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FineScale Modeler December 2016

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.
modeling history’s heroes!

I hope you didn’t expect a Christmas column from me this month, a lot of ho-ho-ho and gifts under the tree, carols by the fire, etc. I know a lot of editors love this month’s issue because it gives them a “free” column, something to hang their stocking caps on, as it were. This column isn’t that. It’s twofold. First, this issue we focus on Pearl Harbor. Those two words defined my parents’ generation. And let’s be honest, we all know exactly what went down that day, Dec. 7, 1941. We can hear FDR’s voice booming out the date as if we just heard him yesterday. But it was 75 years ago. That’s a long time, yet it shows the staying power and impact of that day’s events. The heroism of that day still resonates…

8 min.
scale talk

Dan Jayne, the artist It was with great shock and sadness that I caught the story and portfolio of Dan Jayne’s magnificent work in the October FSM issue. Back when there was an annual contest at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, I met Dan. I have always looked at the folks whom I admire as larger than life and unapproachable, but Dan was neither of those. In talking with him, I could feel the excitement that he held for the modeling hobby and what he was building. He mentioned that he built cabinets for a living, and if they can be gauged by what he could do with plastic, they must be works of art as well! I had the fortune of seeing nearly every model that you have shown in the magazine live and…

3 min.
new products

Spotlight Snap-together Super Hornet spot on Academy continues to extend the appeal of its kits with multicolored parts, pushtogether construction, and a choice of stickers for markings. But serious modelers should not overlook kits like the 1/72 scale F/A-18F (No. 12535). The first-rate moldings feature some of the most petite recessed panel lines and rivets we’ve seen. The consoles and instrument panels show raised features. Full intake trunks end at the front fans and slidemolded exhausts have afterburner details. A few considerations are given to expedite glueless assembly, including a onepiece canopy that can only be posed closed, pylons molded on drop tanks, and heavy gear-door attachment points in the wells. On the other hand, those wells have molded structural elements and plumbing. Decals and stickers provide markings for Super Hornets from VFA-103 Jolly Rogers.…

4 min.
basic groundwork and water effects

when I finished the Andrea Miniatures 54mm Tom Doniphon that I used to demonstrate leather painting, I wanted to put him on a base that reflected the energy and action of his pose. I envisioned him on a dusty street somewhere out West in a shootout with bad guys. As he stood there brave and defiant, I wanted to show that the other guys’ bullets were missing the mark and wreaking havoc on an innocent water trough! This base is a little more involved than what most figures need. But good groundwork gives the character context and can even tell a story. The pedestal was custom made for me by my good friend “Big Al” Presley. Acrylicos Vallejo items used 26.201 Water Texture 26.218 Dark Earth 26.230 Vallejo Still Water 70.847 Model Color Dark Sand 70.872 Model Color…

3 min.
new hope for classic ships

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that Star Wars was a big part of my childhood in the 1980s. For a while my bedroom was nothing but Star Wars, and my action figures got a workout as I relived favorite scenes in the backyard on a regular basis. That sense of awe at “a galaxy far, far away” never really faded, and Bandai’s recent release of all-new kits reignited the spark. To revisit that built-in-an-afternoon joy I had as a kid, I built two 1/72 scale kits at the same time: the standard TIE Fighter and the TIE Advanced. Although the kits are designed to press together, I glued them to ensure strength and avoid problems with solvent-based paints or weathering techniques. The kits are nearly clones — about 80% identical…

3 min.
“last liberty”

With an unrelenting dedication to research and detail, Rob Bracci spent 10 years building a diorama to portray one moment in a day in the life of a U.S. Navy battleship. Officers on deck, performing their customary duties … sailors going about their usual jobs up and down the ship … another contingent decked out in whites, queuing up for liberty on a Saturday evening. The scene would be ordinary, even mundane, except for the place and time: USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941. No further dramatic device is needed. In context, each of the 97 figures is worthy of regard and every detail is important. Indeed, that may be why it took Rob so long to complete this project. Considering his lifelong interest in World War II, and Pearl Harbor…