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Joe Szczygiel's HET and Abrams
Not only is Joe Szczygiel's 1/35 scale heavy equipment transporter hauling a damaged Abrams a large model — nearly 2' long — but it is bea... Read more »
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Tamiya 1/35 scale SOMUA S35
Download a desktop wallpaper of the 1/35 scale Tamiya SOMUA S35 French tank Jim Zeske built and reviewed for the July 2015 issue. Click the links belo... Read more »
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Zvezda 1/35 scale SdKfz 251/1 Ausf B "Stuka zu Fuss"
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FSM Glossary
  • pin marks
    Impressions left in plastic by the pins that eject parts from a mold.
  • color modulation

    A fool-the-eye technique that simulates natural lighting effects by painting highlights and shadows to bring out details on a model and give it a realistic look. Because this is permanent color correction, it locks the lighting and shade orientation regardless of the actual ambient light.

  • liquid sprue
    Sprue from a model kit cut into small pieces and dissolved in liquid model cement. Used as a filler.

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