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FineScale Modeler January 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.
surveys: just add a little more

If you’re an FSM subscriber — and maybe if you’re not — you’ve likely received an FSM issue survey from us via e-mail. We want to know what you like, what you think of the various how-to stories, photo galleries, and columns in each issue. Your answers help us shape future issues as we head into our 35th year. In each survey we ask a couple open-ended questions about what you’d like to see more of, and less of. Hundreds of you respond to each question and, trust me, each of us here reads your remarks. There are some patterns: For every five of you who demand more aircraft stories, there are five who ask for less aircraft. For every five who want only tanks, five more say they’ll cancel their subscription if they ever…

6 min.
scale talk

A brighter Future around the world For many years I read about the wonderful properties of Future floor polish without being able to find it here in Australia. I read with interest Mark Hembree’s article in the November issue, “In the past, it was Future,” which explained that the product is now referred to as Pledge FloorCare Multi-Surface Finish, or PFM. I was, however, disappointed that the list of international product equivalents didn’t include Australia. About a year ago, I found something at a Bunnings home-improvement store that seems to be similar. For the benefit of all those Aussies still scratching their heads about Future, or PFM, try using Pascoe’s Long Life Self-Shining Floor Polish. It’s about $10 AUD for a 1-liter bottle, and $40 AUD for 5 liters. Hope this helps! Congratulations on a…

6 min.
new products

Spotlight Recon shows ICM Uhu crammed with detail WITH SKINNY TWIN BOOMS and largely glass crew compartment, the Focke-Wulf Fw 189 is attractive. More than 800 of the maneuverable reconnaisance aircraft were built, and the Uhu (eagle-owl) as it was known was used extensively on the Eastern Front in World War II. Typical of Ukrainian manufacter ICM’s recent aircraft kits, this new-tool 1/72 scale Fw 189 (No. 72291) features terrific moldings with fine recessed panel lines and fasteners. Raised details such as the wing-root walkways look good, but ribs on the control surfaces seems exageratted. Detail marks the floor and walls of the cockpit, which has seats, controls, radio equipment, instruments, and plenty of ammunition for two sharply molded machine guns. The kit’s numerous clear parts have well-defined frames that should make masking a…

3 min.
painting female skin

I always find myself going back and forth with glazes or touchups to try and get it to where I’m satisfied. One thing to remember: You will never get it perfect. But if you can get it to where you are happy, you have won the battle! P ainting male figures, I lay in heavy shadows and highlights, then blend them. I can create or emphasize facial structure with the different shades The same approach on female figures produces a really hard look, the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. Using glazes instead keeps transitions softer, and I simply adjust the glaze for deeper effects. That’s why I start with a base color close to the initial shade you want, allowing the glazes to enhance the flesh. The key is to…

4 min.
masking the black falcon’s triplane

F lyboys (2006) was not a box-office success, but many aircraft enthusiasts enjoyed the flying sequences. Carousel 1 (no longer in business) offered five 1/48 scale die-cast metal replicas of Nieuport 17s and Fokker Dr.1s in markings from the movie. A friend of mine in Philadelphia acquired four of these, but the last one — a black Fokker Dr.1 flown by the archvillain the “Black Falcon” — was hard to find. To surprise him, I built a model to fill the gap. Eduard released kits of several Flyboys fighters, including Black Falcon’s triplane, in 1/72 rather than 1/48 scale. Studying stills from the movie, I decided most of the markings could be masked and painted. The black-on-white falcon insignia could be resized from Eduard’s 1/72 scale triplane and produced as decals…

7 min.
modeling smoke and flames

When I began this project, I wanted to build a dramatic diorama. I envisioned a B-24J returning from a mission mortally damaged after encountering heavy flak and an Fw 190’s 20mm cannons. I wanted to portray it plunging into the English Channel a few miles short of its home base with two engines in flames. To do that, I needed a way to represent fire and smoke realistically. Shot down in flames Browsing the aisles of a craft store, I came across a set of rechargeable LED tea lights (votive candles) for $25, 1. I thought I could dismantle a couple of the lights and use the components to simulate raging fires in the stricken engine nacelles. To power the scene, I needed to disassemble the charging base and mount the components in the…