February 2014

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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Cover Story: Making a good Zero better, Part 3
By Aaron Skinner
In this installment, learn how to weather field-applied camouflage.
Page 36
Airbrushing & Finishing: Silly Putty masking for a snazzy schnellboot
By Aaron Skinner
Twenty-four-year-old modeler Kyle Uy shares his techniques using Silly Putty to paint a unique camo pattern on a German torpedo boat.
Page 20
Build a better Tomcat
By Darren Roberts
Backdate an Academy 1/48 scale F-14 Tomcat plastic kit to 1985 to intercept the Achille Lauro hijackers.
Page 22
Building a prototype tank
By Cristobal Vergara
Two Trumpter 1/35 scale KV-1 tank kits and scratchbuilding combine to make a prototype Soviet KV-220.
Page 28
Gallery Special: FSM World War I Aeroplane Group Build
Focusing on World War I aircraft, daring modelers from the FSM Forum show off their flying machines. Kits from Roden, Encore, Eduard, Wingnut Wings, and more!
Page 42
Modeling an A3D-2 Skywarrior
By Frank Cuden
Modify Hasegawa's 1/72 scale A3D-2 Skywarrior to an earlier version with a longer nose and tail gun using aftermarket accessories.
Page 46
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