Jets (4)

Description

‘Jets’ was a full-colour glossy magazine focusing on civil and military jet-powered aircraft from the dawn of the jet age to the present day. Turboprop and rocket-powered aircraft were also included. Each issue featured a classic cutaway line drawing from ‘The Aeroplane’ collection, together with colour profile drawings and numerous photographs.

Originally launched as ‘Jets Monthly‘, with effect From the September/October 2012 issue (No.19), the magazine became known simply as ‘Jets’, the switch to bi-monthly publication rendering the ‘Monthly’ in the old title redundant. Technically, the change in title should have been reflected in a change in ISSN, but this appears not to have happened.

In September 2014 Key Publishing acquired the aviation magazine portfolio from Kelsey Publishing, including ‘Jets’. After the July/August 2016 issue (No. 46) the magazine was incorporated into ‘Aviation News‘ and ceased publication.

Publishing History

First issue on sale September 2012. Published bi-monthly until issue No.46 (July/August 2016), after which it ceased publication.
The editor was Steve Bridgewater.

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

Some digital back issues are still available on Pocketmags.

Special Issues

No special issues were produced.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]
Jets Home page
Key Publishing acquires Kelsey
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Facebook: Jets Magazine

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Jets Monthly

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Description

‘Jets Monthly’ focused on our civil aviation heritage from the 1950s onwards, reflecting the birth of jet-engined aircraft and the subsequent dominance of our skies. Aside from iconic civil planes such as Concorde, the magazine also looked at memorable military jets such as the Harrier and Hunter.

Each issue contained the very latest jet-related news, as well as features examining in-depth some of the most astonishing and elegant aircraft to have ever streaked across the sky. ‘Jets Monthly’ covered both modern and historical jets, giving equal space to both, and featured significant coverage of military jet aircraft from the present and the past. This magazine also covered preservation and restoration, as well as comparisons between classics, reports ‘From the Cockpit’ and featured some excellent photography.

After the August 2012 issue the magazine became bi-monthly, dropping the ‘Monthly’ from the title and continuing just as ‘Jets‘.

Publishing History

First issue dated March 2011. Published monthly until issue No.18 (August 2012), after which it became the bi-monthly ‘Jets’.
The editor was Steve Bridgewater.

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

Some digital back issues are still available on Pocketmags.

Special Issues

No special issues were produced.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]
Jets Home page
Magazine Exchange
Facebook: Jets Magazine

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Further Information:
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Model Aircraft Monthly

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Description

‘Model Aircraft Monthly’ is a scale modelling magazine which concentrates on providing reference information on full-size aircraft. It aims to provide the material which modellers need to complete accurate and detailed scale models. Each issue includes feature articles, scale plans, detail photos and colour artwork of specific aircraft types. In addition, new products of interest to the modeller are covered in each issue.

A glossy A4 size magazine with 64 pages in each issue. Illustrated by many colour photos and some b+w photos. The centre-spread takes the form of a fold-out 8-page section of scale line drawings and b+w cockpit illustrations. From 2003 the ‘Model’ part of the title was presented in very small letters, so that it appeared to be called ‘Aircraft Monthly’. From April 2006 the three words of the title had equal emphasis again. In 2009 the magazine was renamed ‘Military Aircraft Monthly’, and gained the suffix ‘International’ later in the same year. Under this title is became an aircraft magazine rather than a modelling magazine. In 2011 the magazine reverted back to ‘Model Aircraft’ – without the Monthly. With effect from the July 2016 issue, the original title was fully restored – ‘Model Aircraft Monthly’.

Publishing History

After a pilot issue dated November 2001, the first monthly issue was dated January 2002. Published monthly to the present day.
The editor ?? (2001-2004), Neil Robinson (2004-December 2008), ? (2009-2011), Andy Evans (2011-present).

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

No digital versions of back issues appear to be available.

Special Issues

No special issues have been produced.

Further information

WorldCat
SAM Publications
Magazine Exchange
Dave Knight’s Weblog

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Aviation News (2)

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Description

Effective with the July 2002 issue, the long established magazine ‘Air Pictorial‘ was renamed ‘Aviation News’. This is a monthly aviation magazine devoted to commercial, civil, military and historic aircraft, catering mainly to the aviation enthusiast, whether professional or amateur. The content includes up-to-date information on modern aviation together with comprehensive articles on aircraft history and preservation. The pictorial nature of the publication makes extensive use of photographs, illustrations and drawings throughout. Each issue contains regular features — Civil Scene, NATO and European Notes, Commercial Fleet Changes, Register Review, Air Books, Air Letters, Airport Movements, US Military News. Feature articles include scale plans, airline and air force profiles, air show reports, military and civil aviation history, and much more.

