May 1986

FineScale Modeler magazine is the essential tool for modelers of all skill levels.  Learn how to create models of aircraft, armor, ships, cars and more.  Every issue provides clear, well-instructed articles that show how to assemble the latest model kits and how to master painting and finishing techniques.

Kit reviews, new kit and product announcements, tips from experts, and a gallery of readers' models make every issue packed with value.
1986 New kit releases
FSM Staff Report
Al Kalbfleisch's 1/12 scale samurai general vignette
A challenging project for a beginning figure painter!
Converting Historex soldiers - into just about anything!
By Ray Anderson
Step-by-step techniques for posing and detailing plastic figures
Grumman's forward-swept X-29
By Jamie Pye, Denis Skora
Scratchbuilding the radical experimental jet in 1/48 scale
Detailing Israel's Merkava main battle tank in 1/35 scale
By Terry Sunday
Techniques you can apply to any vehicle, particularly if you lack good reference material
Macro-scale modeling techniques
By Walter Vail Jr.
Scratchbuilding tiny science-fiction models
Improving starship models with paint
By Gino Dykstra
Implying intricate detail in two dimensions
Sergeant, 4th Marine Brigade, American Expeditionary Forces, France, 1918
By Ron Rudat
Number 11 in the AMERICAN DRESS AND DETAIL series
FSM Looks at New Products
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
From the Editor
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Book Briefs
Tips and Techniques
Reader Forum
Classified Advertisements
Index to Advertisers
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