November 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.
Ricardo Dacoba's spectacular aircraft
A sample of this award-winning modeler's work.
Working with photoetch: The basics
By Christopher Appoldt
Follow our step-by-step demo to turn a good F-15E Strike Eagle kit into a great model.
Superdetailing the USS Ticonderoga
By Albert Tureczek
No need for expensive aftermarket parts - make your own with stretched sprue.
Paint and weather a Grille
By Scott Conner
Splinter camo patterns on German armor are a breeze with this easy masking technique.
Intruder upgrades
By Manuel Guajardo
Add folded wings and homemade photoetched detail to Revell's 1/48 scale A-6E.
Light up a Klingon Bird of Prey
By Michael T. Jones
LEDs, LightSheet, and fiber optics illuminate this vessel from the Star Trek movies.
Simulate wood grain
By Lynn Kessler
Brush-painting techniques help you add this realistic detail to armor model accessories.
Upgrade a Vietnam War EB-66E
By Pat Hawkey
Italeri's 1/72 scale Destroyer is OK, but here's how to make it a showpiece.
Detailing a Kommandowagen
By Fraser Gray
Scratchbuilt extras and a simple diorama display base enhance this German armored railcar.
Build a rare Focke Wulf Fw 19a
By Armando Loni
You can build this revolutionary 1920s canard design from Airmodel’s vacuum-formed kit.
Salvaging Revell's X-17 rocket
By David Carlton
A vintage kit from the early days of the space race gets refurbished and detailed.
Weekend wonder
By Lawrence Hansen
Build a T-34 tank this weekend!
Build a Three Stooges diorama
By Louis Armour
Basic painting techniques and a simple diorama base bring Moe, Larry, and Curly to life.
Readers' Choice Awards
By Lawrence Hansen
You voted for your favorite new kits of 2002 - and here are the results!
Not just for men
By Elisa Neckar
Profiles of three female IPMS modelers.
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.
Junkers JU 88A-17
Colonial Viper
Macchi M52R
Horch type 1a
Warrior MCV
USS Juneau
Sikorsky H-34 Seahorse
Sea Fury
Ducati 996 Superbike
Sopwith Pup
Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter
Mitsubishi A6M5c Zero
SdKfz 142/3 Panzer III Ausf.M
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.
Index of Advertisers
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
History You Can Model
The enemy below: U-boats
The enemy below: U-boats
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