FineScale Modeler January 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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2 min
plunging into 2019

We’re about to plunge into a new year, according to the calendar on your wall. But if you check the date on this issue, for example, you’ll notice 2019 is already underway. At the magazine we’re always working ahead to keep you swimming in fresh modeling news, tips, and techniques that we hope will help you enjoy your favorite hobby. This year we lead off with a stellar maritime build from our overseas ship expert, Ulf Lundberg. You’ve seen his work before, but Ulf has a way of making even the most difficult build and detailing look easy. We also know you aircraft builders are always looking for good reference material. So we asked Darren Roberts, one of our top aircraft modelers, to delve deep into U.S. Navy aircraft squadron ID markings. This…

1 min
off the sprue: name your favorite beatles song

Editor Mark Savage I think it varies. As a kid it was Yellow Submarine, but nowadays it seems like When You’re 64, or Long and Winding Road are more appropriate. But I sing along with them all each morning listening to the Beatles channel on XM in the car. Amaze myself at how many I know by heart! Favorite? Here Comes the Sun! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner This is like asking me to name my favorite airplane, but here goes: If I’m singing out loud in the car, it’s A Hard Day’s Night. Otherwise, I’d probably say Let It Be. Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash Contemplative mood: In My Life Sad: She’s Leaving Home Happy: I’ve Just Seen a Face On deadline: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer All-time favorite: Eleanor Rigby … You just can’t go wrong with their music! Editorial Associate Monica…

2 min
questions & answers

Decanting spray can paint Q I need to decant spray can paint. What does that process involve? – Eric Weinberg, via email A Decanting spray cans is relatively easy, but can be really messy if things go awry. Here’s how I do it. First find a container to store the paint in. If you plan on using it for more than one session, choose a bottle or jar you can close tightly. Take the lid off the container, wrap a piece of aluminum foil over the opening, and secure it with a rubber band. Then use a pen or pencil to poke a single hole through the foil. Next, take a plastic drinking straw — any kind will work but the bendy ones are especially useful — and cut a 4- to 5-inch piece. Tape one…

4 min
scale talk

Honoring another Navy father The letter from Rich Zolla in the October 2018 “Scale Talk” really hit home with me. My father also served on a destroyer escort whose tour included the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. He also passed away in 2014 at the age of 93. Dad served aboard the USS Fleming (DE-32) and it sounds like our fathers must have crossed paths during the war. The movie, The Enemy Below, also was required viewing in our household! One of my best memories of my dad was the tour he gave me, the year before he passed, of the only remaining WWII DE the USS Slater, docked in Albany, New York. I will never forget it! Just wanted to let you guys know what a small world it really is and…

1 min
now at

Free, free, free … That’s right, you can download this and other images from our website. John Plzak built this gorgeous AFV Club M54. See his full review starting on p. 58 in Workbench Reviews. Find the answers Questions about finishing or building? You can find answers online with FSM’s collection of free videos and stories detailing build processes from start to finish! New Product Rundown Want to know about a new kit on the market? Aaron Skinner and Elizabeth Nash host a twice-monthly video review of the newest models and show what’s inside the boxes.…

2 min
reader tips

Easy pitot tube replacement In many cases pitot tubes are flimsy or have nasty mold lines that are difficult to clean up. An easy way to improve the look of your model is to replace plastic parts with machine printed circuit boards’ pins, connectors, or towers. One source is Mill-Max Corp. ( Mill-Max will even send you a few free samples. You only need to find the pin or connector that matches the size and shape you are looking for, 1, modify the plastic piece to accept the metal part, perhaps by enlarging the opening, 2, and voila! You have what you need, 3, no seam lines to clean up and a much better looking and much stronger pitot tube. This trick also can be applied for antennas, machine guns, etc. You just…