Experts Guide to Superdetailing

Experts Guide to Superdetailing

Experts Guide to Superdetailing 2016 - Special

The Experts Guide to Superdetailing provides 100 pages filled with all-new stories by some of the hobby's best modelers. You'll see how to kitbash, scratchbuild new parts, and add photo-etched details such as:   The gearshift on a vintage Alfa Romeo F1 racer. Harness clasps and cockpit gauges in a Bong P-38 Lightning. Grilles, chain, and metal clips on a German Panther tank. And more!  When you see the superdetails in this issue, you'll be inspired to customize the details on your own builds to make them stand out!

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2 Min.
getting better and better!

The better models get, the better modelers get. The inverse is true, too: The better modelers get, the better their models get. It seems simple and we see it at shows all the time. A modeler approaches our photo booth and lays on the praise of our magazine and all it has taught him over the years. We’re not alone though. The modeler usually is full of thanks for his fellow club members’ tips, advice he got from folks met at shows and contests, plus ideas shared with modelers worldwide via our online forums — possibly some other folks’ forums, too. The goal, of course, is to improve, to get better and better at modeling. That’s our intention for every magazine. We redouble our efforts for special issues such as this one on superdetailing,…

1 Min.
the next level!

Modelers are always looking for new ways to take their builds to the next level, whatever that means specifically to them. With kit quality constantly improving, creating a highly detailed model now means more than just painting and weathering, although that’s still a big part. Today’s modelers keep pushing the detailing envelope by using photo-etched parts, resin accessories, and their own ingenuity to scratchbuild bits and pieces that make their builds more realistic. We see them at shows from coast to coast, and readers send us examples from around the world. Increasingly our readers ask, How can we do that? How can we make our models pop? The following pages will explain and show you how!…

9 Min.
details make a striking lightning

I have always wanted to build a “fork-tailed devil,” the twin-boom Lockheed P-38 Lightning. I prefer 1/32 scale, which meant the choice of a Revell or Trumpeter kit. I chose Trumpeter (No. 02227). It’s a good model, but it still has several challenges to overcome. An additional challenge was my goal of building a restored bird with clean, bare metal — because a metal finish hides nothing! As a matter of fact, every tiny flaw is magnified. Extra care must be given to both construction and surface preparation. These challenges are met in modeling Maj. Richard Bong’s P-38 Marge as it appears at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis. This particular Lightning, No. 44-53087, is a later P-38L, although it has the markings of a P-38J Bong flew during the war,…

4 Min.
kitbashing an early cougar

Like many, I credit my dad with getting me hooked on airplanes and building models of them. He took me to air shows and the local hobby store, where I would gaze in awe at shelves full of kits. He let me look through the aviation books he had purchased over the years, giving me ideas for my next project. In the Army in the 1950s, dad had the opportunity to travel to bases of other branches of the military. One of those was Naval Air Station Pensacola, where he photographed a brand-new F9F-6 Cougar. That picture hangs in my modeling room, a permanent reminder of how influential my dad was to me. The F9F-6 is essentially an F9F-5 Panther with swept wings. When Kitty Hawk released its 1/48 scale F9F-8 (No.…

23 Min.
pounce on a panther

As a modeling subject, the German Panzerkampfwagen V Panther may well be overdone — thousands have been built for every vehicle that actually existed. But any armor model collection without a Panther would be like a banana split without the banana — and since I hadn’t modeled a Panther since high school (the old Tamiya Panther Ausf A), my collection was deficient! The first Panthers rolled off the line in January 1943. Production designations were an alphabet soup: the first Ausführung (model or mark) was Ausf D, followed by Ausf A and Ausf G. Many of the Panthers wore Zimmerit, a nonmetallic paste applied to thwart magnetic mines or sticky bombs. The PzKpfw V was expensive, complicated, and temperamental, but its 75mm gun, sloped armor, and excellent mobility made it a formidable fighting…

4 Min.
strike against the missouri

Japan’s determination to halt the Allied advance during World War II is vividly reflected in the term kamikaze or divine wind. Originally used in reference to the typhoons that destroyed the invasion forces of Kublai Khan in 1274, and again in 1281, the term was resurrected in 1944 by Adm. Masafumi Arima, who personally led the first Special Attack Force (Shimpū Tokkōtai) against the Allies. On April 11, 1945, during the invasion of Okinawa, a flight of 16 approaching Japanese aircraft was spotted by radar. Of those, one pilot set his sights on the American battleship Missouri and would not be stopped. Coming in low off the stern, hit repeatedly by anti-aircraft fire and struggling to rise, the aircraft caught the side of the ship with its left wing at the last…