FineScale Modeler March 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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modelers need to stick (sorry) together!

Clubs fuel our hobby and help bring new people into it. Recently I received a nice email from Skip Paetz, co-founder of the Red Mill Model Club ( in Virginia. This group meets at the awesome Military Aviation Museum just south of Virginia Beach. Like many clubs today, the group had been meeting in a hobby store, until it closed — no surprise there. Skip says the club consists of about 20 members — again not a big surprise, as there are many small clubs across North America. Naturally, Skip desperately wants more members, especially active ones. As he notes, the members pay no dues, just get together to share ideas and techniques with old and new modelers. Skip is not alone in his wish. Locally, we’re members of the thriving Bong Club, which…

1 min
off the sprue: your favorite winter olympic sport?

Editor Mark Savage Love the downhill skiing, men or women. It’s about the speed, the bravery, the athleticism, and the beauty of the mountains. Plus I like to see some of the smaller European countries get a shot at a medal! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner I haven’t watched many Winter Games since Katarina Witt hung up her skates, but downhill skiing is a blast. Associate Editor Mark Hembree You can get hockey elsewhere, so I’ll say downhill skiing (amazing) and the skeleton — like luge except you lead with your face! Assistant Editor Elizabeth Nash All about that fancy, dizzying figure skating and fear-of-heights-inducing ski jump. Gosh, some of the things people can do … and at those speeds, too! Editorial Associate Monica Freitag I like two: the luge and bobsledding. Timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks — and steering with your…

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After seeing Final Details’ “can-do modeling” story (July 2017 FSM), I knew I had to send in my 1/1 scale R2-D2 made from soda cans. He is 100% aluminum, consisting of more than 1,400 cans and some aluminum roof sheeting. We spent four months building the Star Wars droid and it was definitely a family project. My children, Evelyn, Michael, and Neil (affectionately known as the “soda-can model elves” for their hard work behind the scenes) all played a part in the process, as well as my wife, Cindy, who put up with hundreds of cans cluttering up the kitchen each and every day. First, we had a paper model pattern created for the project, which we took to a local printer who enlarged it to 1/1 scale. We then began building the body…

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scale talk

A long-awaited build Your November Scale Talk call for feedback on kits readers would not have tried as youngsters got my attention. In my family bookcase, there is a U.S. Navy cruise book. For years, it drew my attention with stories of men on long overwater missions. Inspired by this, I wanted to build a true PBY “Black Cat,” a flying boat painted for night patrols. A buddy sold me Monogram’s 1/48 scale PBY-5A kit for $10. Over the course of two years, I struggled to complete a decent model of Rankin’s Raider, the plane flown by the commander of VP-81. To weigh down the nose, I packed in 39 pennies (Sculpey II clay was actually melting the styrene). I drilled out the wheels and added wire braces to support the weight. I…

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Between the fashion shows in Milan and Bill Gates’ 56th housewarming party, our editor was a tad busy this season. To cope, he outsourced several of his projects to a team of highly trained, mostly continent specialists (above). We would like to correct a few of their errors: – We misspelled Gus Agustin’s name in the feature of the Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display 2017 found in our special issue, Great Scale Modeling. – The squadron designation for the T-2C shown in December’s EagleQuest 2017 Show Gallery should be VF-43. – We ran the wrong caption under a photo from EagleQuest in GSM. Here’s the photo with the correct caption. German Candia Memphis, Tennessee Starting in 1992, British troops deployed to Bosnia as part of a United Nations peacekeeping operations. German built…

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icm’s big-scale ishak packs in the detail

Polikarpov’s diminutive I-16, nicknamed Donkey (Ishak) by Soviet pilots, proved its worth in the Spanish Civil War and the battle of Khalkhin Gol. When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, more than a third of Soviet aircraft were I-16s. ICM’s 1/32 scale I-16 (No. 32001, $68.99) represents the Type 24 variant with four ShKAS machine guns, tail wheel, and two cockpit doors. The gray plastic parts are marked by delightfully restrained ribbing on the fabric- covered airframe sections and raised metal panels with petite fasteners. The separate control surfaces are movable. Cockpit detail includes structural frames, seat, controls, and an instrument panel with decal dials. Up front sits a pretty well-appointed engine with pushrods, intake manifold, exhausts, and mounts, and movable intake shutters on the cowl. Decals provide markings for four aircraft. More info:…