FineScale Modeler

FineScale Modeler April 2017

FineScale Modeler teaches you to build models of aircraft, armor, ships and more. Clear articles show you how to assemble, paint, and finish the latest model kits. Every issue includes unbiased reviews of kits that were built and tested for accuracy, product announcements, tips from the experts, and a gallery of readers’ models.

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3 min.
editor’s page

Finding peace of mind in plastic Time in the FSM workshop is precious. This editing gig seems to suck up a lot of what would be valuable model-building time. But this year we decided to push ourselves (and you) to build more by starting an online modeling challenge. The goal? To complete a model in a month. We each picked something we had been wanting to build. Although, let’s be honest, Aaron gets to build more than the rest of us here each year! Not surprisingly, I chose an IndyCar, a Revell kit of Scott Pruett’s Pioneersponsored Reynard-Toyota racer from 1999. It has been a blast to get back to creating something (other than a magazine). I especially enjoy the painting and find that my hands are still pretty steady. Building takes your mind off politics,…

6 min.
scale talk

The importance of a strong foundation There’s something to be said for doing a good, if just basic, job on models. Proper seam-filling, straight and level construction, clean masking, painting, and finishing appropriate to scale, and prototype accuracy should be the goals in any modeling project. Many of the more “advanced” and “artistic” techniques are used to mask unlearned basics and distract the eye. I’m not opposed to the techniques, I just think that the basics should be minded first and foremost. I believe the end result will be far more attractive to the viewer and satisfying to the builder. Peter Espada Camp Hill, Pa. We’ve come a long way I read your Tamiya F-14A review (January 2017) and realized just how spoiled we have become. Back in the day when Tamiya came out with its first 1/32…

1 min.
what does your space look like?

Two beats one In the February issue you invited readers to send photos of their workshops. I am lucky enough to have two modeling spaces in my home. The first room (above) is large and shared by me and my wife, who is a stamp and card maker. The second space is an enclosed patio. In a moment of forethought (doesn’t happen much), I had a bathroom fan put in the wall. I use the fan to vent the fumes from my spray booth. George Blair San Antonio, Texas There’s always room I live in a two-bedroom apartment in Boston and, in contrast to other generous workspaces I have seen, my “space” is limited to what you see (above). The two carts make it manageable, as tools and supplies are in the slide-out drawers. They are semi-custom-made by…

7 min.
new products

Spotlight All-new Typhoon blows into workshops The Eurofighter Typhoon has been a popular modeling subject with the first kits hitting shelves in the late 1980s before its first flight. Revell Germany’s new Typhoon (No. 03952) is actually its third tooling of the Eurofighter in 1/72 scale and it combines modern molding with simplifed construction. Fine recessed panel lines, vents, and hatches mark the major parts. Raised switches and controls decorate the cockpit side consoles and the clear instrument panel. Decals provide details and dials. Structural components in the wheel wells and landing gear will pop under washes. The exhausts extend to the rear fans and the intake, although not full length, are adequate for the scale. Optional exhaust nozzles are provided. Underwing stores include fuel tanks and four missile types. Decals give markings for a single German Typhoon in…

2 min.
airbrushing & finishing

Spotting a Brummbär Retreating in late 1944, the German army began applying camouflage to armored vehicles to mimic dappled sunlight. Many comprised discs or dots of rotbraun and olivgrün over dunkelgelb. Scott Scott Conner, of Leawood, Kan., chose the latter when he built Dragon’s 1/35 scale midproduction Brummbär. The model is pretty much out of the box, except for resin Zimmerit attached with 5-minute epoxy. He painted the infantry-support vehicle with LifeColor acrylics diluted with LifeColor thinner. “I eyeball it to about 50:50 — no exact measurement,” he says. “Too thin is better than too thick; you can always add more color.” When he built the Brummbär, Scott was powering a Badger Spirit side-feed double-action airbrush with an old Badger compressor, the “kind that sits on the floor and goes putter, putter, putter,” he says.…

2 min.
three ways to a 5 o’clock shadow

E ven men who shave daily show a hint of facial hair by the middle of the afternoon. Adding that stubble to soldiers implies time in the field, much the same as weathering their clothing or equipment. I use three mediums to paint thin 5 o’clock shadows — artist’s oils, acrylic paints, and powdered pastels or pigments. To demonstrate them, I painted Alpine Miniatures’ (www.alpineminiatures.com) 1/35 scale U.S. 3rd Armored Division set (No. 35219). The kit comes with four heads for two figures; I finished one of the bodies and three of the heads. I painted the faces with acrylics and applied bright highlights to the areas receiving stubble. That allowed the flesh to shine through the oils, acrylics, and powders. Paints used Grumbacher Payne’s gray artist’s oil (P156) Vallejo Model Color…