FineScale Modeler

FineScale Modeler September 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.
100 years of armor amore

Anniversaries come and go, but some are particularly noteworthy. 100 years ago this September the first Mark I tanks rolled into battle in France and thus began our amore with armor. The British had gained the early advantage in mechanized land warfare with its Landships Committee commissioning what was nicknamed “Little Willie” after the William Foster & Co., that created it. But the term tank appears to have come, and stuck around, because of a need for a code name and the fact that the Mark I looked like a water tank as it was being shipped to France. In any case, on Sept. 15, 1916, just 32 of the available 49 British tanks (reliability wasn’t an early strong point) entered the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, part of the larger Battle of the…

1 min.
off the sprue: what’s your favorite summer activity?

Editor Mark Savage msavage@Kalmbach.com I start each summer with a trip to my hometown to watch the Indy 500, but in Wisconsin I’m a sucker for the Big Slide, cream puffs, perogies, and corn at our awesome state fair. Great family fun, especially with goofy grandkids. Senior Editor Aaron Skinner askinner@FineScale.com Hanging out with friends while eating burgers, drinking an adult beverage, and identifying planes/birds/starfighters/superheroes flying over. Associate Editor Mark Hembree mhembree@FineScale.com It’s baseball season! I love the sound of a ballgame on the radio while I’m tending the BBQ grill. And it’s festival season: Performing at outdoor gigs is a gas. Assistant Editor Elizabeth Nash enash@FineScale.com Laying out a blanket in front of my car at the drive-in movie theater, getting distracted by the stars, falling asleep during the double feature and waking up covered in dew. Editorial Associate Monica Freitag mfreitag@FineScale.com I attend Summerfest (big lakefront music…

6 min.
scale talk

“… the greatest cover photo to appear on your magazine.” Chris Flodberg is making waves … I just want to say the April issue featuring Chris Flodberg’s HMS Repulse has got to be the greatest cover photo to appear on your magazine. I am a 57-year-old average to very good model maker who typically builds World War II aircraft. I dabble with an airbrush over cans when I feel brave. Reading about Chris’ experiments and the risks he took to create such a visual masterpiece doesn’t make me feel overwhelmed, but rather piques my interest and encourages me to continue challenging myself to become a better model builder. – David Patrick McDonnell Mansf ield, Mass. … and even more waves! I’ve been in this hobby now for 46 years. I used to be an FSM subscriber,…

12 min.
new products

Spotlight Brand-new chopper with bells and whistles DESIGNED AS A TACTICAL TRANSPORT, the Sea King Commando, or HC4, has deployed to the Falklands, Balkans, the Gulf, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. Airfix's all-new 1/72 scale HC4 (No. A04056) has fine recessed panel lines and a ton of features. Interior details include a cockpit with seats, collectives, joysticks, pedals, instrument panel with decal dials, and a bulkhead. The troop compartment includes webbing seats, a detailed floor, and ceiling. No engine is provided but the intakes and exhaust look sharp. The exterior bristles with antennas, countermeasure dispensers, and lights. Options include: folded or extended tail; deployed or stowed main rotor; and open or closed cabin and crew doors. Cartograf decals provide markings and stencils for two No. 848 Squadron HC4s: one in a striking winter camouflage in 2009; the other overall…

3 min.
taming a flying tiger

When the 1st American Volunteer Group (AVG) — the famed Flying Tigers — arrived in China in late 1941, it was equipped with Tomahawk IIAs originally destined for the Royal Air Force. The P-40B Warhawks, as they were known to American pilots, wore Chinese insignia in place of the RAF roundels and were adorned with shark mouths. I built Airfix’s relatively new 1/72 scale P-40 using the kit decals to mark it as a Flying Tiger plane. The kit goes together well and quickly, so I was able to focus on painting and weathering.…

2 min.
painting dark blue

It’s a challenge to paint dark blue and prevent the shadows from turning black and murky or highlights from looking too stark. I used thin layers of color to finish the uniform on FeR Miniatures’ 75mm resin figure of Col. Joshua Chamberlain, Gettysburg, 1863. After cleaning the parts and filling gaps with Aves Apoxie Sculpt, I airbrushed the figure with Vallejo light gray surface primer. Vallejo Model Color paints used 70.815 Basic skintone 70.899 Dark Prussian blue 70.930 Dark blue 70.950 Black 70.965 Prussian blue Next issue It’s time to test your metal as Joe shows how to paint armor and weapons for a Viking.…