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I have a real weakness for modeling magazines. I rarely build models anymore, but I frequently pick up magazines about the hobby, especially military and figure modeling mags, to ogle all of the amazing kits and finished models. I love all of the stuff that’s being done in the custom, small-production resin and vinyl models and scratch building.

I’m at the Maker Media offices this week and found a copy of Model Cars Magazine on one of the worktables. I’ve never been a “car guy,” but it was really fun to go through the issue (from January 2010) and see what the car model kit industry and hobby are up to these days. As in other areas of modeling, specialty kits are big, vintage kit comebacks, impressive scratch building, and stunning levels of finishing and detailing of kits, are all in evidence.

In this issue, one of the articles I got the biggest kick out of was on the AMT Ford Levacar kit, a promo kit version of the late 1950s Ford concept car that was straight out of The Jetsons. The Levacar kit even levitated! It had plastic tubes that you blew into to raise the car. The model, packaging, everything is to die for. Here’s the page about the Levacar kit from Fantastic Plastic:

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Subscriptions to Model Car Magazine are $34.65 for nine issues.

Model Car Magazine

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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