September 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 - Simple improvements for building a better P-40
By Rogerio "Rato" Marczak
Rato takes a HobbyBoss 1/72 scale P-40B/C and improves it using simple techniques that any modeler can and should have in his toolbox. 
Pg. 24
Airbrushing & Finishing: Down-and-dirty weathering
By Aaron Skinner
Greg Hanchuk's walks you through his processes for creating mud, streaking, and chipping for his armor models. What's more, he reveals how he makes puddles and adds vegetation to his bases for extra oomph! 
Pg. 22
Show Gallery: AMPS 2014
The best military models were on display in Fredricksburg, Va., in early April at the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society's annual international show. FSM Associate Editor Aaron Skinner attended and brought back this report.
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FSM Basics: Painting wood grain
By Chuck Davis
Ever wanted to paint realistic wood grain on your plastic models? Here's how you do it in six easy steps!
Pg. 36
Modeling Mexico's Con Air
By Frank Cuden
The sinister looking Boeing 727s flown by the Mexican federal police caught Frank's attention, so he modeled one using a Minicraft 1/144 scale airliner kit.
Pg. 38
Modeling aircraft battle damage
By Waikong Chung
U.S. Air Force Col. Larry B. Mason (retired) asked Waikong to build a scale replica of the Canberra he flew over Vietnam after taking heavy antiaircraft fire. Here's how he replicated all that damage.
Pg. 40
Building a VIP Junkers
By Ricardo Dacoba
Ricardo converted Revell's 1/48 scale Junkers Ju 52 into Hermann Goring's personal plane using photo references, clever modifications modifications, and resin seats he cast himself.
Pg. 44
Final Details
By Mark Hembree
What are your five must-have tools? Find out what our readers think!
Pg. 66
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