rimell September 1976-1983, Kelvin Barber 1984-Feb 2001, Richard Franks Nov 2001-present?

Further information: website: SAM Publications

[*] Contents Listing, 1969 – 1979
[*] Contents Listing, 1980 – 1989

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