In March 2010 ‘Aviation News’ was brought by Key Publishing from the previous publisher – HPC Publishing. In subsequent years it absorbed and incorporated a number of rivals – ‘Classic Aircraft‘ from the January 2013 issue and ‘Jets‘ from the August 2016 issue.

Publishing History

First issue dated July 2002. Published monthly to the present day.
The editor is Dino Carrara.

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

A digital version of the magazine has been available on Pocketmags from the October 2010 sssue. No digital versions of earlier back issues appear to be available.

Special Issues

No special issues were produced.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]
Magazine Exchange
Aviation News
Pocketmags
Key Publishing acquires Aviation News

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Scale Models International

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Description

‘Scale Models’ was launched as a spin-off from ‘Aero Modeller’ magazine, 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. 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. In the UK market is was the main rival to ‘Airfix Magazine’, which it gradually overhauled and surpassed.

From an aircraft modellers point of view, the May-November 1973 issues of ‘Scale Models’ were a low point when the title was revised to ‘Scale Models incorporating Model Cars’, and the magazine wasted considerable page 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.

From mid 2005 it went through an appalling period when nearly every issue featured a car on the front cover. From the May 2005 issue the main title was simplified to just the initials ‘SMI’, and with effect from the October 2005 issue, the additional subtitle ‘Scale Models Collector’ was introduced. The last issue to appear under the ‘SMI’ title was July 2008. The last three issues showed a definite move towards military vehicle modelling, and in August 2008 the publisher launched ‘Scale Military Modeller International’ as a companion to ‘Scale Aviation Modeller’ and replacement for ‘SMI’. In fact the first few issues of ‘Scale Military Modeller International’ carried the gold label “Scale Models – 38 years of excellence”, in a reference to its predecessor.

Publishing History

First issue dated October 1969. Published monthly until its demise in July 2008.
Publisher: Model & Allied Publications Ltd 1969-1984 [ISSN 0036-5432], Argus Specialist Publications/Argus Press Group 1984-1994 [0269-834X], SAM Publications 1995-2008.

Editors: R G Moulton October 1969-August 1976, R L (Ray) Rimell September 1976-1983, Kelvin Barber 1984-Feb 2001, Richard Franks Nov 2001-?, Nick Wigman ?-2008.

Contents/Issues Produced

See the Wikipedia link below for contents listings of the earlier issues.
[*] Contents Listing, 1969 – 1979
[*] Contents Listing, 1980 – 1989

Digital Access

No digital versions of back issues appear to be available.

Special Issues

Only a couple of special issues were produced “Warplane Special” and “Aircraft from the Battle of Britain”.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]
Sprue Brothers
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Scale Aircraft Modelling

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Description

‘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.

Publishing History

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.

Contents/Issues Produced

[*] Contents Listing, 1978 – 1989
[*] Contents Listing, 1990 – 1999
[*] Contents Listing, 2000 – 2009
[*] Contents Listing, 2010 – 2019

Digital Access

Since September 2014, a digital version of the magazine has been available on Magzter.
Digital versions of some back issues appear to be available on the Internet Archive site.

Special Issues

A series of special issues were produced under the title ‘Combat Colours’, focusing on camouflage and markings.

Further information

WorldCat
official website

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Vintage News

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Description

The Vintage Aircraft Club is a supporting body for owners, restorers, pilots and enthusiasts of vintage light aircraft. The present Vintage Aircraft Club has developed from the Vintage Aircraft Group, which was formed in 1964. The change of name in 1974 reflected the expanding membership and scope of the club. The VAG published a quarterly newsletter called ‘Vintage News’ from 1964 which was continued under the VAC. In 1984 this newsletter was replaced by an annual full colour 64-page A4 size magazine also called ‘Vintage News’, and a black and white A5 sized quarterly Newsletter. ‘Vintage News’ was published in November each year and covered the events and items of interest relating to the VAC. Both publications were replaced by ‘Vintage and Classic’ magazine in 2013.

Publishing History

First issue available 1964. Published quarterly until Vol.18 No.4 (Autumn/Winter 1983) when it moved to an annual publication. After the 2012 issue publication ceased.
The editor is unknown.

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

No digital versions of back issues appear to be available.

Special Issues

No special issues were produced.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]
Vintage Aircraft Club
Club Magazine

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Vintage Aircraft

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Description

‘Vintage Aircraft’ was one of the first magazines dedicated to preserved aircraft. It covered the whole aircraft preservation scene – preserved aircraft, pilot’s impressions of historic aircraft etc. It was an A4 size publication with 32 pages in each issue.

Publishing History

First issue dated July 1976. Published quarterly until issue no.36 (January-March 1986) after which it ceased publication.
The editors were Gordon Riley and Bob Ogden.

Contents/Issues Produced

[*] Contents Listing, Issues 1-36

Digital Access

No digital versions of back issues appear to be available.

