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FineScale Modeler November 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.

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
$10.63(Incl. tax)
$57.18(Incl. tax)
6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
editor’s page

35 years is just the beginning! Imagine: 35 years is roughly half an average lifetime. Yet we know it’s only the beginning, too. What started as a bold experiment here 35 years ago has matured — like most of us — and grown into something that is way more than was imagined at the time. FineScale Modeler’s founders dreamed of a magazine with a mission (being your essential tool for scale modeling), a test which it aced early on. That success has been sustained, which you regularly affirm at shows and in daily emails. So we humbly submit that saying so isn’t a boast, just a fact. In that 35 years (much of it in the past 10), the media world has transformed. In modeling terms, we’ve gone from 20-piece styrene model kits to 1,000-piece…

1 min
off the sprue: what is your favorite turkey day dish?

Editor Mark Savage msavage@Kalmbach.com I can’t help myself, I’m a double dipper for sweet potatoes with melted marshmallow, brown sugar and pecans on top. Gotta go for that second scoop! Yum! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner askinner@FineScale.com Thanksgiving means orange food for me: I love a big helping of candied yams and it’s got to be pumpkin pie for dessert. Associate Editor Mark Hembree mhembree@FineScale.com I am the cooker of the turkey (my dressing and gravy are also outstanding), but my favorites are all the sides — except cranberry. I obliged Mom years ago by trying it, and that’s as far as it goes with me. I am the man of the house, and if I don’t want to eat cranberry, I don’t have to! Assistant Editor Elizabeth Nash enash@FineScale.com The dark meat of the turkey, piled high on top of buttermilk mashed potatoes and then…

5 min
scale talk

35 years and counting Let’s do it again! Wow, 35 years! I have been a model builder since I was 9, and that was 60 years ago. I build a wide variety of models including military, planes, ships, and cars. For more than 20 years I have enjoyed your magazine and kept every issue. I love reviewing them frequently, and the tips and techniques I have learned throughout the decades have helped me achieve the level of builds I do today. I have been so inspired seeing what can be done and has been done by others. Let’s go for another 35! – Darwin Menzer Plymouth, Wis. A constant over the years This past year has defined why I model. With everyone on my side of the family passing away this year, I do not recommend renovating and selling three…

3 min

KITTY HAWK FOLLOWS UP its initial Sukhoi Fitter, the Su-17, with the Su-22 (No. KH80146, $79.99) sold to many Eastern Bloc and Arab nations as well as Peru during the Cold War. The swing-wing fighter-bomber is still flying in Poland, Syria, Yemen, Angola, and Vietnam. Molded in gray plastic, the kit shares many characteristics with the previous kit including the multipart fuselage, detailed cockpit, wheel wells, engine, and a wide selection of bombs, missiles, and rocket and gun pods. Optional parts account for differences between M3 and M4 versions. Kit features include posable control surfaces, movable wings that will require the flaps to be posed up, thin wing fences, posable speed brakes, photoetched harness, and sharply molded clear parts. The highlight is the selection of markings including- Fitters from Poland, East Germany, post-reunification…

6 min

ABRAMS KITS HAVE GRACED Tamiya catalogs since 1982, shortly after the tank entered service. Since then, the company has released multiple updates in 1/35 scale and recently a monster in 1/16 scale. Now a little brother joins the ranks in the form of a 1/48 M1A2 (No. 32592, $34). This is not a scaled-down version of Tamiya’s 1/35 scale Abrams. The lower hull’s separate side panels feature molded road-wheel arms; internal braces secure a metal block to give the main battle tank heft. Link-and-length tracks complete the running gear. The upper hull and turret include nonskid molded on horizontal surfaces. The main gun comes as a single tube with separate muzzle and two-part fume extractor. Small details include fine bustle basket rails and an M2 machine gun for the commander’s hatch. Decals…

2 min
take the shine off natural metal

A fter World War II, surplus Spitfires became the backbone of the Turkish air force as 170 Mk.IXs were deployed to several squadrons. I built one of these fighters using Eduard’s 1/48 scale Weekend Edition Spitfire Mk.IXe (No. 84138), adding Eduard pre-colored photo-etch seat belts (No. FE840) and a resin gyroscopic gunsight from Quickboost (No. QB48581). 20,334 Number of Spitfires built from 1938 to 1947 – Encyclopædia Britannica…