September 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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Superdetailed Bren carrier
Bob Collignon turned Tamiya's kit into a rare French Indochina variant by adding loads of scratchbuilt detail and a great finish.
Building Academy's new F/A-18C
By Larry Schramm
Big, beautiful, and loaded with ordnance options, it has more than 800 parts - and it's a 1/32 scale winner!
Improving Hasegawa's Ki-61 Tony
By Alfonso Martínez Berlana
We show you how a good kit can become a greatmodel with aftermarket details and a slick paint job.
Building large-scale ships
By Rusty White
A professional ship modeler demonstrates wood kit construction techniques while he builds a 1/96 scale World War II escort carrier.
Raiders of the Lost Ark flying wing
By Louis Armour
Transform a simple toy into an "accurate" model of the movie's fantasy aircraft.
Creative fire
By Lee Vande Visse
Here's a matchless way to simulate fire on your next diorama.
Early U.S. moon probe
By David Carlton
Detail a rare Aurora kit from the early days of the Space Race.
Convert a Pacific War tank destroyer
By Joe Morgan
It's hard to find a kit of the U.S. Marines M3 Special Purpose Mount, but you can make one from Tamiya's M21 mortar carrier.
Kit Classics No. 56
By Tom Graham
Deal's Wheels ZZZ-28.
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.
F9C Sparrowhawk
Olds 442
Tiger I
Burial Detail
40mm Bofors
Citroen C4 Pompier
Boeing 747-400
F-51 Mustang
1st Panzer Division diorama
Dumas Chris Craft
Zero Type 52
F4U-1 Birdcage Corsair
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.
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
OnlineEXTRA Article
By Matthew Usher
NorEastCon 2003 photos - part 1
NorEastCon 2003 - part 2
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