Model Aviation Redesign Blog

The Model Aviation team is working hard behind the scenes to roll out a newly redesigned issue of Model Aviation beginning with the March 2012 issue. Although a redesign does not necessarily mean a complete overhaul or relaunch, readers will notice some very prominent changes. Of course Model Aviation will continue to offer favorite features along with new elements, now presented in newer and exciting ways.

Although the redesign has already been months in the making, we want to invite you to join us on our journey. With this blog you can follow the redesign process and share your thoughts along the way.

Scott Stoops Joins Model Aviation

Look for a bimonthly column and product reviews by Scott in future issues of MA!

A lifetime in aviation would be an accurate description of Scott Stoops’ involvement in both the RC modeling world and full-scale aviation. He grew up in an aviation family and his father was an airline pilot.

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Redesign Comments

posted by Model Aviation Staff
February 12, 2012

Coming to your mailboxes is the redesigned edition of Model Aviation. You will notice the magazine has a cleaner and more modern aesthetic look, with new color-coded content arrangement, a new contemporary logo, new featured articles, and a new cover complete with large imagery and exciting cover lines and teasers.

First Print Run

posted by Model Aviation Staff
February 3, 2012

The first issues of Model Aviation are coming off the presses for a press check. The director of publications and the director of production are on site to approve the look of the magazine before it goes into mass production. The new magazine will be printed and ready for shipping mid February.

Promoting the Redesign

posted by Model Aviation Staff
January 23, 2012

Video Interview and Sneak Peak at Redesign

posted by Model Aviation Staff
January 16, 2012

Design Is Under Way

posted by Model Aviation Staff
January 10, 2012

We just wrapped the February issue of Model Aviation and are hard at work on the March issue. Features will include event coverage of the Biggest Little Airshow, reviews including the Super Stearman, and tutorials on avoiding washout.

View Sample Mock-Ups of the Redesign

posted by Model Aviation Staff
January 9, 2012

During the AMA Expo 2012, we shared early design concepts of the new issue of Model Aviation. The reviews were overwhelming positive. Readers appreciated the larger text, use of imagery, and color coded headers and tabs to aid in navigation.

Online Content

posted by Model Aviation Staff
December 19, 2011

Expo Reveal

posted by Model Aviation Staff
November 29, 2011

We are preparing to reveal the new look and feel of Model Aviation at the AMA Expo! Model Aviation editor Jay Smith will attend the expo showing off the new cover and select pages from the redesigned magazine. Learn more about the AMA Expo and get your tickets at

Evaluating the Layout

posted by Model Aviation Staff
November 9, 2011

In our recent meeting we completely reevaluated how we should layout and categorize the AMA content and news we publish each month. We'll continue to include favorite sections such as "In The Air" and "AMA News," but you'll find those sections may have a slightly different look and include expanded content.

Cover Selection

posted by Model Aviation Staff
November 2, 2011

We are much closer to finalizing a cover design! We have narrowed the revised Model Aviation logo down to just a few options. We are also holding steadfast to the mission that we want to keep our cover clean and clutter-free. We are on the verge of finalizing a great approach that keeps our covers uncluttered yet is able to promote even more features.

Keeping Tabs

posted by Model Aviation Staff
October 19, 2011

One of Model Aviation's greatest strengths is our commitment to cover all aspects of aviation as well as AMA and industry news. We have developed a system in our redesign that will introduce a color coded system in the back of the magazine to help you find information more easily.

Colored Paper

posted by Model Aviation Staff
October 12, 2011

We hear you loud and clear! Our members frequently asking us to introduce color to the back of the magazine. We worked with our printers and designers and are excited to announce that the entire magazine from front to back will now be in full color.

We invite you to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Fonts get a Facelift

posted by Model Aviation Staff
September 26, 2011

We carefully spent days pour over typefaces and font styles for the redesign of the new Model Aviation magazine. Often we hear that the type is too small or too condensed. So we looked at dozens of cleaner, larger fonts. The redesigned issue will now include a slightly larger font that we believe will be easier to read.

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