April 2003

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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Time line Vietnam
By John Guilmartin
A quick overview of the who, what, when, and where of the 30-year-long conflict.
Modeling a Vietnam "Hun"
By Pat Hawkey
With a little surgery and a lot of putty, you can convert Monogram's classic 1/48 scale F-100D into a two-seat F model.
Navy SEALs on the Mekong River
By Joseph Neumeyer
A Hollywood modeler's creative scratchbuilding techniques add realism to this breathtaking diorama.
Build a Huey gunship
By Paul Boyer
Add a new rotor and other resin details to make a showpiece from Italeri's 1/72 scale UH-1C.
Kitbashing a Vietnam gun truck
By James Lyles
This little-known weapon system protected American supply convoys. Here's how to model it.
Home on the M113
By David Huffman
Authentic detailing turns the Tamiya kit into a 3-D snapshot of a grunt's daily life.
Super Skyraider
By Wayne Mutza
The remarkable story of Skyraider No. 738, possibly the most historically significant aircraft of the Vietnam war.
2003 New Kit Report
Find out about this year's exciting new kits.
Extra Articles
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
News & Products
News stories and the latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Online Extra
The Vietnam War for the modeler (1945-1975) - part 1
By John Guilmartin
The Vietnam War for the modeler (1945-1975) - part 2
The Vietnam War for the modeler (1945-1975) - part 3
The Vietnam War for the modeler (1945-1975) - part 4
The Vietnam War for the modeler (1945-1975) - part 5
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Sikorsky RH-53D
Ki-44 Tojo
Knight figure
PzKpfw III Ausf G
Canadair CL-215T
Martin-Baker M.B.5
Kinser sprint car
M2A2 Bradley
Grumman F3F-2
Figure on horseback
World War I U.S. Marine
19th century English gunboat
NASCAR hauler
Panzer I Ausf B
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.
Dwight Johnson: Medal of Honor recipient
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