FineScale Modeler July 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

2 min
marking another battle-versary

During the summer of 1943, now 75 years ago, massive German and Soviet armies engaged in a sprawling battle outside the Russian city of Kursk. Although the clash involved millions of foot soldiers supported by aircraft and artillery, Kursk is regarded as one of the largest tank battles in history. The invading Germans were heavily outnumbered in men and tanks and other armor. But the Germans had better, more-sophisticated weapons. As the battle dragged on for weeks, the Germans, having advanced little, pulled many of their forces back to protect Germany from invading Allied forces moving north through Italy. Reportedly, the Red Army lost 1,614 tanks and self-propelled guns at Kursk. That was more than a third of the armor it had on the battlefield. German losses are said to be about…

1 min
off the sprue: name your favorite summer concert

Editor Mark Savage Ouch, a tough question. Wait, I asked it! Anyway, mine’s a tie between Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon — both living musical legends who still gave it their all, even as senior citizens. Gotta love bouncing into Graceland! Senior Editor Aaron Skinner It was 1986 — Dire Straits. Just me and 55,000 of my closest friends in the QE2 Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Associate Editor Mark Hembree Greatest concert ever heard, violinist Itzhak Perlman — but Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom (Ind.) festival inspired my music career. Incredible lineup and 35,000 people. Playing that same stage in Monroe’s band five years later was a great thrill! Assistant Editor Elizabeth Nash Seeing Paul McCartney at Summerfest 2016 was a religious experience. He sang old classics, new favorites, and wrapped it up with fireworks. Being in the “standing room only” section…

7 min
scale talk

What do the flag colors mean? Tom Foti’s review of the Academy K2 tank in the April issue mentions the colored flags on the vehicle but doesn’t identify their purpose. On a firing range, the green flag means all weapons are clear, the red flag means the vehicle is conducting live fire, and the yellow flag is for a malfunction. Green and yellow mean malfunction and weapons are clear. Red and yellow mean malfunction and weapons are loaded. The more you know! – Michael Canty Frankfort, Ky. More detailed articles, please I write from England to say how much I appreciated the April issue of FSM with its detailed description of F-86 Sabre type variants. However, it reminded me about the lack of detailed semi-technical information on markings and variant changes with successive derivatives, making subtle options in markings…

2 min
little tony highlights tamiya’s engineering

Arguably the prettiest Japanese fighter of World War II, the Kawanishi Ki-61 Hien, was referred to as "Tony" by the Allies. Tamiya, which released a 1/48 scale kit of the streamlined thoroughbred a year ago, now offers a 1/72 scale Ki-61-Id (No. 60789, $27). Surface molding on the airframe includes some of the finest recessed panel lines I’ve seen with petite raised ribs on the fabric-covered control surfaces. Details abound in the cramped cockpit with a two-part seat, walls with structural and mechanical fixtures, and an instrument panel that has molded switches and bezels to be detailed with decal dials. The kit provides markings for three late-war Hiens. To aid finishing your Tony, Tamiya offers a set of decals for the striking mottled camouflage (No. 12683, $4.50). Fits are first-rate throughout; I had…

2 min
moebius gets treking with uss franklin

The first kit from Moebius Models of subjects from the new Star Trek movies is a 1/350 scale USS Franklin (No. 975, $59.95). Key to the mystery at the heart of the 2016 film Star Trek Beyond, the Franklin is Starfleet’s first Warp 4 ship. Stunning art by noted Star Trek illustrator John Eaves graces the box filled with off-white plastic parts. They are marked by recessed panel lines and well-molded details, such as the strakes on the upper deck and pylon and the array around the hull. Clear parts provide the ship’s main bridge viewscreen and recessed cabin windows, lights, impulse engines, and both the Bussard collectors and rear caps for the warp nacelles. It would be relatively easy to light without having to replace parts. The sturdy stand features the Franklin’s…

4 min
world airliners from decales global

Commercial aircraft modelers thrive on colorful liveries for the planes they want to build. To that end, here are some of the latest releases from Decales Global. Produced in Mexico, the 1/144 scale sheets are available from Joy Decals, Each screen-printed sheet has a continuous clear coat, so they will need careful trimming before application. Five sheets are included in this batch. There’s a 757-200 operated by Mexican low-cost carrier TAESA (No. DG14187). The sheet includes windows and passenger doors, windshield, and emergency access points as well as the tail and titles. For wide-body fans, check out a set to mark a TWA 747-100 (No. DG14187). The provided registration matches the airframe destroyed when Flight 800 exploded off Long Island in 1996, but a matrix of numbers are included for other…