FineScale Modeler May 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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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
wrapping up world war ii in europe

Victory in Europe, or V-E Day, was the beginning of the end of World War II. Meanwhile, the war in the Pacific raged on for three more months. But the six years of horrific battles, attrocities, deaths, and almost unimaginable destruction in Europe came to an end 75 years ago, on May 8, 1945. We mark that happy day with this issue. As we’ve said before we’re here to honor the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom. One way to do that is to build replicas of the machines of war, which helps us modelers get closer to that history, and those who lived through it. It’s often their stories that inspire modelers to build a specific project. To that point, our Aaron Skinner offers a stunning T26E3 Pershing with a…

1 min
off the sprue: what should be your theme song?

Editor Mark Savage Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s Takin’ Care of Business because: 1. That’s what editor’s do. 2. BTO’s snarky attitude in the song. 3. I love lyrics like: “And if your train’s on time, you can get to work by nine, and start your slaving job to get your pay. Look at me I’m self-employed, I love to work at nothing all day.” Senior Editor Aaron Skinner Depends. AC/DC’s Back in Black gets me pumped, but on more introspective days, I might lean on Point of Know Return by Kansas. If Cold Chisel’s You Got Nothing I Want is coming from the speakers, it’s probably best to leave me alone. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash Am I in a pleasant, life is good sort of mood? I’ll go with Kentucky Woman by Neil Diamond. It’s simple, free-spirited, and upbeat. Am…

7 min
scale talk

Yes, make more pilots I would like to echo Mike Canty’s letter in the March 2020 issue. I much prefer to model aircraft in flight, so I am always scrambling for pilot figures. It is even more difficult for me as I generally model in 1/72 scale. With all the obscure aftermarket parts available in a variety of scales, it seems odd not to find the same array of choices for pilots. Surely there should be availability in various eras and scales. Keep up the good work. I look forward to receiving each issue of FSM. – Stephen Swan Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada Models need to be worth price I appreciated Larry Schramm’s thorough and professional review of Revell Germany’s 1/32 scale Super Hornet in the February 2020 issue. I had great sympathy for his struggles with a…

1 min
now at

Wallpaper to spiff up your screen! Feel (or at least see) the Fury on your computer when you download this wallpaper image of Kitty Hawk’s 1/48 scale FJ-2. Read Chuck Davis’ review of the “Navy Sabre” on p. 56. More how-to and new product videos That’s right, we are not only doing our monthly New Product Rundown and weekly Single Shots of individual kits that we receive here at FSM HQ, but now master modeler Kenneth Childres is doing fun Skill Building how-to videos to provide tips and techniques to help you make the best models you’ve ever produced. These are short and sweet, so take a look!…

1 min
reader tip

Make your own sprue rack While sprue racks are available commercially, with some scrap cardboard and a hot-glue gun one can assemble your own rack. I had previously made one using thin plywood and Masonite pieces, but it was a) overkill, and b) my slots were too small. I used it to assemble a 1/32 scale Tamiya Corsair. This time, I’m building a huge Airfix 1/24 scale Typhoon, that has 15 huge sprues that needed organizing. Using some scrap cardboard from Costco LED shoplight boxes and a hotglue gun I was able to build a practical sprue rack. The whole AVES project STUDIO took less than an hour. I measured the height of the sprues and chose 1-inch spaces, which proved big enough for all of them. Even with this, the sprues spill out of…

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the aviation historian: great read, reference

If you like aircraft and the history of flight, you’ll love The Aviation Historian. Each issue of this British quarterly covers all aspects of manned flight, both military and commercial, in a sharply printed package. Each article features beautifully reproduced photos, graphics, and maps. FineScale Modeler is proud offer the latest issue of TAH, No. 30 for sale online at Highlights include stories about the P-39 in Soviet service, Iranian anti-SAM Phantoms, the Tu-104 airliner in Czechoslovakia, radar-hunting B-17s, and a half-dozen more. As you can see, the subjects bridge the globe, providing relaxing and infomative reading with some modeling reference as well as plenty of inspiration along the way. You can also find many back issues on the store. Each issue costs $19.99.…