March 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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Features
Backdating an M4A1 Sherman Armor
By J. W. Cesafsky, Jim Forbes
Conquering individual-link tracks is the key to success.
Scratchbuilt Classic
By Bill Wellcome
Tom Kirn's scratchbuilt 1/15 scale 1934 Packard Coupe.
Sikorsky VS-44A Model Restoration
By Al Kalbfleisch
Reviving the Sikorsky Collection's 1/32 scale flying boat.
Scratchbuilding Mir Russian Orbiter
By Keith McNeill
A space station from plastic tubes and sheet styrene.
International color and camouflage
By Roman Detyna
U.S. Navy Fletcher-class destroyers.
Modeling the Supermarine Spiteful Fighter
By Jack Smith
A major conversion using Matchbox's 1/32 scale Spitfire.
Miniature World Museum: The Best of the Best
FSM's Paul Boyer visits St Charles, Missouri's museum and hall of fame.
Building your own vacuum-former
By William J. Lenches Jr.
Inexpensive materials make the difference.
Lozenge decals
By Alan Smithee
Colorful markings for World War I German Aircraft.
Viking conquest Carrier Jet
By Luc Van den Ende
Superdetailing Esci's 1/48 scale Lockheed S-3.
Almost straight from the box Imperial AT-AT
By Matthew Usher
Bringing MPC/Ertl's "Star Wars" walker to life.
Build your first white-metal artillery kit
By Steven Andreano
The basics of "heavy metal" modeling.
Departments
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.
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
New Kit Report
Industry Update
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Book Briefs
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
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