December 2002

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
Stunning USS The Sullivans
By Christine Griffin
Take a look at Steve Kohl's award-winning model of the destroyer named for five brothers who served together.
BUFF history
By Paul Boyer
Still going strong after a half century: We survey the B-52's history and development.
Build a B-52H
By Paul Boyer
Detail AMT's big 1/72 scale kit as the [i]Memphis Belle IV.[/i]
Bomb-striping machine
By H. Scott Edwards
Show your B-52's stripes with this neat trick for quick, realistic ordnance detail.
B-52 kit roundup
By Paul Boyer
Which BUFF should you build? Here's our guide to kits in all the popular scales.
Make realistic trees
By Lee Vande Visse
Create more dynamic dioramas! It's easy with our step-by-step instructions.
Getting started in scratchbuilding
By Tony Hammes
Want your Sherman to stand out from the pack? Build an M8 ammunition trailer for it.
Easy T-34 tank kitbash
By Peter Rasmussen
Ready for your first step beyond "straight from the box?" Combine two kits to make an Egyptian T-34/100 tank destroyer.
Revell's USS George Washington
By Tom Graham
How a model kit became notorious during the Cold War.
Departments
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
News & Products
News stories and the latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
M3 medium tank
Mountain bike
Revolutionary War submarine
F4F-4 Wildcat
Horse-drawn ambulance
1959 Pontiac Star Chief
Sturmtiger
Boeing 737-300
Toyota Corolla rally car
F-4J Phantom on deck
Nantucket lightship
NASA Super Guppy
Evel Knievel and his Harley
Panther Ausf A
Soviet Naval Infantry soldier
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Index of Advertisers
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
History You Can Model
Short stories about subjects you can build.
Apollo 17: End of an era
By Jim Haught
Online Extra
Extra Articles
Using automotive paint on your models
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