Plastic is fantastic and boy howdy don’t we know it! This issue, AFM is heading out on a safari, a styrene safari that is, and we’re out to track down all the latest and greatest injection molded kits and throwin’ them on the bench. Things are off to a fun and creepy start with a trip to 1313 Mocking Bird Lane to see what Moebius’ ‘Herman’ and ‘Grandpa’ “Munster” kits have brewing in the lab. Then prepare for a wild ride through the dark marshes of Romney with a marauding, customized ‘Scarecrow’ conversion straight out of Hell. Next catch some waves with an amazing “Batboat” water diorama that makes a ‘joke’ out of ‘Batman’ and ‘Robin,’ and then prepare to get thoroughly soaked by the ‘Gillman’ as he rides to the Black Lagoon on custom crafted Jet Ski. Comic book fans will geek out in pleasure with the heavy metal pairing of Moebius’ “Iron Man” and “Warhammer” kits while Polar Lights’ all new “Superman” breaks free of the ties that bind. Spearheading our Drastic Plastic coverage will be an insider’s look into Round 2’s massive corporate world of modeling brands such as AMT, MPC, Lindberg and Polar Lights. Also featured will be Gorgo from Monarch Models, Blackbeard from Atlantis Models, the Forbidden Planet Saucer, and much more; so get set all you slap-happy modelers, AFM #57 is going to seriously get drastic for plastic making all your styrene dreams come true with a parade of customized, kit bashed creations guaranteed to snap off your sprues and squeeze the ol’ glue tube dry! All this and so much more from your figure model buds who put the ‘Zing’ in Amazing!
An editorial from AFM publisher David Fisher.
Our reviewing team takes on an all new batch of resin and vinyl figures.
THE SCARECROW OF ROMNEY MARSH: Tom Hering
You’ll enter a world of Syn, Dr. Syn that is, with Tom Hering’s masked vigilante The Scarecrow!
BLACKBEARD: Jon Giancola
Jon gets Atlantis Model’s classic Aurora re-release into ship-shape condition!
MODELMANIA™: THE CREATURE’S BEACH BLASTER: David Fisher
David makes waves with another monster hot rod kit-bash!
SUPERMAN: Jeff Camp
Kryptonite ain’t got nothing on Jeff Camp for flattening out Polar Light’s Superman!
THE BATBOAT: Jim Duffy
Surf’s Up with a custom Batboat diorama from Jim Duffy that makes some waves!
IT CAME FROM THE GARAGE: Terry J. Webb
The latest releases on the Garage Kit scene.
FORBIDDEN PLANET SAUCER: Mark Myers
Glide over to Altair IV in Mark Myers’ sleek C-57D Space Cruiser!
GORGO: Steve Riojas
Steve goes on a London rampage with the latest kit from Monarch Models!
AFM PROFILE - ROUND 2: Jim Bertges
This issue Jim spotlights hobby leaders Round 2 / Polar Lights!
WELCOME TO THE MACHINE: Dave Prosser
Dave brings Moebius Model’s Ironman and War Machine kits into Stark reality!
THE MUNSTERS: Steve Riojas
Steve sees what’s on the slab in the lab with Moebius Models’ Grandpa and Herman Munster kits!
Brace yourselves for a nonstop Fantasy Art Attack as our next issue leaps off a flat canvas and onto your waiting workbench with a dazzling array of 3-D model kits based on traditional 2-D paintings. Holy transitional mediums! We did it once and because it turned out so good, we’re doing it again! Illustrated art has never looked better than when combined with AFM’s talented writing staff and their perfectly pigmented palettes. Our Model Gallery Tour of Fine Art begins with a Frazetta classic, Resin in Motion’s “Swamp Demon” and continues with another fantasy favorite, Ken Kelly’s “Delisle and Thandos” as kitted by Resin Realities. Filmy’s Girls will be blasting off with their “pin-up style resin goodness” in tow along with Simon Eckert’s slick space babe, “Stella.” Meanwhile, orbiting in the distance will be Industria Mechanika’s and Sci-Fi artist Derek Stennings’ futuristically bleak “Dystopic” masterpiece. Long time toy, hobby and statue sculptor Tony Cipriano gets to bask in the AFM spotlight where he’ll share his thoughts, work and experiences in building an amazing 20 plus year career as a free-lance artist. All this and plenty more 3-D modeling madness is coming your way in an issue that’s guaranteed to be suitable for framing! So grab an easel Pierre, as well as some paint and get set to brush stroke for the greater glory of the Illustrated Arts with AFM’s Issue #58, Fantasy Art Attack, Part 2!