December 2004

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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Stunning World War II aircraft
For Bill Pettyjohn, the delight is in the detail – and incredibly realistic finishes.
Nine ways to beat the airbrush blues
By Matthew Usher
Try these tips for getting your airbrush to spray the paint where you want it when you want it – and without blemishes.
Dressing up Dora
By Alfonso Martínez Berlana
Simple conversion and detailing – plus a killer paint job – turn Dragon/Revell’s 1/48 scale kit into an Fw 190D to die for.
Build a different kind of Sherman
By Lawrence Hansen
Ready to go a step beyond straight-from-the-box? Take the plunge with us as we correct and upgrade Dragon’s Sherman Firefly Vc.
Making armored vehicle optics
By Graeme Davidson
Here are three great techniques for simulating the brightly colored lenses and viewports on modern AFVs.
Shore leave in Shanghai
Inspired by the rare visit of two U.S. warships to China in 1989, Ray Bean built his amazing hand-painted diorama around two 1/350 scale resin kits.
Build a terrific T-28 trainer
By Gil Hodges
Still the only 1/48 scale Trojan, Monogram’s old kit just needs some aftermarket and scratchbuilt detail to be an up-to-date winner.
Online Extra
Armored vehicle optics explained
By Graeme Davidson
Laser devices have greatly improved the effectiveness of AFVs. To learn more - and see photos of real AFV optics - click here.
MMSI 2004 show
IPMS Vancouver 2004 fall show
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
The latest news about the hobby.
New Products
The latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
French knight at Poitiers
WWII U.S. soldiers in bombed city
U.S.S. Olympia
Ki-44 Tojo
F-111 Aardvark
SdKfz 223
Texaco station
2001 Honda NSR 50 Grand Prix
M1A1 Abrams
PB4Y-2 Privateer
Show Gallery
IPMS Seattle show
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.
From the Forum
The FSM online modeling experience.
Index of Advertisers
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
History You Can Model
Short stories about subjects you can build.
The fabulous F-15 Eagle
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