FineScale Modeler

FineScale Modeler November 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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2 min.
coping? yes, you’re coping just fine!

Back in the July issue I asked older modelers, like me, to tell me how they’re coping with this age thing. Well, they’re coping just fine. From the notes of encouragement (including a few responses from 80-somethings) and lists of coping mechanisms I gleaned this — we all need good lighting and something, anything, to improve our vision. Richard “Grizz” Zolla of Massachusetts swears by his Naturalight Model UN1040, which has a flip-up cover for a magnifying lens while the light pivots and rests atop a multipositional arm. Others suggest a trip to the eye doctor for new lenses, or have found various magnifying devices. Australian Norm Honeysett resorted to laser surgery to improve his vision, but still uses his OptiVisor plus LED lights over his work area. Jeff Lee of Plainfield, N.J., revamped his…

1 min.
off the sprue: name your best halloween costume?

Editor Mark Savagemsavage@Kalmbach.com It’s corny I know, but when I was about 12, and in love with all things military, I dressed as a gorilla fighter. Yes, gorilla, not guerrilla — with an ape mask, my dad’s Army jacket, and a toy Thompson machine gun. So clever! Senior Editor Aaron Skinneraskinner@FineScale.com I went as Eric Draven from The Crow one year, but the most epic was my Walking Dead/Mad Men mashup. I dressed as a zombie Don Draper, complete with dark suit, narrow black tie, a cigarette, and green makeup. Associate Editor Mark Hembreemhembree@FineScale.com We used to hold an annual Halloween bash and invite guests to bring their best costume, their worst music, and a dish to pass. Perhaps my favorite costumes were worn by a husband and wife who came as a hotdog and…

6 min.
scale talk

It’s not you, it’s the tiny parts With a little chuckle, I read the letter in the May issue about manufacturers going overboard with tiny parts. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought I had sent it. I have been modeling as long as the gentleman who wrote the letter: 60 years. My interest started when I was 4 and saw a Sherman tank model in a hobby store. My father and I put it together to the best of our abilities. Now at 67 I am still at it. Where did the time go? Yes, some kits have become more complex, and when my wife sees me on the floor she knows not to ask what I’m looking for in the great carpet monster. But I wouldn’t change it for…

10 min.
new products

Spotlight Airfix loads up the C-47 with jeep and gun WHAT’S THE PERFECT ACCESSORY for a transport? Stuff to carry, which is exactly what Airfix provides in the latest version of its 1/72 scale Douglas C-47 (No. A09008), the Royal Air Force Dakota. The blue-gray plastic is marked with fine engraved panel lines and surface detail. The plane features a detailed cockpit with seats, controls, instrument panel, consoles, and bulkheads. Aft is a navigator’s station and a full cargo compartment with optional stowed or extended seats. Decals provide markings for a single RAF Dakota in Burma in 1944. The kit includes a splendid little Willys jeep with a detailed chassis and suspension, seats, controls, a clear windshield, and weighted wheels. Optional parts allow the soft top to be up or down, or .50-or .30-caliber machine…

2 min.
painting dark skin tones

Figure painting involves a lot of skills, but none more important than flesh. We’ve looked at a couple of examples so far; in this installment, I’ll be painting a darker skin type — specifically, African American — on Thunderbird Miniatures’ 100mm resin World War II Tuskegee Airman. After cleaning and prepping the parts, I airbrushed Vallejo light gray surface primer. The figure was also pinned to both temporary and permanent bases for ease of painting and for mounting. Next issue Joe revisits the cowboy gunfighter he painted in March and April to show how to do simple groundwork and water effects. 1 I started with a base coat of 75% beasty brown and 25% dark fleshtone, applying multiple thin coats to minimize paint accumulation and loss of detail. The Game Air paints are thin;…

5 min.
load up on realism

Screens:Mike carefully primed, painted, and weathered the photo-etched RPG screens on the fret. “After much consternation and a good deal of cursing, I got them all mounted on the model,” he says. “I hit them with a touch of very thin sand and they were good to go.” Windshield:After painting, Mike installed the windows and masked wiper arcs on the front. Then he weathered the truck, leaving the windows to suffer along with the rest of vehicle. “Since so much of the weathering was random, I figured a little overspray and pigment would not hurt the windows,” he says. Driver:After assembling the resin figure, Mike sprayed it with Tamiya Fine Surface Primer, then Vallejo light sand. The uniform and flesh were hand-painted; pastels soften the skin tones, and a light acrylic wash…