10 – 9 – 8… The final countdown to liftoff has begun! Join AFM’s “Modelnauts” as they reach towards the stars with a galaxy-sized salute to outer space and beyond! Our cosmic coverage blasts off for the Outer Limits with Saturn LTD’s alien Thetan model kit, and then it’s off to space drift with the cool stylings of Toi Ogunyoko’s futuristic Astronaut kit. Sci-fi Hardware will be front and center with Pegasus’ all new Nautilus sub making a big retro splash and then it’s on to tracking down the Moebius Lost in Space Chariot for some hyper drive detailing. Next, strap on a rocket pack and blast off on a nostalgic adventure with Screamin’s vintage Rocketeer. For the AFM Profile, we gaze at the groundbreaking, Sci-Fi designs of Industria Mechanika, they’re simply out of this world and we’ll profile the interstellar modeler behind it all, Michael Fichtenmayer. Bettie Page gets a robotic make over, and you'll battle Moebius Models' Mars Attacks martian for world supremacy. With issue #56, you'll learn to model a steampunk ray gun, and take the Colour out of Space with a H.P. Lovecraft bronzing tutorial! Heavens to Murgatroid modelers, this issue things are getting a little spacey as we blast you into orbit with some cosmic modeling debris the likes of which will blow your mind! Whether you’re into Aliens, Astronauts, or just plain ole’ kick-ass modeling, space in the place as AFM presents a planet-sized look at the amazing kits that orbit the realm of Sci-Fi & Fantasy!
An editorial from AFM publisher Terry J. Webb.
Our reviewing team takes on an all new batch of resin and vinyl figures.
H.O.R.U.S.: Dan Colonna
Dan takes aim with Resinator Lab’s Harmonic Oscillator Reactor Ultraviolet System.
BETTIE BOT: Jeff Camp
James Hakola’s Jiggy Bot gets its wires crossed with Bettie Page!
H.P. LOVECRAFT:George Stephenson
George gives Blackheart Enterprises’s H.P. tribute bust a bronze patina.
FINDING NEMO: Dave Prosser
Capt’n Dave dives in deep with the Nautilus from Pegasus Models!
MARS ATTACKS!: Jon Giancola
Attention Earthlings you’ll tremble in fear as Jon battles a new styrene release from Moebius Models!
IT CAME FROM THE GARAGE: Terry J. Webb
The latest releases on the Garage Kit scene.
THE LOST IN SPACE CHARIOT: Lars Liljeblad
Lars customizes the heck out of Moebius Model’s Chariot kit!
AFM PROFILE - INDUSTRIA MECHANIKA: Terry J. Webb
Terry interviews hobby kit innovator Micheal Fichtenmayer.
SPACE PIONEER: Thad Rhodes
Thad orbits Toi Ogunyoku’s Astronaut!
THE ARCHITECTS OF FEAR: Steve Riojas
The Outer Limits’ Thetan becomes our cover subject thanks to the talents of Steve Riojas!
THE ROCKETEER!: Gordon Oberman
Mr. Oberman jets off with Dave Stevens’ retro hero!
Plastic is fantastic and boy howdy don’t we know it! Next time around 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 Dr. Syn 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 slated to be featured will be kits by Pegasus Hobbies and Atlantis Models and much more, so get set all you slap-happy modelers, AFM #57 is going to seriously get drastic for plastic 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!