FineScale Modeler

FineScale Modeler March 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.
finishing what we started, or not

We all have stashes and we all have unbuilt kits. That’s a given. But in the December issue I asked how many models you’ve started and not finished, and why they remain unfinished. Here’s what you told me. There are really just two kinds of modelers: the perfectionists and the rest of us. Those who complete every model fall into the first category. They may have a huge stash they’ll never complete, but by golly, if they start a model they finish it. Not to name names, but reader Thomas Kupferer is one of those. He has 564 completed models and two in the works. As for the rest of us? We have excuses, I mean reasons: - We lost a key part or broke one. - We discovered girls/women. - The instructions were unclear. - Life got…

7 min.
scale talk

Constructive vs. destructive criticism A little while back, FSM readers were discussing the difference between constructive and destructive criticism. Case in point: I recently built a nice German Tiger tank with Zimmerit and a lot of detailing. I was very proud of my build. I took it to a contest where the judges spent a long time looking at it. However, I didn’t win an award. Confused, I asked one of the judges to explain. He pointed out several flaws, including areas that had not been detailed properly and parts that could have been put together more securely. I thanked him for his comments and took my tank home to make the corrections he suggested. And guess what? I won first place with it at the next contest! I call that constructive criticism. Now for the…

7 min.
new products

Spotlight Two great kits and something for the wall Eduard (www.eduard.com) has a reputation for creative marketing ideas when it comes to kits, from Weekend Editions, with no photo-etch (PE), to Royal Editions with multiple kits and extras like resin parts and a beer glass, and Limited Editions with another company’s plastic, new decals, and detail parts. The latest variation is strikingly unique. EduArt kits combine existing plastic parts with Eduard details and beautiful covers by noted artists. A limited edition print of the box art is the pièce de résistance of each kit. Dawn Patrol (No. 11102X) is a perfect example. The cover and 19" x 11" print by Koike Shigeo show American ace Frank Luke in a SPAD 13 chasing German pilot Günther von Büren in a Fokker D.VII.Inside are Eduard’s 1/48…

3 min.
olive drab winter wear

If there’s a constant for American soldiers from World War II through Korea and Vietnam, it’s olive drab. For modelers, though, that shade is not a constant. Different colors are referred to as olive drab and vary widely from green to tan. And then there are wear and weather that can stain and fade uniforms. I painted Warriors’ 120mm U.S. Infantryman ETO 1944-45 (No. 16009), focusing on the overcoat — officially designated Overcoat, Wool Melton, O.D., Roll Collar, 32-oz — worn by GIs throughout the war. Sculpted by John Rosengrant, the resin figure features amazing detail. Paints used Vallejo Model Color 70.819 Iraqi Sand Vallejo Model Color 70.821 German Camo Beige Vallejo Model Color 70.847 Dark Sand Vallejo Model Color 70.872 Chocolate Brown Vallejo Model Color 70.873 U.S. Field Drab Vallejo Model Color 70.887 Brown Violet Vallejo Model Color…

3 min.
airbrushing u.s. navy camouflage

Working with Accurate Miniature’s 1/48 scale SBD-5, Marty Sanford built a well-used Dauntless from VB-10 aboard USS Enterprise in 1944. He piled on details, including: parts from an Eduard Zoom photo-etch (PE) set for an SBD-3; Ultracast resin seats for the pilot and gunner with late-war harnesses; Master 1/72 scale .50-caliber barrels to simulate the twin .30-cal. mount in 1/48; Attack Squadron dive flaps and wheels; Quickboost exhausts; and Yagi antennas scratchbuilt from steel wire and plastic rod. But the real magic is in the camouflage and markings. Marty favors Tamiya acrylics. “I enjoy mixing colors to achieve a match to published paint references, and then to weather them, first by pre-shading and then panel fading,” he says. “This is strictly an interpretive process, often based on studying photos of real aircraft and…

10 min.
one tough ship

The German battlecruiser SMS Seydlitz went down in history as a ship that took some terrible beatings but gave as good as she got, and more. She fought with distinction in World War I before being scuttled along with the rest of the German fleet at Scapa Flow in June 1919. Combrig’s resin kit is a good model that produces a worthy replica. The instructions are inadequate, though, so good references are essential for a successful build. 21 Number of heavy shells that hit SMS Seydlitz in the Battle of Jutland. The hull The kit can be built as a waterline model or with a full hull. I prefer the latter, putting the ship on a stand, so I must take on the task of concealing the joint between the upper and lower hull. Before…