May 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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Create your own Zimmerit
By Robert Oehler
Learn six ways to apply realistic homemade Zimmerit patterns to your German armor models.
Tiger kit roundup
By Robert Collignon
There are plenty of good Tiger kits on the market these days - here's our guide to choosing the pick of the litter.
Scratchbuilt USS [i]Baltimore[/i]
Get a close-up view of the superdetailing on Don Preul's 1/192 scale World War II cruiser.
Lit-up Lockheed Constellation
By Jim Fullingim
Backdate Heller's 1/72 scale kit to model a gorgeous 1950s Braniff airliner - complete with working interior lights.
The Space Station: a modeler's guide
By Mat Irvine
It's still being built, but you can model it now! We compare three kits of the International Space Station and demonstrate how to paint those tricky solar arrays.
By Jeff Wilson
You don't need an airbrush for a great finish, just tools, techniques, and practice. Here are the techniques - the rest is up to you.
Build a simple vac-form rig
By John Myszka
Want to make your own custom canopies? If you have a stove and a vacuum cleaner, you have what it takes to make a basic vacuum-forming machine.
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.
Reader Gallery
Fokker EV/D.VIII
Gazelle SA341F
USS Panay
Lunar Roving Vehicle
Long Haul to Halfaya
1950 Chevy pickup
Ugly Bug Ball
Rolls-Royce Griffon
Saunders-Roe SR-45 Princess
P-47D Thunderbolt
Water for Tatooine
Porsche 911 GT 1
Me 262
HMS Hood
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.
The versatile USS Boxer
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