May 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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Huge paddlewheel aircraft carrier
By Lawrence Hansen
Bill Ballenger's scratchbuilt replica of a World War II training ship.
Big, beautiful P-47
By Scott Murphy
Hyperdetail Revell's old 1/32 scale Jug into a showpiece.
Battle of Berlin diorama
By Javier Redondo Giménez
A dramatic depiction of street fighting in the Third Reich's last days.
Modeling for museums
By Paul Boyer
Milwaukee's IPMS chapter contributes to museums across the country.
Build a rare German tank-buster
By Peter Rasmussen
All it takes is a little kitbashing and basic scratch- building for this early Marder.
Striping a Tiger Meet F-16
By Ricardo Dacoba
Detail and paint a Viper.
Prototype German tank destroyer
By Fraser Gray
World War II ended before the E-25 saw service, but you can build one anyway.
Marvelous mining shovel
By Lawrence Hansen
Bigger than the biggest tank, this tracked wonder is entirely scratchbuilt.
The century's 100 most significant aircraft
By Paul Boyer
Your chance to vote!
Muddy your armor
By Ron Poniatowski
It's a dirty job, but it'll add realism to your combat vehicles.
Rare B-17 gunship
By Jack Smith
It wasn't successful in combat, but the YB-40 makes an impressive model.
Build and paint a 1950s-era sailor
By Brett Avants
A master figure painter shows how.
Your most-wanted kits
By Paul Boyer
The kits you're waiting for.
Dynamic aircraft display stands
By Forest Dalton
Make "in-flight" model mounts.
Amazing scratchbuilt armored railcar
By Christine Griffin
It's the first phase of a big 10-car German armored train project.
Easy de-icer boots with decals
By Gifford Hamilton
No hassle, no painting.
Online Extra
OnlineExtra Gallery
Marder III
E boat
A-7 Corsair II
M5A1 Stuart tank
CF-18A Hornet fighter
German Jagdtiger diorama
1966 Cobra
Israeli F-15I fighter
USS Enterprise startship
M-51 "Isherman" tank
Teutonic knight
Two-Face figure
Pro street Willys coupe
M21 halftrack mortar carrier
F-101 Voodoo
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
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.
P-47D Razorback
1949 Oldsmobile stock car
German WWII halftrack
Japanese cruiser Takao diorama
TT-1 Pinto trainer
Card stock German minesweeper
Japanese Type 97 CHI-HA
North American AT-6/SNJ
T-26B Russian tank
MD-11 Egypt Air
Russian KV 2 heavy tank diorama
Monza Jungle Jim funny car
McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee
Billiken's Thing
Porsche 911 GT1
Viking Orbiter circles Mars
F6F-3 Hellcat
M18 Hellcat
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.
Charles Loring: Medal of Honor recipient
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