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FineScale Modeler July 2017

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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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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s page

It’s baaack! GSM, GSM, GSM! The votes are in and happily this election won’t require a recount. Back in the February issue I asked you to let us know if you’d buy a new and improved edition of Great Scale Modeling, an annual special edition we produced until 2011. If there ever was a doubt, there shouldn’t have been. In a landslide that would put every political party and politician to shame, you told us - YES! Thanks! We appreciate your enthusiasm and input and are charging ahead to put together a plastic modelers’ dream wishbook of inspiration. The Return of GSM, as we are affectionately calling the special issue, will be filled with FineScale’s high-quality photos of the best models and dioramas we see at the biggest shows we attend. It will include images from the annual…

9 min.
scale talk

Your voice in FSM Workbench photos Any room can work It’s tight being in a two-bedroom apartment. My wife has graciously allowed me to set this up in our bedroom. It’s small but efficient. My computer desk is adjacent to it, so I can pull up reference photos of the project I’m working on — very handy. Wish I had a paint booth, but there is no room for one. A wide-open window and a fan have to suffice! – Dean Summers Keller, Texas Organization is key I’m finally finished tweaking my workbench. This has been a culmination of several moves, gathering of equipment, creativity, and ingenuity. I have to be highly organized so I can see what I’m looking for. This saves my sanity and the project gets done in a timely fashion. I am currently working on HMS…

10 min.
new products

Spotlight Airfix’s early Stuka dives onto shelves In early World War II, the Junkers Ju 87 dive-bomber proved a fearsome weapon, a reputation blunted by encounters with fast Allied fighters. The bent-winged Stuka soldiered on. Airfix follows up its popular small-scale early Stuka with a B-1 in 1/48 scale kit (No. A07114, $34.99). Despite similarities of version and marking options, the kit is far from just a scaled-up replica. The new kit features refined surface detail with rivets as well as petite panel lines. Based around a heavy wing spar, the cockpit has fine seats, molded dials on the instru ment panel, and terrific side consoles with structural components. Up front sits a decent engine with supports and detailed radiators. Optional braces allow for the cowl to be built buttoned up, a terrific option that…

2 min.
apply weathering for a sherman on the march

Asked to build a late-war Sherman somewhere in Europe, I was given Tamiya’s 1/35 scale M4 (No. 35190). The kit has nice features, especially the cast texture on the turret, a good selection of stowage, and a radio. But the 20-year-old kit has a few shortcomings, notably the open sponsons, solid-molded handles, and recessed weld seams. Tamiya bills the kit as an “Early Production” M4. It has some early M4 characteristics, but it also sports mid- and late-production features; confusing but not necessarily inaccurate. In Europe, many U.S. tanks were refurbished as improvements were ordered by the Ordnance Department. These were added to vehicles as they came through depots for maintenance. So, the kit could be accurately described as an M4 Sherman (Refurbished) or Sherman (Mid-Production). With the exception of filling the…

2 min.
shades of field gray

During World War II, the majority of German soldiers wore field gray uniforms. Like olive drab, there are many interpretations of field gray (feldgrau); the shade varied widely based on dyes and fabrics. Many references and a lot of model paints cast it as a greenish gray, but the paints can appear more gray and sometimes even have a bluish hue Whether you build German figures separately or in dioramas, you’ll need to apply the color. I painted a pair of figures from MiniArt’s 1/35 scale German Soldiers Winter 1941-42 kit (No. 35218), recasting them as prisoners of war huddled around a fire barrel as they await whatever fate has in store. The plastic figures have nicely molded detail and dramatic poses. The focus here is the field gray coats, so…

5 min.
scare up a phantom of a different stripe

In 1976, as bicentennial fever swept the United States, everything imaginable was painted red, white, and blue, including cars, boats, and trains. The U.S. Air Force and Navy got in on the act and painted several aircraft in patriotic schemes. Some were simple, while others enveloped the entire plane. One of the most intricate was applied to Vandy 76, an F-4J Phantom assigned to VX-4, a Navy test squadron. As a test fighter, the aircraft had been modified with fixed leading-edge slats. No single Phantom kit contains everything needed to accurately portray this aircraft. So, I settled on Hasegawa’s 1/48 scale F-4S kit. It still needed some modifications, but it got me most of the way there. 9 Number of years until America’s 250th birthday (There is no good word for this anniversary.) With…