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February 2015

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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Airbrushing & Finishing: Camo for a little Japanese tank
By Ozur Guner
Ozur turns Fine Molds' 1/35 scale Ha-Go into a veteran of the Japanese invasion of Manchuria with clever painting and weathering.
Pg. 16
Demon in training
By Frank Cuden
An important link in the development of U.S. fighters, the F3H is underserved by model kit makers. Frank waited years to accumulate references before building his 1/72 scale Demon.
Pg. 20
Can't-miss Messerschmitt
By Bill Plunk
Known for his German armor, Bill Plunk built Trumpter's 1/32 scale Bf 109F-4/Trop upon losing a bet and had a ball doing it.
Pg. 25
Removing canopy mold seams
By Raul Corral
Canopies on modern aircraft kits have mold seams that must be removed to look right. Raul shows you how to sand and polish to eliminate the marks and leave a clean, clear canopy.
Pg. 30
FSM Basics: Wilcat weekend
By Greg Murphy
Taking a break from modeling wooden ships, Greg uses foolproof techniques to build a 1/72 scale F4F-4 Wildcat over a weekend.
Pg. 38
Tips for scratchbuilding armor
By Harvey Low
What do you do when you want a model but there is no kit? Instead of waiting patiently for one to finally appear, why not scratchbuild it yourself?
Pg. 40
Snow-covered chariot of fire
By Federico Collada
Federico reveals his techniques for finishing realistic tracks, weathering, creating a dynamic base, and creating snow.
Pg. 44
Show Gallery: ValourCon IV
Here are a few highlights from the fourth annual IPMS Winnipeg model contest show.
Pg. 48
Final Details: Procrastination or planning?
By Mark Hembree
FSM asked you, "Is there a build you're putting off?" Here's what you said.
Pg. 66
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