FineScale Modeler March 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
light one up for the next show!

More and more, the lighting of models to give them a whole new specter of realism seems to be taking hold. We see it now regularly at the major modeling shows we attend each year. And to be honest, it’s exciting. Certainly our forays to Louisville’s WonderFest show highlighting science fiction and fantasy models has seen the trend. It seems to us that sci-fi models were some of the earliest adopters of lighting. But we’ve witnessed great lighting jobs on everything from aircraft carriers to fighter jets, and yes, quite a few starships from every sci-fi film and TV show that has ever been aired. This issue our own Aaron Skinner builds Polar Lights’ K’t’inga Klingon Cruiser from Star Trek: The Motion Picture using a super masking set and lighting kit designed…

1 min
off the sprue: what was the first concert you went to?

Editor Mark Savage In 8th grade, a young lady classmate invited me to see the Temptations at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in its ancient colosseum. Being on a date seemed more important than the concert at the time, but the Temptations were smoooooth, just as I imagined myself being at the time. Senior Editor Aaron Skinner The first I really remember was seeing blues great Brownie McGhee in the main refectory at the University of Queensland in the mid-1980s. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash $10 got me a lawn “seat” at a punk rock show staring Panic! at the Disco, Fallout Boy, and Blink-182. Six hours standing was worth it to see the headliner’s drummer strapped into his chair so he could play while his set was lifted into the air, turned upside down, and spun around (all above…

8 min
scale talk

Final call for great WWII movies I agree with Donald Poppele in “Scale Talk” (November 2019) regarding “Off the sprue” and his favorite World War II movies. He’s right, there are too many to mention, but someone should make a top 100 list. Here are my top 20 WWII movies. I like older WWII movies because of the actors. These are not in any particular order, they are all good. I tried not to duplicate Donald’s list. 1. Murphy’s War (1971), because it stars Peter O’Toole. Grumman J2F Duck vs. U-boat. 2. The Caine Mutiny (1954), Humphrey Bogart as a mentally unstable ship captain. 3. Destination Tokyo (1943), Cary Grant as a submarine skipper who sneaks into Tokyo bay. 4. Twelve O’Clock High (1949), Gregory Peck commands a B-17 bomber group. 5. The Bridge On The…

3 min
new products

AIRCRAFT 1/32 SCALE Messerschmitt Me262 A-1/A-2 from Revell Germany, No. 03875, $59.95. WBR Hannover CL.II Early from Wingnut Wings, No. 32079, $129. Iron Maiden Spitfire Mk.II Aces High from Revell Germany, No. 05688, $39.99. Includes 2 Eddies 1/35 SCALE Focke-Wulf Triebflugel with boarding ladder from MiniArt, No. 40005, $45. 1/48 SCALE FJ-2 Fury from Kitty Hawk, No. KH80155, $69.99. WBR 1/72 SCALE U.S. Navy F-14A Tomcat VF-143 “Pukin’ Dogs” from Academy, No. 12563, $33. WBR PZL. P.24G in Greek Service from IBG, No. 72524, $44.95. 1/144 SCALE Airbus A320neo Lufthansa New Livery from Revell Germany, No. 03942, $23.28. Douglas C-133B Cargomaster from Roden, No. 335, $39.99. Boeing 307 Stratoliner from Roden, No. 339, $29.99. Fw 190D-9 from Eduard, No. 4461, $12.95. ARMOR 1/35 SCALE M1897 75mm field gun from IBG, No. 35058, $20.42. 3Ro Italian truck in German service from IBG, No. 35054, $40. T-55 Czechoslovak production from MiniArt, No. 37068,…

2 min
a dwarf for all seasons

I’m a sucker for dwarves, so I couldn’t resist this stout Odrgeir the White figure from Red Box Games (No. 0320). To the top of the helmet, this fantasy character stands about 25mm tall (short?). Dwarves are called “sons of earth” in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia, so I went with earth tones for the color theme. I use many of the same browns, yellows, and oranges on different parts of the figure, which gives him a cohesive appearance. I paint with Vallejo products unless otherwise noted. In the next issue Open the April issue to see how Joe Hudson airbrushed this striking bust of Sean Bean’s character from the TV series Sharpe.…

2 min
poster-putty masks for soft lines

The magic of airbrushing is the ability to produce smooth, fine transitions between colors. Sometimes those transitions need to be a little sharper, but not a hard line like tape will provide. Raised paper can get you there, but I find it difficult to control, especially on smaller scales. That’s where a poster putty — Blu-Tack is one of many brands available — makes a perfect mask. Unlike Silly Putty which settles very close to the surface and produces sharp demarcations, rolls of poster putty keep their shape better. So spraying directly down on the putty edge will produce a neat soft line. It was just what I needed when I airbrushed camouflage on Italeri’s 1/72 scale Piasecki H-21. In the early days of the Vietnam War, many Shawnee troop…