FineScale Modeler September 2019

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
back to a little of everything

Anniversaries come along to help us focus on various stages of our history. This year we’ve already marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and last issue we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the miraculous first moon walk and Apollo 11 mission with a collection of real space builds. Ah, but this issue we get back to our usual round robin of modeling. We delve into armor, aircraft, military trucks and figures, plus deliver an absolute explosion of kit reviews. Ron Poniatowski wrote an in-depth how-to on modifying a World War I Renault FT into America’s first tank. The story was so detailed we had to divvy it up into a two-parter. We hope you’ll enjoy part one this issue, and watch for the second part in October. Meanwhile, FSM regular contributor Frank Cuden…

1 min
off the sprue: who has been your best teacher? why?

Editor Mark Savage I had a lot, especially in high school in Indy. One of my favorites was Miss Ross, an English teacher who was nearing retirement and would read to us in Middle English and make it sound so beautiful that we couldn’t wait to sink our minds into Shakespeare. Her enthusiasm was contagious. Senior Editor Aaron Skinner I had several good teachers in high school and at uni, but the one I remember most fondly is Ms. Bennett. She taught English at Indooroopilly High and gave me an appreciation for the written word that has stayed with me. Her classes refocused my career goals from meteorology to journalism. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash My Taekwondo instructor always encouraged us to push ourselves. The point was never to impress anyone else, but instead to prove to yourself that…

1 min

Repainting a toy figure Q I recently bought a toy figure to use in a current project. I believe it is made of soft vinyl. I plan to modify and repaint it. Should I remove the paint already on it, and if so what should I use to do that? What primer and type of paint would work best? Some of the figure also needs to be painted with metallics. – Brian Alexander, Chesapeake Va. A Without seeing the figure it’s difficult to give a definitive answer. If it’s possible to remove the existing paint, it’s best to do that. Either way, priming is crucial; not only will it cover the remaining paint, but the plasticizers in soft plastic can prevent paint from sticking. Look for a primer that is designed to…

5 min
scale talk

Apollo 11 memories… I enjoyed reading the Apollo 11 memories of the FineScale editorial staff so permit me to share mine. A bunch of us guys were sitting in a dry rice paddy eating a noon meal from green tin cans when my RTO nudged me to say that on the battalion radio net they were reporting NASA had landed men on the moon. Unbelievable, I thought, if they can land a man on the moon why can’t they rocket me out of here. – Dan Kirby Arlington, Va. … sitting on a runway Great FSM! Your editorial question, “What are your Apollo 11 memories?” stirred mine. I was in the runup area for Runway 32 in Omaha, Neb., at the flight engineer’s panel on a 727 — and we didn’t need a…

1 min
reader tips

Putty concerns One of your books suggests that Silly Putty can conveniently be used to mask curved areas. I urge caution. I had cut out paper stencils on previous kits, but this time decided to try Silly Putty, as it seemed easier. Because of the relatively large surface area that I needed to mask, I used the putty only to mask the edges, then filled in the middle of each area with masking tape. The method worked easily and provided the desired soft edge. Imagine my surprise, though, when I removed the masking and found that the paint covered by the putty was noticeably different (see photo). Yes, the paint (all Tamiya acrylics) was fully cured before I started this. Thinking the paint might have absorbed something volatile, I left the model overnight…

6 min
new enamel paint maker offers wide range

IF YOU LIKE ENAMELS, but have been disappointed by the shrinking Testors racks, check out the new colors from True North, At present, the range comprises two sets of colors as well as thinner. The company says the paints also can be thinned with mineral spirits and lacquer thinner. Series 1 is matched to Federal Standard with common colors like camouflage gray (FS36622) and insignia blue(FS15450) as well as some now less common, including modern USN deck gray (FS36008) and F-35 glass gray (FS36170). Series 2 presently includes World War II paints, with many colors for U.S. and British navy vessels as well as American and Luftwaffe aircraft. The series eventually will extend to 150 colors, in the near future including 10 Royal Air Force camo shades, 10 more Luftwaffe colors,…