November 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.
Massimo’s Mustang
Massimo Barbieri’s astonishing 1/20 scale P-51B is full of surprises – and it’s entirely scratchbuilt!
FSM Builds Trumpeter’s big new T-34
By Jim Zeske
Great fit, lots of detail, working suspension and hatches, and boy, is it big! What’s not to like?
Big-scale Formula 1 racecar
Joe Takai’s gorgeous McLaren MP 4/6 is a 1/12 scale tribute to world champion driver Ayrton Senna.
Modeling a wounded Warthog
By Christopher Appoldt
Give an Iraq War A-10 realistic battle damage without really destroying the model.
Secrets revealed: dry-brushing and pastels
By Matthew Usher
You don’t need a PhD in weathering to get a drop-dead realistic finish – if you follow these tips.
Fixing the flea
By Ricardo Dacoba
The Dragon/Revell Me 163 Komet is a good kit; here’s how to detail it into a great model.
Fabulous FAMO tank transporter
He started with Tamiya’s FAMO, added a StuG, and when the groundwork settled, Pat Johnston had a stunning diorama.
Back-dating Monogram’s F-106
By Pat Hawkey
Turn the rough-around-the-edges 1/48 scale kit into the sharp Dart that broke a world speed record.
How to win the numbers game
By Mike McFadden
Try these techniques for simulating raised casting numbers.
Clipping an Albatross’ wings
By Chuck Pomazal
Modify Monogram’s old 1/72 scale kit of the Grumman amphibian into a short-winged SA-16A.
The ultimate workshop
By Randy Fields
The key to building the model room of your dreams is careful planning. Here’s how one modeler did it.
Improve a flamethrowing Panzer
By Joe Morgan
Fire up your modeling skills with Ironsides’ eye-catching multimedia 1/35 scale Flammpanzer II kit.
Making realistic water
By Patrick Roach
Float your boat on easy-to-make, inexpensive waves.
Exquisite figures from Russia
The St. Petersburg Collection carries figure painting to a breath-taking new level.
Online Extra
IPMS/USA National Convention 2004 photo gallery
Wisconsin Maritime Museum 2004 show gallery
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.
News stories to help you enjoy your hobby.
New Products
The latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Tiger I
Shelby 427 Cobra
Bristol Britannia airliner
S.S. Grenadier
TKS tankette
French Foreign Legion scene (Chad, 1970s)
Messerschmitt Bf 109E-4
Viking trading boat Knarr
Crew exploration vehicle Schirra
Fw 190D-9 "Langnasen Dora"
Show Gallery
San Antonio ModelFiesta XXIII
Skill Builder
Storing decals
From the Forum
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Index of Advertisers
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
History You Can Model
Short stories about subjects you can build.
Chico the gunfighter
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