April 1998

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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Advanced Results: Winter Messerschmitt
By Aurelio Gimeno Ruiz
Modeling Erich Hartmann's JF-53 Bf 109G-6.
Portfolio: Aircraft Conversions
Modeling an M84 mortar carrier
By John M. Sherrer III
Scratchbuilding an obscure tracked vehicle.
Lighting a Klingon Bird of Prey Sci-Fi
By Scott Shirley
Easy, inexpensive techniques illuminate the "Star Trek" ship.
Advanced Results: Finishing vinyl figures
By Louis Armour
Building a 1/6 scale Indiana Jones diorama.
Working with punch-and-die sets
By Lee Coll
Versatile tools for advanced detailing.
New Kit Releases
FSM's annual look at the industry's upcoming offerings.
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Terry Thompson.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
News & Products
News stories and the latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Book Briefs
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
Industry Update
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
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