Abrams Squad magazine – the modern armour themed modelling magazine is now in its 16th edition. We got it to read and thought you might want to see what is on offer this issue. Read on if you want to see just what's what in issue 16…
English version (also available in Castellano)
Published by: Pla Editions
Portrait A4 format
Purchase: Directly from Pla Editions as a single issue and as a subscription…
Pla Editions “Abrams Squad” magazine is now in its sixteenth issue. This bi-monthly magazine has proved an interesting (and risky) choice for Pla Editions. Who would have thought that this magazine would do so well and be so popular with modellers? There must be something in these. Let’s have a look…
Let’s go page to page and I will walk you thru what’s in this issue.
The magazine’s editorial is always interesting, the editor is quite open about his thought on the modelling world, but I have not seen negativity or complaining like we sometimes see in some publications. We need more cheerleaders in this hobby, and this editorial sets us off in the right direction.
The first section “Commander’s Display Unit” is a regular section that is a bit of a light review and upcoming news section. We look at four new whole kits in 35th scale, a roller set and some pebbles (of which the text is swapped in my copy) and some other aftermarket and resin sets. This is only ever going to be a light review, so as long as you just want an overview this is good. For those wanting a little more time spent on a review – they have something for that as well.
The build ends pretty quickly, and the wear and tear on the vehicle is a highlight a much as the detailed interior of the cab. The build is excellent in execution and the article is well written.
This next vehicle is pretty interesting to me – the very cool looking ASU-85 was developed during the Cold War as an airborne delivered self-propelled gun that was to be dropped to use by mobile and airborne forces on a mass move over the cold war battlefield. This model is made by a new face to the Abrams Squad Mr. Ivan Momcilovic.
Next, we go into the field for reference in NATO’S “Exercise Anakonda:2016. These recent NATO manoeuvres in June 2016 in Poland. Lots of great pictures of a great many types of vehicles that were really well photographed I should say.
We now turn Japanese with the “Type 74” The regular contributor to the series, Mr Özgür Güner takes on this classic JGSDF MBT is taken to a step up over many people’s expectations.
Next ,we look at something that is of interest right now – the Leopard 2A6NL from Tamiya is built up by Chris Jerret. Chris is a great modeller, and this Dutch big cat is a hard camouflage to make look interesting I think. The three-tone camo needs a lot of contrast and detail to make interesting. This SBS build of the kit tries to show us how to make the difference in our own kit.
To add to this kit’s build, we see Patrick Winnepenninckx file of several Leopard 2A6NL in several situations in their usual working life. The detail shots, the pictures of the vehicle being loaded, driven and worked in close-up and from a distance. Four pages of good reference for Leo fans – and there are many out there.
At the end of this magazine we see “Turret Basket” which is a hint at what is to come hopefully in the future editions of this magazine – It looks rosy! This section also harks back to our editorial…
This is it – another great magazine for modern warfare AFV lovers. This is a well-executed magazine that I like in content, layout and models.
You can get your copy of issue #16 of the Abrams Magazine Directly from Pla Editions or their distributors worldwide as a single issue and as a subscription…