FineScale Modeler February 2020

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
focus on amazing modern machinery

While the diversity of aircraft and armor during World War II was amazing, there’s no denying that today’s modern weapons are equally amazing for their performance capabilities. Take our cover model for instance, the F-22 Raptor. Not only are these stealthy, so hard to detect, they also have a top speed of 1,500 mph. For a kid growing up when F-86 Sabres and F-100 Super Sabres were flashing though the skies at 800+ mph, nearly doubling that is crazy impressive. Tanks also have progressed considerably since Gen. George S. Patton’s 3rd Army rolled across France and Germany. I’ve always liked the shape of Britain’s Chieftain and so this month we highlight Karel Sutt’s story on improving and detailing this tough-looking battlebot of a tank, the last of which left British frontline units…

1 min
off the sprue: dog person or cat person? why?

Editor Mark Savage We’ve had both and loved both, but I prefer dogs because they are more outgoing. I love their excitement and enthusiasm and general lack of self-centered interest. I mean other than food, they just want to be around YOU and share your day with you. That’s unconditional love, baby! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner I like both, but live with cats because dogs require more room than we have. And despite the boss’ obvious bias, I find my cats to be especially hazardous to my modeling. Over the years they have been known to climb into my lap and snooze while I work, the epitome of quiet and unassuming love. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash Nope. Not picking just one. Not no way, not no how! I want all the four-pawed fluffy lovable creatures around me I…

4 min
scale talk

More favorite war movies! In the November issue, FSM asked for input about favorite WWII movies and why. My favorites made my list because each movie had a great story, wonderful acting, and a seemingly high level of realism. In no particular order: Land: 1. Battleground, 2. Attack, 3. A Walk in the Sun, 4. Sahara, 5. The Train, 6. Patton, 7. Saving Private Ryan, 8. Hell to Eternity, 9. Objective Burma, 10. Bataan Sea: 1. The Enemy Below, 2. Das Boot, 3. Sink the Bismarck, 4. Run Silent Run Deep, 5. They Were Expendable, 6. PT 109, 7. Destination Tokyo, 8. The Caine Mutiny, 9. Mr. Roberts, 10. Operation Petticoat Air: 1. 12 O’Clock High, 2. 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, 3. The Dam Busters, 4. Battle of Britain, 5.The War Lover, 6. Tora,…

1 min
reader tip

Use cylindrical items for masking I save cylindrical items of various diameters such as bottle caps, lids, and receipt rollers to use as cylindrical paint masks. I find these easier to control than a flat circle template. This technique helps me paint multi-colored circular items such as one-piece tires and wheel hubs. Photo 1 shows a few of my cylindrical items. Photo 2 shows the main wheels of a Hasegawa 1/32 scale P-26A Peashooter, before and after painting. Both wheels have been painted with Testors Metalizer stainless steel to color the hub. The hub of the second wheel has been masked with the lid of an eye lubricant vial, and painted with Tamiya German gray (XF-63), for me, a realistic color for rubber tires. Photo 3 shows me airbrushing the Tamiya gray while…

3 min
new products

AIRCRAFT 1/32 SCALE 1/35 SCALE 1/48 SCALE 1/72 SCALE 1/144 SCALE ARMOR 1/35 SCALE SHIPS 1/72 SCALE 1/192 SCALE FIGURES REAL SPACE 1/144 SCALE MISCELLANEOUS 1/35 SCALE 1/35 SCALE MISCELLANEOUS DETAIL SETS 1/35 SCALE ARMOR DETAIL SETS 1/35 SCALE AIRCRAFT DECALS 1/72 SCALE 1/144 SCALE BOOKS Mirage III — IAI Nesher/Dagger, $28.95, by Salvador Mafe Huertas, softcover, 144 pages, 10 color profiles, 220 B/W photos, ISBN: 978-8-3661-4847-5. From Casemate Publishers. Airplanes in Scale, $25, softcover, 144 pages, 600+ color photos, ISBN: 978-84-94884-6. From Accion Press. Space in Miniature — Building Gemini, SIM #9, hardcopy version $12, PDF download $10, hardcopy and digital $15, by Mike Mackowski, over 200 photos. From Find us on Facebook Connect with modelers from across the globe, share ideas, have some fun! Correction The correct website for the Marmo Method Modelbuilding Guide CDs is: Workbench Reviews Look for a detailed review in an upcoming issue of FSM. WBR Welcome new manufacturers Space in Miniature Hypersonic Models…

3 min
royal blue for the queen

I took a break from sci-fi and military figures to pay my respects to this 1/14 scale resin bust of Queen Elizabeth II from The 9th Gate Miniatures, which produces amazing bust and figure kits — very well cast with little to no cleanup. For a royal blue robe and hat, I used the Andrea blue paint set. The six colors are listed as base blue, 1st light, 2nd light, 3rd light, 1st shadow, and 2nd shadow. These paints dry flat and do not leave a sheen — perfect for velvet. While very different from my sci-fi and military work, I still start by priming using my airbrush and Tamiya sky gray.…