Desert War Modeling

Desert War Modeling

From basic tank building techniques to step-by-step desert weathering tips, this 84-page special edition covers a variety of desert modeling subjects.

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
R 159,38

in this issue

1 min
have you ever admired a model and wondered “how?”

When it comes to building models of aircraft, armor, ships, and even sci-fi and figures, nothing compares to FineScale Modeler — delivered right to your home. From start to finish, each issue includes clear instructions and step-bystep photos that show you how to better assemble, paint, and finish kits. You’ll also find: • How-to articles by experts.• Unbiased kit reviews and product news.• Valuable tips for every skill level.• Galleries from shows and readers.• Exclusive online content and helpful tips.• And much more! When you learn from the best, you save time and money by avoiding unnecessary steps and purchases. Your year of inspiration starts today! Subscribe Today! 2 WAYS TO ORDER: ONLINE: CALL: 877-246-4847 Outside the United States and Canada, call 903-636-1125.…

2 min
modeling combat in sand

Over the last century, wars have been fought across almost every continent and in all manner of geography — the islands and atolls of the Pacific, the jungles of Burma and Vietnam, the mountains of Kashmir and Kokoda, and the frozen hells of the Ardennes and Chosin. But one place that has seen combat in World Wars I and II up to today is the desert. Open terrain, long distances, and the lack of cover make the use of armor and aircraft essential in taking and holding key strategic locations. But the harsh combination of sand, sun, and heat is taxing on soldiers and machines alike. That may be why modeling desert war subjects remains popular; a tour of any model club or contest room reveals plenty of models of tanks, trucks,…

8 min
tank techniques & tips

Sometimes it’s nice just to build something. When I picked up Italeri’s Carro Armato L6/40, I decided to eschew aftermarket products and use only what was in the box (which even provided a little photo-etched metal (PE) to detail the light tank). Alignment Some armor kits come with the lower hull molded as a single part. But Italeri chose to make the L6/40’s hull from four flat components. It fits well, but it’s important to pay attention to the alignment of the major components. A slight deviation at this stage is magnified as construction progresses, causing parts not to fit. So, take your time, dry-fit, and double-check any less-than-positive fits before finally committing glue to plastic. I didn’t have any major problems with the L6/40’s hull, and I fit the interior parts at this…

4 min
step-by-step desert weathering

In preparation for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, British army vehicles were sprayed with desert sand camouflage over the standard green and black. This lighter paint wore on edges and corners, giving heavy vehicles, such as the Challenger 2 main battle tank, a slightly tatty appearance. In addition, the heavy MBT churned up lots of sand and dust, quickly coating surfaces. I wanted to recreate this look on Tamiya’s 1/35 scale Challenger 2 (desertized) model. Here’s how I did it. Keep in mind that while these combined techniques work well for this modern AFV, they are also applicable to German and Allied armor in North Africa during World War II, as well as many vehicles used in the Arab-Israeli wars. Now at To see how Aaron masked and painted the Challenger 2’s 24…

4 min
“first in the blue”

The China-Burma-India theater usually comes to my mind when someone mentions the P-40 Warhawk. Almost instinctively, I imagine an airplane with a threatening shark mouth painted on the lower engine cowl, Gen. Claire Chenault at the stick. I also remember the 1942 film Flying Tigers with John Wayne racking up enemy kills. Rarely did I think of P-40s flying over North Africa. Then I saw color photos from World War II showing Warhawks doing just that, and I was hooked. I picked up Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale P-40K (No. 09659) and SuperScale’s markings for a P-40K-1 from the 64th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, in North Africa, 1942 (No. MS481261) — one of the first U.S. fighters in action there.…

4 min
modeling a minicraft b-24d

I had wanted to build a B-24 Liberator for a long time — but I didn’t have the space for a 1/48 scale bomber, and the only 1/72 scale Liberators I knew were old kits. However, my friends talked me into giving Minicraft’s B-24D a try. It dates from 1991, but it’s not a bad kit. Still, I could see plenty of room for improvement. References Consolidated B-24 Liberator, Vol. 1, K. Janowicz & A. Jarski, ISBN 978-83-7237-130-0, Vol. 2, ISBN 978-83-7237-141-6, Vol. 3, ISBN 978-83-7237-145-4 B-24 Liberator, B. Holder, ISBN 978-0-89747-489-4 Combat Legend: B-24 Liberator, M. Bowman, ISBN 978-1-84037-403-2 Planes, Names & Dames, Vol. I, L. Davis, ISBN 978-0-89747-241-8 Detail & Scale: B-24 Liberator, B. Kinzey, ISBN 978-1-888974-17-1 Sources Vacuum-formed canopies and turrets, Squadron, 972-242-8663,…