February 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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Marvelous WWII Luftwaffe bomber
Alfonso Martinez Berlana upgraded Dragon's 1/48 scale Ju 188, adding zebra-striped camouflage and elaborate interior details.
By Robert Collignon
If you could build your favorite Sherman tank, where would you start? In a two-part special feature, a prize-winning modeler shows you what he did to produce a spectacular M4A1 with 76mm gun.
Sorting out Shermans
By Cookie Sewell
A Sherman is a Sherman, but not all Shermans are alike. Here's a concise guide to the variations of this workhorse tank.
A stunning 18th-century privateer
By Carl Caiati
More than 2,000 hours and dozens of upgrades went into this wooden kit of the Rattlesnake, a Revolutionary War sailing ship.
Meet screeding
By David Merriman
Borrow a technique from masonry and learn how to make your own custom parts - either straight or perfectly curved.
Sea Fury to Reno racer
By Mike Kolasa
A real-life Korean War veteran fighter plane was the inspiration for this conversion of Hobbycraft's 1/48 scale Sea Fury.
Choose the right glues
By Robert Collignon
Many types of modeling glues are available; discover the one that's best for the job at hand.
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.
Show Gallery
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.
Eastern Express BT-7
Roden Fokker D.VII
Italeri/Zvezda Sukhoi S-37 Berkut
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.
The Sherman in winter
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