Monday, April 5, 2021


More news from the monster model front, folks. In what can only be called another Covid Casualty is AMAZING FIGURE MODELER magazine, whose publishers have recently announced that they are going all digital. Like many other magazines, sales are suffering from lockdowns and crappy distribution. At least they're hanging in there.

AFM is a great magazine if you are at all interested in genre model kit building. It is also informative and the photos are sharp, crisp, and colorful. WOM is asking that you support them by ordering their latest issue HERE.

Here's the notice from the AFM website:

Attention Modelers, Readers and Subscribers of Amazing Figure Modeler  Magazine-

To all Amazing Figure Modeler readers:
Two thousand-twenty was the most challenging year Amazing Figure Modeler  had endured in our twenty-six year history. The Covid-19 Pandemic brought many unforeseen interruptions and challenges to our business model. We’ve facing numerous problems on many fronts, but the biggest obstacle for AFM is that our newsstand distribution was halted last February, forcing us to reduce our print run and rely on smaller, individual hobby distributors and diminished retail options. After two attempts to weather the storm, it was sadly apparent AFM could not survive as a printed publication. It actually costs more to print less, and with limited outlets to sell the magazine, we cannot survive in this current marketplace.  

While we know this is sad news for AFM and its readers, it is said when one door closes, another opens! We at AFM refuse to go down without a fight, so we are announcing the continuation of Amazing Figure Modeler magazine as an all-digital publication.  What does this mean? It means the same quality of modeling instruction you’ve come to expect from us, but now we are not limited by page count restrictions. We can present larger photos and more in-depth instruction. We are even exploring the addition of short video clips and other technologies to make AFM an even more exciting and immersive experience for our readers. 

If you know anything about the history of AFM, then you know we’re staunch supporters of scale modeling in all forms, and that we’ve always been in it for the long haul! We need your support as we make this transition. Please join our mailing list to keep updated on upcoming issue releases. We will send out email notifications when a new issue is ready to download. AFM digital issues will be a .pdf file, so you will need some sort of software that will open .pdf files. You probably already have one; if not, there are many free PDF readers (Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit Reader are two readily available programs) that you can download for that purpose. 

Moving forward, for now, we are suspending new subscriptions or renewals until all the current subscriptions run out or are settled. Retail costs for new digital copies of AFM will be $10.00 for everyone regardless of where in the world you reside. This will be a plus to all our overseas subscribers who for years, have had to absorb pricey international postage fees!

Thank you for all your years of support.

Terry J. Webb, Publisher/Editor            
David Fisher, Publisher/Art Director
Amazing Figure Modeler

And here's the info on their latest issue, #71:

It’s finally here! Our first-ever all digital issue of Amazing Figure Modeler magazine!  Break out your hair gel and squeeze into your parachute pants as AFM has set the way-back machine for circa 1980-1989. The ‘80s were a great decade, especially for horror and sci-fi fans, and we touch upon many of the best subjects the decade had to offer. Charlie Robson puts the freeze on John Carpenter’s masterful remake of The Thing, and David Fisher takes another run at Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Neal DeConte jabs and stabs his way through a particularly fervent ‘80s genre: the slasher film, while Terry Webb interviews Screamin’ Models’ Daniel Fay about the late ‘80s resurgence of horror model kits. Next, Jason Walker pirates The Goonies, and Dave Prosser lands The James Bond of monsters, The Predator! Fred DiSanto punches his ticket to The Funhouse, and Larry Brackney finds Big Trouble in Little China, while Steve Riojas casts a spell over Meg Mucklebones from Ridley Scott’s Legend. If that weren’t enough, Paul Schiola discusses the ends and outs of kit production, Davide Decina makes his Escape From New York, and sculptor Mike Maddi begins a multi-part article on creating a stop motion figure. If that’s not enough to get you started, Yoshio Masataka models the dangerous curves of Vampirella, and of course, all the news and reviews that are fit to print! 

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