FineScale Modeler October 2020

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
old and new: introducing an fsm build-off

Now is a good time to be a modeler. New kits arrive all of the time, sometimes of subjects one might have never expected to see done — MiniArt is doing a family of Cierva C.30 autogyros in 1/48 scale. And then there are the brand-new kits of perennial favorites. In many cases, these new kits, which feature modern tooling, good fits, and state-of-the-art surface and interior details, surpass kits that were the gold standard for the subject for many years. It’s easy to succumb to the siren call of the latest offering. We all do it, even though we probably have the subject in our stash. (A couple of Tamiya 1/48 scale Brewster Buffalos in my stash did not stop me picking up Special Hobby’s F2A.) But beyond the glare of fresh…

1 min
off the sprue: what quotation inspires you?

Editor Aaron Skinner “One crowded hour of glorious life, is worth an age without a name.” – Thomas Osbert Mordaunt, The Call (Although, I probably quote Hudson from Aliens much more frequently: “Game over, man. Game over.”) Editor, Modeling Brand Group Tim Kidwell “It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” – William Ernest Henley, Invictus Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash “So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book, when shouldn’t it be the other way around?” – Meg Ryan, You’ve Got Mail. It sticks with me as a reminder to create a life driven by curiosity, in which fun and interesting things happen. Editorial Associate Monica Freitag “The moment you’re ready to quit is usually…

7 min
scale talk

Ode to the stashers How about a modeler’s poem dedicated to the kit stashers: I bought a box of plastic that cost $3.99, One day I will build it, when I have the time. But days and months and years go by,the time I could not find.Then finally the day has come.Yes I made up my mind.But when I went to look for it,the kit I could not find.Storage sheds, the crawl space,Opened every closet door,No I did not find it,but I did find 800 more. – Perry NovemberBrooklyn, N.Y. Ed: Perry, I, for one, have no idea what you are talking about … I know exactly where every kit is and … Wait, what? When did I get that? Save me from NPRD This is just a short note to ask if you can stop making…

6 min
new products

AIRCRAFT 1/32 SCALE PZL P.11c fighter in Romanian Service from IBG Models, No. 32002, $TBA. 1/35 SCALE Focke-Wulf C.30A Heuschreckle Late Production from MiniArt, No. 41018, $57.99. Clear parts, doors and be open or closed, photo-etched metal and decals for three versions. 1/48 SCALE Top Gun Maverick's F-14A Tomcat from Revell, No. 85-5872, $26.95. Top Gun Maverick's F/A-18E Super Hornet from Revell, No. 85-5871, $29.95. Morane Saulnier Type N from Eduard, No. 8095, $26.95. Wilde Sau Episode One: Ring of Fire Bf 109G-5/6 Dual Combo, from Eduard, No. 11140, $89.95. 1/72 SCALE Top Gun Maverick's F/A-18 Hornet from Revell, No. 85-1267, $19.95. Easy-click system (no glue required), waterslide and sticker decals included. Top Gun Maverick's F-14 Tomcat from Revell, No. 85-1268, $19.95. Easy-click system (no glue required), waterslide and sticker decals included. Find us on Facebook Connect with modelers from across the globe, share…

2 min
"cutting" edge painting

In the 41st millennium, the future’s bleak and unforgiving. Ravaged by war with forces of chaos and fierce aliens, humanity relies on genetic super human warriors for their very survival. These imposing Space Marines are bred for only one purpose: war. Mephiston, Lord of Death, is a plastic 16-piece Blood Angel hero character used in Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40K tabletop game. I painted the warrior with Citadel paints unless otherwise noted. A good sable brush is a must for quality results. Let’s dip into some colors! Wouldn't want to face off against this Blood Angel! Rich gave dimension to the sword using the color blocking technique. See more online See how Rich painted the armor and gems on our website at I primed with black followed by a dusting of white to lay out shadows.…

6 min
preparing a phantom for a vietnam mission

When David Standel of Jacksonville, Florida, wanted to build a scene of a Phantom being prepared for a mission, he turned to Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale F-4J. “The older Hasegawa Phantoms are great kits,” he says. “Some better than others and maybe a little more cantankerous to build than one of the modern Phantom kits, but the detail is crisp and I believe more to-scale than some of the Phantom kits of today.” To bring this Phantom into the 21st century, he added Aires exhaust nozzles, Eduard resin main wheels, photo-etched metal (PE) details, and Mk.82 and Mk.83 bombs and racks, True Details pylons, GT Resin seamless intakes, Black Box resin cockpit, and AeroBonus seated Navy pilots that come molded into their ejection seats. Before painting, he primed the model with Aeromaster dark…