FineScale Modeler September 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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gaming miniatures, dioramas, and more

More folks are honing their painting skills on these tiny treasures. As we travel from show to show and talk with hobby store owners and paint manufacturers, we’ve heard more and more about gaming miniatures. Seems more folks are honing their painting skills on these tiny treasures, plus having a blast using them while enjoying miniature wargames. Miniatures were a bigger part of WonderFest this year and will have their own category next year. Plastic modelers tell us they also enjoy the change of pace that painting a miniature delivers, and it helps them improve their figure-painting skills, a benefit when building dioramas or even detailing pilot figures for their scale aircraft. So, in this issue we introduce Paint & Play, a new gaming miniatures column that will appear every other issue, alternating with…

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off the sprue: what decade would you like to visit?

Editor Mark Savage I’d go back to 1910-’20 to see the early development of cars and the first decade of Indy 500s. Like today, technology was advancing rapidly then. I’d love to see how that changed everyday life. Senior Editor Aaron Skinner I’ll go with 2350. I‘d like to see what will have changed. And I want the flying car I was promised, dang it! Associate Editor Mark Hembree Ancient times have a fascination, but I prefer indoor plumbing. I’ll say the 1950s, so I can ride a fast train to New York City and see Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, Yankee Stadium, and a show at the Copacabana. Leave a message for me at the Waldorf-Astoria. Assistant Editor Elizabeth Nash Don’t mind me while I don a rockabilly dress, turn up The Platters, and pour myself…

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all about that brass

Building Trumpeter’s 1/350 scale Essex, I was unhappy painting the props with the usual and unrealistic brassy paint. I wanted to create a true brass effect. My solution came in the form of the Molotow liquid chrome marker. It lays down an amazingly reflective base coat that genuinely looks metallic, not like a splatter of metallic particles. First, I coated the props with the chrome (left) and let it dry for 24 hours. Earlier tests showed that the ink needed to dry completely. Second, I airbrushed light coats of Tamiya clear yellow (right). The result is a very convincing metallic brass. I may go back and give the props one more coat of clear yellow to ensure that all pieces are coated evenly.…

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scale talk

How to lay out my workshop? Above is a photo of what will become my new workspace. I need other readers’ design suggestions on how to set it up. My bride and I bought a house that needed a little work. As a result, I will have the entire northeast corner of the walk-in basement for a work area with nice, natural lighting from three windows in front and the east side. Already in the works are the common things, like the addition of new drywall, laminate wood flooring, several more outlets, and a dropped ceiling. I have thoughts for where the air compressor and spray booth will go, but I need help with the placement of the rest. And, yes, there is a small bathroom, Wi-Fi, and HVAC in place already. – Dan Varner…

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modern ejection-seat handles made easy

I’ve never had much success painting the striped release handles on modern ejection seats (at least in small scales). Instead, I scratchbuild them using different colors of sewing thread. Typically, I’ll knot 6-inch lengths of black and yellow thread together at one end, slip them through a paperclip, then tighten the loose ends in a swiveling pin vise. I clamp the paperclip to something flat and rigid, like a ruler, then spin the pin vise to wind the threads in a tight spiral. When I’ve achieved the desired effect, I clamp the pin vise to the ruler as well (keeping the threads taut) and coat the coiled thread in white glue to bind and smooth it. When the glue is dry (about 10-15 minutes), I have a single coiled strand flexible enough…

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now at

Free desktop wallpaper Download a desktop wallpaper of Revell Germany’s 1/32 scale P-51D-NA Mustang built by Jim Zeske for Workbench Reviews and featured on p. 60 in this issue. WonderFest videos Want more sci-fi? FSM filmed a two-part video of the 2018 WonderFest USA show and contest. More than 700 models crammed the tables, and you can see many of them online. New Product Rundown Curious about a new kit? Aaron Skinner and Elizabeth Nash host a twice-monthly video review of the newest models in which they open the boxes to show what’s inside.…