January 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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Mediterranean Theater overview
By John Guilmartin
Far from being a strategic backwater, this theater played a crucial role in the overall Allied victory.
Painting a desert scheme "Emil"
By Kostas Dimitropoulos
Here's a step-by-step guide to finishing Tamiya's 1/48 scale Bf 109E-4 in striking North African camouflage.
Award-winning USS Texas
By Derek Brown
Make no small plans: Derek Brown shows us how he scratchbuilt a spectacular model of this surviving dreadnought.
Afrika Korps Tiger
By Colin Shea
Basic modifications turn Italeri's 1/35 scale Tiger I into an early combat version of the famous tank.
Powered-up small-scale Spitfire
By Paul Boyer
Prop-spinning fun in 1/72 scale! We show you how to motorize a USAAF Spit.
Anzio Annie
By Jim Haught
Two modeling friends teamed up to scratchbuild a 1/35 scale model of the huge German K5E railcar gun used in Italy.
First-time armor conversion
By Peter Rasmussen
Ready to move beyond straight from the box? Add a gun to Tamiya's Steyr 1500 truck - here's how.
Great diorama groundwork
By Barry Beaudry
A master modeler shares tips, tricks, and techniques for giving your diorama the right foundation.
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.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Alouette III
F6F-5 Hellcat
German SS sniper
King Tiger
Coelian Type D tank
Maus Flakzwilling tank
IJN Tama
Bristol F2b
Ares launch vehicle
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 Tuskegee Airmen
Online Extra
Extra Articles
By Charles Landrum
Detailing a floatplane in 1/400 scale
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