Special Issues

No special issues were produced.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]

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Airfix Magazine

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Description

‘Airfix Magazine’ was the first UK magazine dedicated to the new hobby of plastic modelling, and was launched at the start of the nineteen-sixties with the full support of the well known model kit company, Airfix Products Ltd. Initially published in a near-A5 size format with 32-48 pages each, this was enlarged to a ‘three-quarters of A4’ size in September 1963 with 40-50 pages each, and to full A4 size in January 1976 with 56-60 pages each. Each issue comprised modelling news and feature articles, with many illustrations comprising black and white photos, scale line drawings and tone profile drawings. It tried to cover the full range of scale modelling topics including railways, ships, vehicles, aircraft, military figures etc. Despite being endorsed by Airfix, it was impartial in its editorial content and featured kits from other manufacturers.

The magazine became well known for several authoritative and long running series on aircraft markings, including: RAF Fighting Colours, RAF Bombing Colours, Squadron Codes etc. Leading writers included Bruce Robertson, Micheal J.F. Bowyer and Alan W. Hall. It was very succesful in the early years in building interest in the hobby, but during the 1970s it had to contend with an increasing number of rival scale modelling magazines. After 1978 editorial control passed though a number of hands, some of whom chose not to include many of the aircraft modelling features which had earlier been a very popular feature. With the gradual decline in interest in plastic modelling during the 1980s and the erratic editorial content, circulation continued to fall and it ceased publication permanently after the October/November 1993 issue.

Publishing History

First issue dated June 1960. Published monthly until September 1987. Resumed publication with the September 1988 issue, but with the issue counter reset to Volume 1 Number 1. The issues for 1993 carried bi-monthly dates. The last issue was dated October/November 1993.
Publishers: ‘Airfix Magazine’ 1960-1967, PSL Publications Ltd 1967-Sept 1978, Gresham Books Oct 1978-July 1980, Kristall Publications Ltd Aug 1980- Aug 1986, Printwize (Andrew James and David Rosoman) Nov 1986-Sept 1987, Hall Park (Publications) Ltd Sept 1988-1993.

Editors: John Webb June 1960-1961, John Blunsden 1962-1963, Darryl Reach 1963-1966, Chris Ellis 1967-July 1972, Bruce Quarrie August 1972-Sept 1978, Chris Ellis Oct 1978-1983, David Taylor 1984, Ray Rimell 1985-August 1986, James P Wood 1988-1989, Reg Baram 1990-1992, Micheal J Gething 1993.

Contents/Issues Produced

[*] Contents Listing, June 1960 – December 1969
[*] Contents Listing, January 1970 – December 1979
[*] Contents Listing, January 1980 – December 1989
[*] Contents Listing, January 1990 – 1993
[*] Contents Listing, Annuals

Digital Access

Many digital versions of back issues appear to be available on the Internet Archive.

Special Issues

A series of ‘Airfix Magazine Annuals’ was produced betwen 1971 and 1978. In addition, a series of twenty-five A5-size ‘Airfix Magazine guide’ hardback books was also published.

Further information

WorldCat
WorldCat
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Aviation News (1)

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Description

‘Aviation News’ started off as an 8-12 page tabloid (A3 size) newspaper format publication, with a mixture of news, historical and modern feature articles and spotting information. A large scale drawing occupied the centrespread of each issue. Illustrations were entirely in black and white, (and somewhat murky). Lower than expected sales resulted in a decline in paper and printing quality.

From June 1983 it became an A4 size magazine, with improved printing quality and colour covers. The editorial content remained unchanged, although colour photos were introduced later. In this format the page count gradually crept up from about 24 pages to 46 pages. In 1995 it was taken over by HPC Publishing, (who by then owned ‘Air Pictorial’), and reformatted as a pure news and current affairs magazine – the historical articles being transferred to ‘Air Pictorial’. This approach was evidently a failure, as in late 1995 ‘Aviation News’ was closed down and amalgamated into ‘Air Pictorial’ – the first joint issue being January 1996. In 2002 ‘Air Pictorial’ was renamed ‘Aviation News’.

Publishing History

First issue dated 26 May-8 June 1972. Published fortnightly until after Vol.24 No.22 November 18-December 1 1995, when it was merged into ‘Air Pictorial’ January 1996. It is not clear if issues 23 to 26 of Vol.24 were actually published.
The editor was Alan W. Hall.

Contents/Issues Produced

To be added.

Digital Access

No digital versions of back issues appear to be available.

Special Issues

Very few special issues were produced – most notable The Royal Air Force 1985 and an updated ediiton for 1987. Two edtions of the Aviation News Annual were produced – for 1993 and 1994. The same publisher also produced the Warpaint series of books, and the Aviation News Mini Monograph series.

Further information

[No WorldCat entry]
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