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AK Interactive

Aces High Magazine Issue 8 Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2016 Title Aces High Magazine Issue 8
Author Multiple Publisher AK Interactive
Published 2016 ISBN N/A
Format 82 pages, softbound MSRP (Euro) 9€

Review

If you've read some of my recent discussions and reviews, we've talked about the growing range of products and references that have targeted the armor and AFV modeler. One of the more interesting aspects of this trend is that the major portion of this momentum is coming from Spain. There are at least three different paint companies from Spain that have produced armor colors, modulators, washes, pigments, oils, etc. More recently there have been a few nice titles starting to teach this art form to the aircraft modeler. What happens when you combine a paint company with a publishing house? You have AK Interactive.

AK Interactive has released Issue 8 of their Aces High magazine, this one focused on captured aircraft. In this issue, we have the following projects to closely examine:

  • P-51B Mustang (1/48 Tamiya)
  • Pfalz D.III (1/32 Wingnut Wings)
  • Ju 87D-3 Stuka (1/48 Hasegawa)
  • MiG-21F-13 Fishbed (1/48 Trumpeter)
  • Fw 190A-5 (1/48 Eduard)
  • Su-25 Frogfoot (1/48 KP/Masterline)
  • VW Type 166 Schwimmwagen (1/48 Tamiya)

Each of these articles provides some different techniques and approaches to painting and finishing scale models. This magazine is printed in English (a Spanish edition is also available) and printed on very high quality paper stock so these pages will endure quite a bit of use without wear. You'll only find nine pages of advertising in this title including the back cover and inside front cover, so you're paying for substance, not advertisements.

As with previous issues, each article provides a wealth of painting, finishing and weathering techniques which will transform your own modeling from bland to masterpiece. The Su-25 article, for example, deals with developing a well-worn look without making the model look like a derilict. The P-51B provides excellent ideas for bare metal finishes and weathering. One of my weak areas is working with rigging and the Pfalz article will be getting a much closer look soon.

This is one of those publications that you'll want to keep on your shelf for future reference. Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Aces High Magazine for this review copy!