Britain Loves EntertainmentCollectable model magazines
Miniature models are pretty impressive ornaments. We’ve all craved the model James Bond Aston Martin car gliding across the television screen. We’ve witnessed the mini plastic TARDIS replica flying into the night sky on the back of a Dr. Who magazine. We’ve looked in awe and envy at a to-scale reproduction of HMS Victory in our uncle’s garage. When completed these models in miniature always look amazing, making every model enthusiast think: “You know what? I could really do with a miniature Flying Scotsman above the fireplace” and all they have to do is buy a few magazines.
Even better the first issue of these build-a-model magazines are as cheap as chips, retailing at a very generous 99p. So then, on purchase, you have issue number 1 and the first part of your model. You have a new hobby, a goal, and a reason for living. Brilliant. It’s plain sailing with your mini replica boat from here on in. Better check when the next issue is out…
Oh dear. They’ve added a 7 and a decimal point in front of the 99 and, wait for it, there are a total of 80 issues. Yes, just 80 issues and 600 quid later you will have a full model car. Not the best value is it? So the cost of buying a model car is pretty close to buying a real car. Just one you can actually drive on a genuine road, rather than a “car” that can only be “driven” around your lounge whilst making “Vroom Vroom” noises.
Despite all this, a completed model really is a remarkable spectacle. One can nearly begin to understand why someone would go through years of patience, glue and tons of cash in order to recreate a miniature Bismarck. Britain loves these magazines and the long-suffering dedicated enthusiasts that buy them.
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By Tom Greaney