FineScale Modeler

FineScale Modeler May 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.
guest editorial

Modeling is built on imagination A long time ago, at a kitchen table not so far away (although the unrelenting smog of time greatens the distance!), an 8-year-old boy cut and glued his way through MPC’s Star Wars X-wing. Sticky fingers, globby paint, and gaping seams meant nothing. Instead, each part advanced the fantasy that he was Luke Skywalker flying over the Death Star. That junior modeler was able to touch the starfighter from the movie he loved and relive the joy he felt in the theater. He is — that is, I am — still doing that today. As hard as it is for me to believe I’m 40 years older, it’s extraordinary to think that Star Wars, George Lucas’ epic space fantasy, has delighted audiences young and old since May 25,…

6 min.
scale talk

Watch what you say I totally agree with Mr. Cox’s letter in the March Scale Talk about keeping our negative comments to ourselves. I started really building models when I was 11 — back when kits were 99 cents. I entered a contest at the age of 13. I was within earshot of the judges and everything they said was negative! I almost gave up building after that. Instead, I persisted and have enjoyed the hobby for more than 40 years. Remember, what is said can make or break what kids decide to do. – Jeff McIntyre Sparks, Nev. In the eye of the modeler The “Artistry vs. Accuracy” article by Karl Logan in the February issue struck a nerve with me. I am always troubled when I read a letter or hear a comment that criticizes…

5 min.
new products

Spotlight New acrylic paints from Mission Models Plunging into a crowded field, Mission Models (www.missionmodelsus.com) has introduced a range of acrylic paint. The company’s initial release includes more than 50 colors and are mostly armor camouflage and weathering shades, but aircraft colors are coming. The catalog also includes primer in six shades, thinner/reducer, and a polyurethane additive. The paints can be airbrushed straight from the bottle at 10-15 psi but perform better thinned 20-30%. Adding the polyurethane mix further improves paint flow for a smooth, durable finish. We’ll be doing a full review in an upcoming issue, but a quick test revealed that the paints airbrush nicely, laying down thin coats and covering well. We tried them straight from the bottle, with just thinner, and with thinner and the polyurethane additive. Each produced…

2 min.
painting tartans

Tartans intimidate many painters. But no matter the complexity, they comprise nothing more than horizontal and vertical lines of varying widths. Painting them involves deconstructing each layer in the pattern so it can be reconstructed with paint. I carefully study a pattern — I have several books on tartans — to determine the order in which the lines need to be painted. After applying the base coat, I paint the first horizontal stripes in the pattern. As with all lines on tartans, I paint the initial line very thin, almost transparent to the eye. Once I am satisfied with the shape I paint over it, gradually deepening the line until the color density is correct. With all of the horizontal lines on, I paint the vertical lines. Pay extra attention around folds…

6 min.
painting markings and printing decals

For nearly two decades, a Monogram 1/48 scale F-14A languished half finished in my workshop. The stumbling block was want of decals to finish it as a VF-111 Tomcat. Unwilling to wait any longer, I determined to make the markings. Originally, I intended to paint everything because previous decal-making attempts proved unsuccessful thanks to poor opacity and color matching. In the end, I combined paint and custom decals due to the difficulties involved in masking and painting over complex curves. But before making masks or decals, you need to create the images. Into the digital realm Start by making a digital two-dimensional copy of either the part itself or a scale drawing of it. Instruction sheets are often a good place for the latter. In the case of the Tomcat, I needed masks…

9 min.
advance revell’s x-wing

With the possible exception of the Millennium Falcon, the most iconic spacecraft in the Star Wars universe is the X-wing. The preferred mount of Luke Skywalker, the snubfighter officially known as the Incom T-65B helped the Rebel Alliance to victories at the Scarif, Yavin, and Endor — battles that lead ultimately to the defeat of the Galactic Empire. Revell reboxed Fine Mold’s 1/48 scale X-wing as part of its Star Wars Master Series brand. Good shapes and terrific engineering combine to make a first-rate replica out of the box. But, as with all kits, it can be made better with a few extra details, masking, painting, and a combination of paint and pastel weathering. All of the paints used are Testors Model Master enamels.…