FineScale Modeler December 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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1 min
have you ever admired a model and wondered “how?”

Subscribe to FineScale Modeler and Learn How! When it comes to building models of aircraft, armor, ships, and even sci-fi and figures, nothing compares to FineScale Modeler — delivered right to your home. From start to finish, each issue includes clear instructions and step-bystep photos that show you how to better assemble, paint, and finish kits. You’ll also find: • How-to articles by experts.• Unbiased kit reviews and product news.• Valuable tips for every skill level.• Galleries from shows and readers.• Exclusive online content and helpful tips.• And much more! When you learn from the best, you save time and money by avoiding unnecessary steps and purchases. Your year of inspiration starts today! Subscribe Today! 2 WAYS TO ORDER: ONLINE: • CALL: 877-246-4847 Outside the United States and Canada, call 903-636-1125.…

2 min
bulge stirs up childhood memories

We are onto a string of World War II anniversaries, from Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Kursk last year, then D-Day’s 75th this past summer and now the Battle of the Bulge. Growing up in the late 1950s and 1960s such battles didn’t seem so far off. Nearly every adult male in my Indianapolis neighborhood was a veteran. One of my friends’ dad had what we’d now call PTSD. He drank. Herman, the man who lived diagonally across the street from us, had enlisted as a teen, lying about his age to join the Navy. My dad, who had been in training to be an Army medic, was quickly transferred into the infantry after the Battle of the Bulge. He was soon on a ship heading to Le Havre, France, as…

1 min
off the sprue: as a kid, what was your dream job?

Editor Mark Savage Astronaut first, but that was in the days of Mercury. Then I discovered the Indy 500, so it was race driver (still is!). Must be something about speed and helmets. Lucky me, I took an open-wheel racing class once, write about cars for fun, and I’ve put a lot of miles on snowmobiles! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner Firefighter, astronaut, meteorologist, writer, marine biologist, and pilot, not necessarily in that order. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash What’s Laura Croft’s title? Spy? Ancient artifact acquirer? Professional butt-kicker? That’s what I wanted to be as a little girl. I like to think I’m some of those things now, but I’ll let you guess which ones. Editorial Associate Monica Freitag I was going to be an entertainer, a singer to be exact! I would sing and pretend on my parents’ patio that I…

8 min
scale talk

Breaking the Fortnite addiction As a first-year teacher, I began looking for ways to open up the minds and begin communications with the students I teach at both the middle and high school level. It appears that as a middle-aged guy, I didn’t have much in common with the young boys. I had casually asked if anyone had ever built models before. I was shocked that most kids had never heard of models and didn’t appear interested. I asked them what they were most interested in these days. They said video games. Their favorite game was Fortnite. After seeing them play the game in our computer lab, I decided to see if I could get them interested in something more “hands-on” and creative. I began strategically placing copies of FineScale Modeler around my…

4 min

Help for an Airfix Blenheim Q I am in the middle of building Airfix’s 1/48 scale Bristol Blenheim and am using Andy Keyes’ review (October 2019) as a reference. He mentions the fuselage assembly needing widening to accommodate the clear parts and says he used a “piece of tubing disguised as part of the cockpit structure to spread (the fuselage).” Would he please elaborate about how he went about doing this? I’m trying to remember that this is a “relaxing hobby.” Thanks! – Jim Sloan, Louisville, Ky A We forwarded Jim’s question to Andy, figuring he knew better what he did than we do: Thank you, I'm humbled that someone would use my review as a guide. I assembled the fuselage using clamps to make sure the cockpit floor was tight to both sides. This was…

3 min
new products

AIRCRAFT 1/35 SCALE HH-60G Pave Hawk from Kitty Hawk, No. KH50006, $179.99. 1/48 SCALE MiG-25 PU Foxbat from Kitty Hawk, No. KH80136, $109.99. WBR P-400 from Eduard, No. 8092, $39.95. 1/72 SCALE Spitfire Mk. IXc late version from Eduard, No. 70121, $24.95. MiG-21MF fighter-bomber from Eduard, No. 7451, $22.95. ARMOR 1/35 SCALE German heavy trench mortar (new style) from Vargas Scale Models, No. R3D-002, $60. French Medium Mortar Fabry from Vargas Scale Models, No. R3D-003, $50. United Kingdom/US 6-inch Newton medium trench mortar from Vargas Scale Models, No. R3D-012, $37.50. United Kingdom/WW1 QF 3-pounder (47mm Hotchkiss) from Vargas Scale Models, No. R3D-014, $37.50. M3A5 Lee from MiniArt, No. 35279, $TBA. PzKpfw III Ausf N Kursk 1943 from Dragon, No. DRA6559, $79.99. Flakpanzer IV Ausf G "Wirbelwind" Early Production 2 in 1 from Dragon, No. DRA6926, $79.99. SdKfz 7/2 3.7cm FlaK 37 with armor cab or SdKfz 7/2 3.7cm…