FineScale Modeler

FineScale Modeler February 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.
everything old is new again

I sometimes think in themes, often imagining theme songs in my head as their background music. “Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip … ” No, not that theme. I’m thinking of modeling themes: for instance, our recent issue on 100 years of tanks and our look at modeling Pearl Harbor-related kits to mark the attack’s 75th anniversary. I see themes at plenty of shows and contests we attend, and I see oodles of models that don’t always fit neatly into themed categories. That got me to thinking about all the great models we photograph at the big shows we attend. We try to cram as many as we can into our regular issues. But, believe me, we have plenty more. We used to bring even more…

4 min.
scale talk

The “problems” of modeling Over the past five years I’ve moved several times and therefore had to take a hiatus from model railroading. To keep busy, I picked up a scale model aircraft kit, and then another, and another, and then a subscription to FSM. Do you see where this is going? After a 30-year absence from scale modeling, I cannot believe the talent, technique, and technology that is now prevalent in the hobby — all of which I can use when I resume model railroading! Now I need to find a place to retire with a basement large enough for two hobbies — what a great “problem” to have! – John Nordin Naperville, Ill. Dan Jayne’s legacy lives on I attended a contest at the IPMS Livonia, Mich., chapter and saw one of Dan Jayne’s cutaways…

9 min.
new products

Spotlight Italeri extends big-scale Mirage III BUILDING ON ITS SUCCESSFUL 1/32 scale Mirage IIIC (FSM July 2016), Italeri has released a Mirage IIIE/R (No. 2510). Many of the parts — engine, wings, landing gear, weapons, and cockpit — are shared with the previous kit. The E is 12" longer than its predecessor, so this kitincludes new fuselage parts and ventral fin. Optional nose halves and clear parts are provided for the reconnaissance version; cameras and racks detail the interior and the hatch can be posed open. Also new: 1,700-gallon drop tanks, Barracuda ECM pods and a Phimat chaffdispenser, andphotoetched muzzle vents. Fine recessed lines and rivets mark the parts and there's plenty to see in the wheel wells, cockpit, intakes, and exhaust. Cartograf decals provide markings for six Mirages: two French, and one each fromAustralia,…

3 min.
painting large-scale eyes

On smaller figures, the rule for eyes is often that less is more. Shades and small brush strokes hint at eyelashes, whites, and irises. But big figures, such as the movie characters and monsters that have been popular since the 1950s, require a more detailed approach. A modern example is Moebius’ 1/8 scale kit of the Penguin, as played by Burgess Meredith in the 1960s Batman TV show. Molded in white plastic the kit has good detail, especially around the eyes. Note that the eyes are slightly different — the villain’s right eye is more open than the left due to his monocle. The techniques used here will work for eyes in 1/10 scale and larger. Paints Vallejo Model Color 70.822 German Camo Black Brown Vallejo Model Color 70.904 Dark Blue Grey Vallejo Model Color 70.918 Ivory Vallejo…

2 min.
weathering a harried jump jet

Carrier-based aircraft take a pounding from the elements, and Royal Navy Sea Harriers were no exception. Besieged by sea air and salt as well as the dirt and heat from the jet nozzles, the medium sea gray camouflage didn’t remain uniform for long. Richard Van Zandt reproduced those effects on Kinetic’s 1/48 scale FA2 with layers of pre- and post-shading followed by washes. He studied photos to nail down typical weathering patterns, paying attention to the places dirt and grime accumulated. He also noted how the airframe was maintained and in particular how touch-ups were applied. With photos, notes, and observations in hand, he had definite ideas of how the Harrier should look. He painted the FA2 with GSI Creos Mr. Color paints cut with Mr. Color Leveling Thinner for airbrushing. “If…

1 min.
meet richard van zandt

RICHARD BUILT MODEL spacecraft when he was 10 and quickly gravitated toward aircraft that he hung from the ceiling of his room. High school and college brought other priorities, but he took up thehobby again in his mid-20s — about the same time he started flying, eventually making captain on regional airliners. “Being around real aircraft on a daily basis goes a lot toward my view onweathering of aircraft,” he says. “They come out of the paint barn clean, but they don’t stay that way long.” As a member of what he calls the rapidly graying generation of modelers, Richard regularly competes at local, regional, and national model shows. He’s the vice president of IPMS/Memphis, near his Olive Branch, Miss., home, and a member of the online chapter, IPMS/Vagabonds.…