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FineScale Modeler

FineScale Modeler

December 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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Frequency:
Monthly
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2 min.
forget the devil, the joy is in the details

Modelers love details, am I right? If we didn’t, there would not be a market for the thousands of resin and photo-etched metal (PE) addons available today, scratchbuilding would not be as popular, and the publishers of all of the reference tomes that crowd our bookshelves would be out of business. Of course, my shelves would be less crowded and my wallet heavier, but that’s beside the point. Which is that we love details. We love re-creating them on our models whether it’s ensuring that is the right ejection seat for that F-15 at that time or nailing the Zimmerit pattern on a StuG III. For me, that also means looking for ideas to add detail to my models. (I especially like any ideas or techniques that make PE easier to…

1 min.
off the sprue: what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Editor Aaron Skinner askinner@FineScale.com “Never mix alcohols — that’s what bartenders are for.” Good advice, although this has also been useful: “Don’t open a tube of superglue with your teeth again.” Editor, Modeling Brand Group Tim Kidwell tkidwell@Kalmbach.com “Wear a seat belt.” Digital Editor Elizabeth Nash enash@FineScale.com “Be nice, but be heard.” An 80-something family friend told me this when I was in middle school. I took it to heart because it seemed to work for her. She was well-loved because she was so kind, but definitely not a pushover — when she spoke, people listened. Editorial Associate Monica Freitag mfreitag@FineScale.com I have two. “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” And: “Show up 100% and give your full effort. If you’re not willing to go all-out, don’t bother - applies to work, friendships, and family.” Paint & Play author Kim Taylor editor@FineScale.com “Never try new techniques…

8 min.
scale talk

Shoe store fascination I’m a 75-year-old geezer who can’t pick up his favorite magazine at B&N anymore, so when y’all sent me a subscription beg, I did it. Got my first issue right before hitting the three-quarters of a century mark, so I’ve been checking it out. Pretty much normal stuff but the Final Details really caught my attention. I really wish that had been a lot longer with more photos, but I guess Final Details is a regular thing and a one-pager. I wanted to say “Well done!” Are there more things like this from Mr. Bullock? - Daniel Coston Fayetteville, Ark. Ed: Thanks. Tim’s diorama is a great example of the creativity and ingenuity modelers bring to the workbench, no matter the subject. Enjoy a few more photos. Decal faces? Hello. I’m a…

1 min.
q&a

Wing warp on all B-29s? Q I tremendously enjoyed the story about Academy’s 1/72 scale B-29 in the September 2020 issue. Can you tell me if Academy has addressed the twisted wing problem? Keep up the good work. – T. Lee Locust Grove, VA A As far as we can tell, this was a one-of-a-kind problem with the kit that Chuck built. We’ve talked to others who have built this kit and no one has experienced the problem. It’s possible it stemmed from how the kit was stored in the intervening 30 years. – Aaron Skinner Is it a Lee or a Grant? Q In your Desert War Modeling special issue, the article “Forgotten Casualty” refers to the subject tank as an M3 Grant. But I believe the tank is a Lee. I thought the Grant…

5 min.
new products

AIRCRAFT 1/32 SCALE 1/48 SCALE 1/72 SCALE ARMOR 1/35 SCALE 1/48 SCALE 1/72 SCALE FIGURES 1/35 SCALE SPACECRAFT 1/48 SCALE AUTOS 1/35 SCALE MISCELLANEOUS 1/35 SCALE AIRCRAFT DECALS 1/48 SCALE 1/144 SCALE 1/200 SCALE AIRCRAFT DETAILS 1/32 SCALE 1/48 SCALE 1/48 SCALE BOOKS More at www.FineScale.com Check out Aaron Skinner’s reviews of the latest kits in New Product Rundown on the FSM website. Workbench Reviews Look for a detailed review in an upcoming issue of FSM. WBR Find us on Facebook Connect with modelers from across the globe, share ideas, have some fun!…

3 min.
winterizing a jeep

The jeep’s all-terrain capability and its versatility — countless modifications can and were made to the vehicles — saw them serve in nearly every capacity and every theater during World War II. I wanted to represent a Jeep in winter with the windshield and canvas top up and snow chains on the wheels. To do so, I built Tamiya’s 1/35 scale jeep (kit No. 35219) making some modifications. I forced the rear leaf springs flat and adjusted the attachments to show the suspension taxed by the extra weight. The cargo and the wheels with chains came from Adler (No. AD.35055) and the canvas roof with its support is a Def.Models item (No. DM35014). The kit’s windshield was too thick, so I replaced it with clear plastic cut from a cotton swab…