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FineScale Modeler July 2021

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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United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
R 114,05
R 613,64
10 Issues

in this issue

5 min
go big with small details

Sometimes, military planners are guilty of preparing for the last war - especially when they get information that seemingly validates their thoughts. Successful deployment of Polikarpov’s quintessential biplane fighter, the I-15, during the Spanish Civil War led the Russians to believe that the day of the maneuverable biplane fighter was not over. They were wrong, and the follow-on I-153 Chaika was essentially obsolete before it even entered production. But hundreds were built and the nimble fighters were part of the backbone of the Soviet air force when Germany invaded in 1941. Despite the bravery of its pilots, the I-153 was outmatched by the Luftwaffe from the outset. Recast as a fighter-bomber, the Chaika survived to fight for the Motherland well into the war. The Polikarpov I-153 was small and ICM’s 1/72 scale…

6 min
perfecting luftwaffe camouflage

From mid-1940, German day fighters were finished in a standard camouflage of RLM74 graugrün and RLM75 grauviolet over RLM76 lichtblau with mottling of RLM02 grau, RLM70 schwarzgrün, and/or RLM75 on vertical surfaces. But there are numerous examples of variations in the field as squadrons and pilots added personal touches to the aircraft. The Messerschmitt Bf 110 you see here is an example of this. One of several aircraft flown by Luftwaffe ace Lt. Felix-Maria Brandis over the Eastern Front in the opening months of Operation Barbarossa, this particular fighter had heavy dark mottling and streaking added to the fuselage sides. I liked the challenge of replicating this unique finish on a Zerstörer. For the project, I built Eduard’s 1/48 scale Bf 110E, pretty much straight from the box. Fortunately, the kit includes…

3 min
italeri tornado gr4

Italeri’s 1/32 scale Tornado GR4, the final service version of the husky striker, has been getting a lot of attention from modelers. Build options abound, including posable flaps and slats, airbrakes and thrust reversers, and optional vinyl tires. Other nice additions are a boarding ladder and a trolley to display one of the Turbo-Union RB.199 engines. The kit provides a selection of weapons, although some don’t apply to Royal Air Force Tornados. Among those that do are laser-targeted GBU-12s; 2,250-liter fuel tanks; AIM-9 missiles; BOZ-107 countermeasures; and Sky Shadow ECM pods. A nice inclusion would have been Brimstone air-to-ground missiles carried by the GR4 on numerous deployments late in its career. The airframe parts feature pronounced panel lines — some might call them overdone — and other surface details. A separate, detailed painting…

2 min
new products

AIRCRAFT 1/48 SCALE Fw 190A-5 from Eduard, No. 82149, $49.95. P-39Q Airacobra from Eduard, No. 8470, $29.95. Weekend Edition. 1/72 SCALE Du doch nicht! (Albatros D.V, Fokker Dr.I, and Fokker D.VII) from Eduard, No. 2135, $66.95. SIAI Marchetti SF-260M/AM/W from Special Hobby, No. 72418, $14.60. Martin (B-10) Model 139WC/WSM/WT Chinese, Siamese and Turkish Service from Special Hobby, No. SH72440, $38.90. 1/144 SCALE Boeing B-52H 20th BS “Buccaneers” USAF from Academy, No.12622, $55. WBR ARMOR 1/35 SCALE Jackal 1 High Mobility Weapon Platform from HobbyBoss, No. 84520, $106.99. WBR Mercedes L1500S German truck with cargo trailer from MiniArt, No. 38023, $TBA. Lanz D8506 German tractor with cargo trailer from MiniArt, No. 35317, $TBA. T-54 late transmission set from MiniArt, No. 37066, $TBA. Austin Armoured Car 3rd Series (German, Austro-Hungarian, Finnish Service) Interior kit from MiniArt, No. 39010, $TBA. Syrian T-34/85 from MiniArt, No. 37075, $TBA. T-34/85 Plant 112, Spring…

4 min
improving trumpeter’s kv-1 ekranami

While the Red Army’s KV-1 could shrug off most German tank-mounted weapons in the summer of 1941, the infamous 88mm gun was another story. To improve the heavy tank’s protection, appliqué armor was bolted to the turret and, later, the hull sides as well. Introduced within weeks of the German invasion, the KV-1 Ekranami (roughly meaning “with screens”) was only built for a short period as the added weight taxed the powertrain and suspension and broke road wheels. It would be replaced by an up-armored version of the KV-1 with a cast turret, but the stopgap Ekranami continued service around Leningrad and on the southwestern front. Trumpeter’s 1/35 scale KV-1 kits are terrific with good details, clear headlight lenses, and hollowed exhausts. However, there are a few things you can…

6 min
babylon 5 starfury

Revell-Monogram’s Babylon 5 Starfury kits are rare but can still be found. The company issued two versions: The original included decals for six Starfuries and a simple paint guide. A later-released special edition contained seven different decal options, more detailed instructions and paint guide, a certificate of authenticity, and a Starfury pin! But the plastic in the kits was identical. Green Strawberry released two photoetched metal (PE) and resin detail sets for the Starfury kit, and RedshirtModels produces an interesting set of alternate guns and underwing missiles. Combined, they create a handsome replica of Commander Susan Ivanova’s personal Starfury from the Babylon 5 TV series. In addition to these upgrades, I lighted my model to give it that extra oomph while displaying it. PROJECT AT A GLANCE •Revell Monogram 1/72 scale Babylon 5…