July 2009

FineScale Modeler July 2009
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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Features
FSM video: Issue preview
Building an Aussie Leopard
By Aaron Skinner
A kitbashing conversion for a big cat
pg. 20
A quick guide to Leopard kits
Spotting the differences
pg. 26
History You Can Model: A-10 Thunderbolt II: Warthog
By Mark Hembree
Republic's legacy of ground-pounders
pg. 28
Showcase: Museum-scale masterpiece
By Kelly Shaw
Guillermo Rojas Bazàn's stunning B-17
pg. 32
Improving a great big Gato
By Phillip Gore
USS Cobia surfaces in the details
pg. 34
Portfolio: Contest-winners out of the box
By Mark Thompson
Straightforward models that take trophies
pg. 42
ONLINE EXTRA: More of Brian Birk's contest-winning models
Backdate a Constellation
By Carl Knable
Cutting and casting for an older Connie
pg. 46
Kit Classics
By Tom Graham
Revell's Bell X-5
pg. 74
Departments
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's editor, Matthew Usher
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world
Spotlight
FSM's Aaron Skinner examines exciting new products
New Products
FSM's Monica Freitag compiles the latest products to help you enjoy the hobby
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders
Questions & Answers
FSM's Mark Hembree provides a clinic for your modeling problems
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
Hobby Shop Directory
Classified Marketplace
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