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New Review: The Weathering Aircraft Issue 16. Rarities

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Frank Landrus
AMMO by Mig Jimenez

The Weathering Aircraft is an offshoot of Mig Jimenez' The Weathering Magazine, a specialized publication designed for modelers of all skill levels and subjects. Each issue delivers to you, the most advanced weathering techniques and the related products used to achieve incredible results.

The Weathering Aircraft latest release is focused on Rarities.  Rarities as used in this issue refers to extremely unusual schemes for a particular aircraft.  This sixteenth issue is a magazine soft cover of 72 gloss pages (including the covers). The front cover features a color photo of Karim Bibi's Wingnut Wings Early Halberstadt in Royal Prussian Schlasta 21 markings; "3 Martha & Else".  This magazine is all about color and I counted 346 glossy color photographs and one black and white photograph.  This issue opens up with a loving tribute to Mig Jimenez's wife, Elizabeth Wiese, who passed on 30-December 2019 to cancer far too soon.  Elizabeth was instrumental in creating The Weathering Magazine and The Weathering Aircraft.  The contents include the following:

  • Elizabeth Wiese Obituary
  • Rarities [Page 06]
  • Wingnut Wings 1/32 Halberstadt Early by Karim Bibi [Page 14]
  • Trumpeter 1/48 MiG-23 by Michal Dostal [Page 29]
  • Yakolev Yak-1 by Philippe Roger [Page 37]
  • ICM 1/72 Sukhoi Su-27 Flanker by Angel Exposito
  • Hobby Lobby 1/48 Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe Wilma Jeanne by Marek Novacek [Page 49]
  • Kinetic 1/48 F/A-18B Hornet Raider 400 by Mario Serelle
  • Kinetic 1/48 Alenia Aermacchi M-346 by Andrew Brown

 

Each article includes text and color photographs illustrating the many techniques used to achieve the author/builder's work of art.  I consider all of the articles to be quite interesting, but I really enjoyed the cover article on the Wingnut Wings Early Halberstadt.  This particular aircraft, a Halberstadt Cl.II 5720/17 of Schlasta 21 can be seen in a photograph on Wingnut Wings website.  You can clearly see evidence of the airframe's prior paint scheme in the period photograph.  Karim Bibi starts off by painting on the earlier horizontal bar paint scheme, then fading it out before painting on the "3 Martha Else" paint scheme.  He even shows how he made corrections to this effort when the underlying horizontal bars were not as evident as he would have liked.  As in the following articles, paint colors (many show the actual bottle) are cited to leave no doubt on what each artist uses.

I really enjoyed this issue with the step by step process to describe the painting and weathering of each subject.  T is a great way to learn how to improve.  Although I have bought a few digital versions so far, I still enjoy the print versions.  If you own one the previous issues in either The Weathering Magazine or The Weathering Aircraft series, you know what you are getting. If this is your initial entry into this series, you will be quite pleased.  My thanks to AMMO by Mig Jimenez, and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great magazine.

Highly recommended!

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