FineScale Modeler April 2018

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
time constraints, ugh! how do you do it?

One of the disadvantages of being a modeling magazine editor is that I don’t have nearly enough time to model regularly. Seems my eyeballs are always glued (ha!) to a computer screen, looking for wayward words, commas, and such. There’s issue planning, manuscripts to look through and, well, as with any company, a few meetings to fill a day or week. I won’t bore you with the rest, but you get the idea. Modeling time here in the office, where we have all the right equipment and materials, is precious. It’s about this time every year that I promise myself I’ll finish that Corsair sitting off to the side of my desk. Last year I did get my Reynard IndyCar finished, and, as with every project, I learned a thing (or three). But the…

1 min
off the sprue: what do you look forward to in spring?

Editor Mark Savage In Wisconsin we’re just happy for days above freezing, but once the ground starts to thaw I know it’s nearly IndyCar season and my favorite, the Indy 500, will be roaring into sight in May! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner I always look forward to the return of migrating birds, especially warblers, that add color to the northern woods. Associate Editor Mark Hembree Baseball: I get a warm feeling when pitchers and catchers report to spring training. There may be snow on the ground here, but the thaw begins when I hear that first exhibition game on the radio. Assistant Editor Elizabeth Nash The sound, smell, and look of rain — not to mention the cute umbrellas that come with. Editorial Associate Monica Freitag We practically live in our the yard during the warm months, so I look forward to setting up…

6 min
scale talk

Inspired by the issue Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the February issue of FSM with its Vietnam War theme. The articles have inspired me to model even more. (They might also have inspired a growth in my stash.) I would love to see future issues with Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom modeling themes — I’m sure others would as well. Again, nice job! – Steve Steklenski Harleysville, Pa. Taking care of research I’ve been receiving FSM for a while now, but have noticed very few models from the Vietnam era in the magazine. Just when I thought there may never be any, you went and published a whole issue about them! I just started an ambitious project that will take some time to complete: a 2- x 4-foot Vietnam War rescue scene. I still…

3 min
new products

AIRCRAFT KITS 1/48 SCALE Sukhoi Su-17/22UM-3K from Kitty Hawk, No. KH80147, $79.99. Includes photoetch parts. Focke-Wulf Fw 190A Early Versions from Eduard, No. R0016, $130. Royal Class Dual Combo. Pe-2FT Peshka from Eduard, No. 11112, $74.95. Limited Edition. 1/72 SCALE SP-2 Neptune (H version) New Patrol Scheme from Hasegawa, No. 02258, $64.99. Mitsubishi G3M2/G3M3 Type 96 Attack bomber “Nell” Model 22/23 with torpedo from Hasegawa, No. 51211, $49.99. Kugisho P1Y1 Ginga “Frances” Type II from Hasegawa, No. 51201, $44.99. Fokker E.III from Eduard, No. 7444, $16.95. Weekend Edition. ARMOR KITS 1/35 SCALE Merkava Mk.2B from Takom, No. 2080, $55. King Tiger Initial Production from Takom, No. 2096, $70. M1235A1 MaxxPro Dash DXM from Panda Models, No. PH-35032, $74.95. Includes photoetch parts. Look for a detailed review in an upcoming issue of FSM. Husky Mk.III VMMD with GPRS (vehicle mounted mine detector) from Panda Models, No.…

2 min

Consolidated PB4Y- 1/1P, $49.95, by Steve Ginter, softcover, 240 pages, 587 photos and drawings, ISBN: 978-0-9968258- 7-0. From Specialty Press. Combat Over the Mediterranean, $22.95, by Chris Goss, softcover, 154 pages, 587 photos and drawings, ISBN: 978-1- 4738-8943-9. From Casemate Publishers. Britain’s Cold War Fighters, $32.95, by Tim McLelland, softcover, 336 pages, all black-and-white photos, ISBN: 978-1- 78155-630-6. From Casemate Publishers. Fallen Giants — The Combat Debut of the T-35A tank, $28.95, by Francis Pulham, softcover, 144 pages, all blackand-white photos, ISBN: 978-1-78155- 626-9. From Casemate Publishers. The Rafale, $24.95, by Francis Pulham, softcover, 80 pages, all color photos, ISBN: 978-2-35250- 417-7. From Casemate Publishers. British Destroyers 1939-45 — Wartime Built Classics, $18, by Angus Konstam, softcover, 48 pages, all black-and-white photos, ISBN: 978-1- 4728-2580-3. From Osprey Publishing. British Tank Crewman 1939-45, $19, by Neil Grant,…

4 min
faded fabric and chipped paint

Between unrelenting sunshine, torrential rain, and crushed-coral runways, the conditions for aircraft in the Solomon Islands can best be described as harsh. Steve Siebers, of Overland Park, Kansas, aimed to capture the effects of those conditions when he built Tamiya’s 1/32 scale F4U-1 Corsair. First, he enhanced the cockpit with fabric seat belts from HGW and decal placards and stencils from BarracudaCals. Outside, he detailed the landing gear with resin diamond-tread wheels from BarracudaCast; the same company provided parts to backdate the kit’s engine. He wired the engine and scratchbuilt engine oil-transfer pipes on top of the cylinders with telephone wire. Resin cowl flaps from Vector completed the nose. The antenna connector at the tail was made from stretched styrene tube and fine copper wire. Steve painted the Corsair with his trusty Paasche H…