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FineScale Modeler December 2020

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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6 min
add flash to academy’s thunder

For me, one of the most enjoyable aspects of our hobby is planning what I’m going to do with a particular kit. I always have something to do and look forward to, even during times when I can’t make it to the workbench. As an unashamed aftermarket junkie, the process of holding off on a project until I’ve hunted down and acquired all the items I need can be nearly as enjoyable as the build itself … sometimes. Unfortunately, it also causes me to set aside some projects for far too long. That’s what happened with Academy’s 1/35 scale Republic of Korea K9 self-propelled howitzer. The main sticking point was the kit’s single-piece vinyl tracks. I dislike them and always seek to replace them with aftermarket alternatives and spent several years hoping such…

3 min
italeri f-86e sabre

First released by ESCI in 1979, the now-Italeri 1/48 scale F-86E has been reissued numerous times - this boxing marks the 19th. While lacking in fine details, this Sabre boasts outstanding fit and a terrific decal sheet with four options: natural-metal USAF, Italian and Canadian fighters, and a camouflaged West German Luftwaffe jet While you will not find separate slats or flaps on this Sabre, the side-mounted speed brakes are provided. Simplistic details are molded into the speed brake wells along with the landing gear bays. The undercarriage is simple but robust and has adequate detail, including brake lines on the main gear legs. Cockpit detail consists of a simple tub with decals for the flat side consoles and instrument panel. A seat with molded on seat belts fills the rest of…

12 min
superdetailing a knighthawk

When Academy released a 1/35 scale kit of the U.S. Navy MH-60S, I could hardly wait to build it as it’s been on my to-do list for years. I wanted to put in a carrier deck scene as if it is being prepped for a mission with folded rotor and tail, and several panels open for service. I’m not a figure painter, but I found a wonderful guy in Spain, Gustavo Gil Campos, to paint Reedoak figures. Eduard photo-etched metal (PE) sets provided exterior and interior features, but they only covered about 20% of the detail I wanted to add. That meant considerable scratchbuilding and me putting the whole project aside several times in a flurry of colorful language and frustration. However, not in the habit of quitting, I would return…

2 min
kitty hawk ural-4320 and apa-5d

The Ural-4320 is a durable 6 x 6 off-road truck, produced at the Ural Automotive Plant for the Russian army and civilian use. Introduced in 1976, it is still in production today and has been adapted for a variety of roles. Kitty Hawk’s 1/48 scale kit builds into two full trucks, a standard cargo truck and a Ural APA-5D airfield starter vehicle. Construction for both starts with the frame. I encountered a few easily solved fit and part issues in the first few assembly steps. For example, a some parts had locator pegs on both parts rather than pegs and holes. I had to shave off both sets of pegs and align the parts by eye. I suggest drilling a hole in Part B8 before installation so the driveshaft fits into the…

2 min
paint a russian battleship

The Imperial Russian pre-dreadnought Knyaz Suvorov had a short but dramatic career. Launched Sept. 25, 1902, the Borodino-class battleship entered service two years later after the start of the Russo-Japanese War and almost immediately set sail for Port Arthur as the flagship of the Second Pacific Squadron. En route, the Russian fleet was intercepted by Japanese ships and the ensuing Battle of Tsushima cost Russia all of its battleships, including the Knyaz Suvarov, which went down with the loss of all but 20 of its 928 crew. Zvezda’s 1/350 scale Knayz Suvorov is a nice kit of the predreadnought with good fits and detail, including engraved planks on the decks. But it doesn’t include any photo-etched metal (PE) details, so I acquired a set of Tom’s Modelworks generic 1/350 scale PE…

1 min
“i said reverse!”

A small hiccup has derailed these German soldiers. Maurizio Laudis of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, created this humorous wartime diorama after seeing a photo of a similar unfortunate situation in a book about German armored vehicles. The vehicle is Italeri’s 1/35 scale SdKfz 232 (6 Rad). He added Hussar Type 1 resin wheels with a spare. Not shown is the scratchbuilt impact roller attached to the chassis’ midpoint. The base is scratchbuilt too — the wall and sidewalk are foam, the fence is styrene, and he added the pavement and drain. He also painted two Tamiya German military police figures, and two MiniArt German tank repair crewmen. He says that the build took a while, but that it was a lot of fun. At least something was looking up!…