April 1987

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.
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Features
The art of the diorama
By Ray Anderson
Part 1: Choosing a subject for a scene that tells a story
The Ryan FR-1 Fireball and F2R Dark Shark
By Warren Eberspacher
These composite-powered fighters eased the Navy into the jet age
Scratchbuilding C. S. S. Hunley in 1/24 scale
By David Merriman
Techniques for modeling a pioneer submersible in wood and plastic
Painting natural-metal finishes
By Larry Schramm
Spray-and-buff metal paints produce realistic bare-metal aircraft models
Modeling the Soviet KV-1E heavy tank in 1/35 scale
By Dan Tisoncik
Adding applique armor to Tamiya's KV-1C produces a new version
Building and detailing Starter's Porsche 956
By Ed Barthelmes
Adding Robustelli's details makes this 1/43 scale car a winner off the track
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, second Nicaraguan intervention, 1926-1933
By Ron Rudat
Number 16 in the AMERICAN DRESS AND DETAIL series
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Update
FSM Looks at New Products
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New Kit Report
From the Editor
FSM Clinic
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Book Briefs
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Reader Forum
Tips and Techniques
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Index of Advertisers
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