FineScale Modeler May 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
sizzling sci-fi goes mainstream

Think science fiction isn’t hot enough, or mainstream enough, to command our cover? Consider this: Of the 20 top-grossing movies of all time, sci-fi or fantasy titles hold 14 spots — 15 if you count Minions. Avatar is at the top, but big franchise films, like Star Wars and Marvel Comics’ superhero flicks, are always big hits. For instance, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is No. 3 after grossing $2 billion (that’s with a b). The Avengers is No. 5 at $1.5 billion. I could go on, but you get the gist. Model manufacturers do, too. They’ve been pumping out more sci-fi subjects, including Revell’s Star Wars kits and now Moebius’ Wonder Woman from Batman v Superman. We see more young modelers getting their start with such kits, too. We also see more and…

1 min
off the sprue: who’s your favorite sci-fi character?

Editor Mark Savage I like Marvin the Martian because he’s funny. Well, maybe I could lump R2-D2 in there too, and now BB-8. Don’t care for the scary creatures and evil ones. I see enough of them in everyday life on the news! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner It’s a tie between Jyn Erso in Rogue One, a tough, no-nonsense fighter who accepts her role in history and inspires a rebellion, and Judge Dredd, a comicbook antihero delivering the law in a deeply dystopian future. Associate Editor Mark Hembree For true cool, it’s hard to beat Michael Rennie as Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still. As a superior being, his message to Earth is, “Be nice or else.” Klaatu barada nikto! Assistant Editor Elizabeth Nash Andrew, the robotturned- human played by the late Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man. He’s curious…

6 min
scale talk

Your voice in FSM A model worthy of praise I am the historian of the USS Kirk Association, and I was the ship’s chief engineer during the evacuation of Vietnam back in 1975. The model of our good ship, created by Steve Dunn for the February issue, is magnificent! I had the privilege of examining it in detail during its construction, and also when it was finished and on display in San Diego. I worked closely with Steve as he crafted this masterpiece, providing him with those small details that only a shipmate would be aware of. In short, Steve nailed it — we are in his debt. In the beginning, I was hoping Steve would depict our ship in all her hard-working glory — warts and all! But he decided to go with finishing it…

1 min
how to make a detailed discovery

Moebius’ 1/144 scale kit of the Discovery from 2001: A Space Odyssey produces a 41-inch long model and features a ton of great surface detail on the outside. If you want an interior check out ParaGrafix, The detail company that specializes in sets for science-fiction models has released a pair of photoetched sets to jazz up the ship. First, there’s a set for the cockpit and airlock (No. PGX210, $32.95). In addition to the flightdeck, it includes seats, controls, and an entry hallway with door. A window frame replaces the kit windshield. The airlock structure fits behind a door that must be cut open on the lower floor. All of the parts feature open holes for lighting. If you want to open the pod-bay doors, The second set (No. PGX211, $43.95) provides…

6 min
new products

AIRCRAFT KITS 1/32 SCALE IAR-80A from Azur Frrom, No. FR8002, $66. 1/48 SCALE Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 from Airfix, No. A06105, $32.99. Look for a detailed review in an upcoming issue of FSM. 1/72 SCALE Mitsubishi F-2A 3SQ 60th Anniversary from Hasegawa, No. 02261, $52.99. Shenyang J-31 Cyrfalcon (AirShow China 2014) from Trumpeter, No. 016666, $35.95. Look for a detailed review in an upcoming issue of FSM. Delta Civilian Version - Swedish, TWA, and Mexican Service from Azur Frrom, No. FR0032, $36.95. Stampe S.V.4B Belgium from Azur Frrom, No. FR0024, $20. Stampe S.V.4C France from Azur Frrom, No. FR0025, $20. Breguet 1050 Alizé ALM from Azur Frrom, No. FR0029, $42. Look for a detailed review in an upcoming issue of FSM. Breguet 1050 Alizé‚1G France from Azur Frrom, No. FR0028, $42. Delta US Passenger and transport plane Over Spain from Azur Frrom, No.…

1 min
takom tackles tiny tankette terrifically

The Type 94 tankette was developed in the early 1930s and served with the Imperial Japanese army through combat in China and during the Second Sino-Soviet War. Despite the design’s obsolesence, the 10-foot long vehicle continued to support Japanese infantry through World War II. A famous photo shows one strapped to the engine deck of a U.S. Marine Corps Sherman. The hull of Takom’s 1/16 scale Type 94 (Kit No. 1006) is the same length as a 1/35 scale Tiger I, so this won’t be a shelf hog. And, with no interior, it should be a quick build. Many of the 400 parts go into the suspension; the single- piece plastic springs are a highlight! Takom provides optional individual-link and vinyl tracks. Fine rivets and panel lines mark the major components. Other…