FineScale Modeler July 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
from mercury to the moon

I still believe we landed on the moon, and I hope you do too. I saw it on a grainy black-and-white TV screen 50 years ago. It was a simpler time when science was mostly believed and astronauts were heroes. It was a time when we marveled at the brain power that could not only put a tiny capsule into orbit around earth, but break it free and send it rocketing toward our neighbor, the moon. Some crazy smart machines, known as computers (big enough to fill whole rooms), could calculate how to aim that little capsule to circle the moon and have the ride-along lunar module descend to the surface. This was wonder, awe, and history in its most pure form. I loved outer space, rockets, and astronauts. It was the unknown,…

1 min
off the sprue: what are your apollo 11 memories?

Editor Mark Savage I remember the whole family watching that scratchy black and white image. Was hard to see Armstong’s footstep clearly. Actually, I thought the descent of the lunar lander was more suspenseful, just waiting for it to touch down safely. And the excitement in Walter Cronkite’s voice still resonates in my ears! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner I missed seeing the moon landing by about five months, so for me the space program was all about the space shuttle. We visited the Kennedy Space Center in 1978 as the Enterprise was being tested. And I was lucky enough to see STS-59 climb into the clouds in April 1994 — the entire room shook! Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash All I know is that this moon landing thingamabob must have been important — after all, it made an appearance…

1 min
reader tips

Opposite of dust magnet It seems I always have trouble with lint and dust getting on my new spray painting jobs, particularly a problem with glossy car model finishes. Recently I made a discovery though. If you wipe off your model with a dry Swiffer pad before painting it will stop dust from being attracted to the plastic, keeping the model more dust free. Give it a try! – Dennis RosskoCarrollton, Texas Quick airbrush cleaning There’s no need to break down your airbrush after each use. I discovered a product called Dentek Slim Brush that’s used for deep cleaning tight spots between your teeth. They are available from Amazon, Target and Walmart, to name a few spots. These brushes can be inserted into the paint cup and all the way into the airbrush’s tip. I…

7 min
scale talk

A diorama making waves Just picked up the April issue and decided to “give it a shot” as the dioramas article suggests. Here is my build of Tamiya’s 1/700 scale British E-class destroyer. I built the kit as a test bed for (and to help overcome my fear of) weathering the ship and for building an ocean going base with waves. The ship is out of the box with light weathering and washes. The rigging is copper wire rolled straight with a file. The base is Styrofoam carved to fit the boat, and then a layer of paper towel and multiple coats of white glue and Mod Podge. The waves are cotton balls and white glue pushed into place with a paintbrush. All the techniques I gleaned from various FSM articles over…

1 min

Aftermarket info spot Is there an easy way to figure Q out what upgrades are available for a model? Is there such as thing as a one-stop shop? My stash has a selection of Star Trek kits that should have plenty of options. – Nate BottingHamilton, Ontario, Canada It’s hard to answer your question A because many places have bits and pieces of information like this That said, I find to be reasonably comprehensive. It’s a user-contributed database that keeps up with new and old kits. Plus, it’s constantly updated with new releases and is a great way to manage your stash and keep track of items you may need or want. – Aaron Skinner…

1 min

Metal Earth fun! If you are looking for a different challenge, check out the selection of Metal Earth models available at Modelers will recognize these parts as looking like the frets of photo-etched metal we all either love or hate (or both depending on how construction is proceeding!). These assemble without glue or soldering, attaching by either bending or twisting tabs that fit through slots. Some assemble from scores of parts and require deft hands. That makes them good practice for working with PE on your other models. The offers six Metal Earth kits, including: DeLorean (85052, $14.95); 1966 Batmobile (85053, $12.95); M1 Abrams (85054, $10.95), Star Wars Death Star (85055, $12.95), Star Wars First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter (85056, $12.95), and B-17 Flying Fortress (85057, $10.95).…