FineScale Modeler April 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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in this issue

2 min
simple question, no easy answers

Are you a tech-head, one of those lucky few whose brain thinks in binary code? Do you know what binary code is? I sure don’t! For readers who regularly use FineScale’s forums on our website, there have been some trying times late in 2018 and early in 2019. We apologize. Things are getting better and I encourage you to get on the forums soon For those of you who don’t ask questions or kick around modeling tips and talk on the forums, well, consider yourselves fortunate these past several months. But don’t throw the glue bomb out with the super glue dropper. Things are getting better and I encourage you to get on the forums soon and join FineScale’s modeling community. Here’s the deal, as one H. Ross Perot used to say while showing…

1 min
off the sprue: what’s your worst job ever, and why?

Editor Mark Savage Newspaper job, with a sociopath editor that nearly drove an entire staff to quit, or transfer departments. Among the editor’s quirks: taking all holidays off so no one else could, not allowing a reporter to attend a friend’s funeral, crossing out the“spider” definition in a dictionary, and eating M&Ms by colors lined up on the desk, but never blue! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner You would think that working for an editor who, while standing in middle of the newsroom, said the Nazis really weren’t that bad would top the list. But I spent a couple of years catching newspapers out of rolling machine as they were wrapped in plastic for delivery. Early Saturday hours and a college social life did not mesh. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash Well, there was one time I worked with two…

3 min
scale talk

Dioramas? We’ve got dioramas! Yep, you responded with a variety of dioramas after we asked, in a previous issue, what scenes you’ve been working on. Here are a few we liked, and we have some others we’ll share. But feel free to send yours in, too! Van McLemore of Wichita, Kan., sends us the above vignette of a 1/35 scale Panzer IV Ausf G from Dragon. Van says he “always wants to try to tell a story with my models, so almost all of my works are dioramas. This one shows that after a hard day of battle the troops need to unwind a bit. I used Tamiya acrylic paints and the model is pretty much just out of the box, except for using Friulmodel metal tracks. The figures are from an…

1 min
now at

On the Bench podcast debuts Listen to an entertaining modeling podcast, On the Bench, on the FSM website. Every two weeks, David Goldfinch and his friends, Ian and Julian, talk about what they’ve been up to at their respective benches since the last episode and reveal new products. Many episodes feature guests who offer insights on the modeling industry as well as building tips. And it’s all done in a low-key style that makes you feel like you’re part of the conversation. On the Bench is a great way to take your favorite hobby on the road, to the beach, or to work while the boss isn’t around. Desktop wallpapers Peruse dozens of computer screen backgrounds of favorite scale military and sci-fi subjects that you can download for free from our website. Go…

1 min

A sticky solution Q In all the years I’ve been building models, I’ve never had this happen.To mask this little Junkers, I used Kamoi tape. When I pulled it off to adjust the position, it left a mess. Do you have suggestions as to how to remove it without having to sand it off? Is there something I can apply chemically to help retain the casting detail? – Karl Bernsteinvia email A Wow, that’s unpleasant! I recommend Goo Gone — get the original formula not one of the super or extreme versions. It should easily remove the residue without damaging the model’s detail. – Aaron Skinner Looking for a Sumner Q I am a longtime subscriber and love the wide range of articles. The way your magazine has been evolving has been extremely sensitive to…

1 min
reader tips

Make blast damage the easy way To simulate laser battle damage, I put a lot of solder on the tip of my soldering iron and flick it on a dinner plate. The resulting “splat” is then placed over a painted scorch mark on my model and dry-brushed to bring out the “molten” details. The picture at the right is of my INSS MacArthur (reissued Leif Ericson conversion) with battle damage and makeshift repairs. (See the full build on p. 49.) – Mike WalstonHighlands Ranch, Colo. Let’s get digital! What water temperature works best for submerging decals? I’ve found that about 120 degrees F (49 C) works well to soften and separate a decal from the paper. I use a container large enough to fully submerge the decals, and hot water from the tap. I…