FineScale Modeler January 2018

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

3 min
editor’s page

The perfect season arrives With Christmas and other holidays just around the corner and New Year’s knocking at our door, the perfect season is nearly upon us. I call it the perfect season because we all know that there are benefits, especially for those of us in the northern climes, to being housebound for a weekend. As the wicked north winds blow and the snow piles up against the porch, it’s less likely we’ll have a lot of interruptions to our favorite pastime. Now we can model in peace, create to our heart’s content, snuggle up with our latest issue of FineScale Modeler, and just enjoy ourselves. It’s this time of year that gets me reflecting on my early modeling days. First, getting that new biplane, jet, or car model for Christmas, plus maybe…

3 min
scale talk

Your voice in FSM Now that’s a big model I’ve been building models for 65 years, give or take. The latest project: Would you believe the front 28 feet of a full-size F-100D? The fuselage portion of the project started in 2006. The attached photo shows me in the “model” just after it was completed in July 2015. Steve Rettell taught me how to do the metal work — there’s no way I could have done this without his help. The vinyl decals were made by Jack and Beth Harrell, using my drawings as templates. My wife, Anne, painted the Statue de la Liberté details. This airplane was based in Chaumont, France, and the color scheme was carried in the 1958 William Tell Weapons Meet at Nellis Air Force Base. There’s not enough space to go…

7 min
new products

Spotligh Exclusive: All Japan Hobby Show Report The Tokyo International Exhibition Center hosted the 57th annual All Japan Hobby Show Sept. 29-30, 2017. Most of the major Japanese model manufacturers attended and showed off upcoming releases. FSM’s special correspondent Greg Bower checked out the offerings; here are some highlights BANDAI Continuing its established line of Star Wars kits, Bandai showed off the muchanticipated Perfect Grade 1/72 scale Millennium Falcon. The kit reproduces the 5-foot filming miniature used in the original Star Wars: A New Hope, including three landing-gear legs as opposed to the five used on later models. Surface detail includes faithfully recreated scratches and impact craters, and the kit includes lighting and photo-etched parts. It should be available soon. FREEDOM MODELS Developed in Taiwan for the Republic of China air force, the F-CK-1 Ching-Kuo entered…

6 min
small details tell big story

Crews hustle about the deck and propellers spin as the Akagi launches the first wave of fighters and torpedo bombers against Pearl Harbor. That’s the scene set by Dave Adamson’s 1/350 scale model of the Japanese carrier. The Parker, Colo., resident pulled out all the stops when he built Hasegawa’s Akagi with four of the company’s detail sets embellished with some Eduard photo-etch (PE). In addition to ladders and railings, PE replaced much of the kit plastic under the flight deck. Dave painted most of the 29-inch-long model with Testors Model Master enamels mixed with Testors Universal Enamel Thinner. He uses different ratios for flat — 3 parts paint and 1 part thinner — and gloss colors — 3 parts paint and 2 parts thinner. Using a dental compressor (a leftover from his…

2 min
giving your figure a hand

Most of the time, authors concentrate their step-by-step instructions on painting faces as the focal point of any figure. But hands are just as important and shouldn’t be overlooked. Hands that look like they were painted as an afterthought can mar an otherwise beautifully finished figure and destroy the overall effect of a vignette or diorama. To demonstrate hand care, I painted one of Tamiya’s recently released German tank crewmen (No. 35354). These plastic figures are beautifully molded. By Joe Hudso Next Issue As part of FSM’s Vietnam special in February, Joe shows how he painted the uniform of the Battle of Huê´ U.S. Marine seen at the top of this story. Paints used Scale 75 Light Skin SC-18 Scale 75 Golden Skin SC-19 Scale 75 Indian Shadow SC-23 Scale 75 African Shadow SC-24 Vallejo Surface Primer Light Gray Vallejo…

8 min
how to build an oddball tiger

Tiger F13 is a rolling contradiction — a hybrid tank cobbled together with components from motley vehicles from training schools and unit remnants. It comprises an early production turret with Zimmerit, a midproduction hull, and late-production steel wheels! A part of the Gruppe Fehrmann scratch unit, it saw action late in the war as part of last-ditch German defenses. Only a couple of poor-quality photos are known, but they prove that this tank did exist. I referred to the grainy images as I built Cyber-hobby’s White Box limited-edition Gruppe Fehrmann Tiger I (No. 6335). I also used Atak resin Zimmerit (No. 35032), designed for Dragon’s late Tigers. From the bottom up I replaced the kit tracks with workable plastic Modelkasten Tiger I Late tracks, which include a jig that holds five links at…