Wise Owl Worldwide Publications

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Address5674 El Camino Real
Suite D
Carlsbad, CA
Phone(760) 603-9768
Fax(760) 603-9769

Distributes a wide variety of hobby and military-interest magazines in North America, including:

  • Armour Modelling
    • Edited by the well-known military author Pat Ware and published by the Kelsey Publishing Group (UK), Classic Military Vehicle showcases the fascinating world of military hardware with more full-color pages than any other military vehicle title. The quality of the photographs is stunning and the articles are written in an easy to follow and enjoyable format with just the right amount of techincal information. Regular features include finds and restoration projects, manufacturer histories, vintage and contemporary equipment, tests and profiles, museum round-ups, show listings and reports, military news, club and auction reports, scale models, uniforms and a free military vehicle mart. With authoritative contributors such as Brian Baxter, David Fletcher, Richard Grevatte-Ball, Nigel Hay, Shaun Connors and Bob Morrison, Classic Military Vehicle magazine provides the knowledgeable enthusiast with the information needed to keep current on this fascinating subject. First published in June 2001.
    • Military Illustrated, from Publishing News Ltd. (England), is a monthly publication filled with fully illustrated articles resulting from in-depth research by leading experts. Both covers and contents include superb color plates by famous illustrators. Subjects include uniforms and insignia, equipment and weapons, units, battles, and personalities, from ancient times to the present. No matter what your specific military interest is, there is no doubt that you will find Military Illustrated to be a fascinating and useful reference.
    • Military Machines - This new 68 page, full color monthly magazine from Model Activity Press (U.K.) is aimed fairly and squarely at the increasing numbers of enthusiasts taking an active interest in the collecting and restoration of ex-military vehicles. In addition to those already participating in the hobby, Military Machines International will introduce this fascinating world to those who may have only dreamed of owning their own military vehicle, providing information on the purchase and restoration of all types of military vehicles. Magazine features include: vehicle buying guides and advice; features on many types of vehicles from WWI to modern day, from wheeled vehicles to tanks and tracked armor; long term vehicle restoration stories; visits to places of interest, including museums, dealer's yards, MV shows, manufacturers and defense equipment exhibitions; help and advice on restoration techniques and equipment appraisals; regular updates of on-going restoration projects around the country; reader's letters and news pages; “new finds” feature; book reviews; archive features; military vehicles in civilian service, and free classified advertisements. All of this information will be presented in a highly pictorial, full color format, unique in its market sector. Editor Ian Young, has owned and been involved with military vehicles for many years. Under his capable leadership, readers can expect to enjoy the very best and most up to date information gathered from around the globe by a team with its finger on the pulse of the hobby. Likewise military model makers and historians will be able to use the publication as a valuable reference source.
    • Military Modelcraft International from Model Activity Press (England) is a relatively new, but exciting, monthly magazine for military modelers and enthusiasts. The full-color illustrations and detailed articles provide the modeler with the necessary knowledge to super-detail and paint the newest military vehicle and figure kits. Regular features include hints, tips and techniques, small-scale vehicle news, photo spreads on full-size military vehicles, reviews of the latest kit releases, show dates, and reviews of books and other reference material. Every modeler interested in keeping up-to-date on the latest in the hobby will want to read every issue of this great magazine.
    • Military Modelling from Nexus Special Interests (England) is one of the world's leading magazines for military modelers, enthusiasts and historians. Published fifteen times per year, the full-color illustrations and detailed articles provide information on figure building and painting, military vehicles, both full-size and scale models, as well as historical information for military uniform enthusiasts and historians. Both the historian and the modeler find Military Modelling to be a valued addition to their reference libraries.
    • Military Vehicle Modeller from Guildhall Leisure Services Ltd. (England) covers selected topics, including scratch-building - with plans where possible; conversions - both commercially available and "homemade;" straight-build and detailed builds, dioramas, as well as old and new kit reviews. Published six times per year, feature articles are enhanced with historical facts, photos, profiles, color and marking information, as well as both interior and exterior details. Color is used throughout the magazine to enhance the presentation of the well-researched subjects. If you are into military vehicles, this a magazine you will not want to miss.
  • Aircraft Modelling
    • 21st Century Plastic Modeller is a new magazine from PAMAG Publications, long-time publisher of Plastic Kit Constructor magazine. This new magazine will focus on lower-priced aircraft kits from the major kit manufacturers (Airfix, Revell, Matxhbox, Italeri) that are readily available for newcomers to the hobby and budget-conscious modelers. Sections of the magazine will be devoted to help for newcomers, kit reviews, and how-to-build articles. Each issue will contain a scale plans feature. The majority of subjects will be 1/72 scale kits of aircraft of the major world powers, with occasional coverage of the larger scales and smaller countries.
    • Aircraft Modeller International from Guildhall (England) is the result of the merger of the two very popular Quarter Scale Modeller and 72nd Scale Modeller magazines. Now produced six times a year in full color, each issue contains modeling articles in both scales, as well as photo pages and reviews of recent kits, accessories, book, decals, etc.
    • Insignia, a quarterly publication from Blue Rider Publishing (England), presents an offbeat view on military aviation, with emphasis on aircraft colors and markings of the lesser-known air arms of the world, including details on insignia and profiles showing colors and markings. Each 36-page issue features well-researched articles on unique subjects with relevant details and drawings. Each issue includes a small decal sheet appropriate to one of the subjects covered in the issue. This is a great magazine for modelers with an interest in the historical, as well as the unusual, aspects of the hobby.
    • Mushroom Model Publications (England) brings us Mushroom Model Magazine, a titillating quarterly whose aim is to cover aircraft modeling topics mainstream magazines are unlikely to cover. The approach of Roger Wallsgrove and his all-volunteer editorial team is summed up by their motto, "Not taking serious modeling too seriously." Recent issues have had only a single page of advertising, leaving the entire remainder of the magazine available for editorial material. Kit and book reviews can be painfully honest, and so may give totally different impressions of the review subject than will be found in other publications. The quality of the magazine is continuously improving; so don't delay adding this terrific publication to your reference library.
    • PAMAG Publication's (England) Plastic Kit Constructor focuses exclusively on researching and building plastic aircraft kits, both vintage kits and current releases. Features include "sketch pad," showing details of various aircraft, kit and product reviews, scale drawings, construction articles, and tools and techniques.
    • Scale Aircraft Modelling from Guideline Publications (England) covers selected topics, including detailed aircraft articles with historical facts, photos, profiles, and marking; fabric and color; aircraft interior/ exterior details; camouflage and markings; and news on plastic kits and accessories. Color is used throughout the magazine to enhance the presentation of the well-researched subjects.
    • Scale Aviation Modeller International from SAM Publications (England) covers pre-WWI to present-day topics. Featured in this monthly publication are detailed articles on building selected plastic, resin and mixed-media kits, as well as items on construction methods, modeling techniques, and archive photos. As a bonus, each issue includes news, previews, and reviews on dozens of new products, including kits, accessories, decals and books. Color is used on nearly every page to enhance both photos and artwork. As a bonus, each issue includes news, previews, and reviews on dozens of new products, including kits, accessories, decals and books. Color is used on nearly every page to enhance both photos and artwork.
    • Tamiya Model Magazine International, now published bi-monthly by ADH (England), updates the modeler on the newest kits from Tamiya as well as other model kit manufacturers. Full-color articles give all the information necessary to make prize-winning models from recently released kits. Aircraft, boats, ships, tanks, cars, trucks, motorcycles and figures are all covered in full color. No modeler should be without this superb magazine.
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This entry last updated on 21 June 2008

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