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May 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.
Airbrushing & Finishing: Spraying streaks on an SM.79
By Aaron Skinner
See how Shane Hedlund finished his Italian S.M.79 Italian bomber in three-color camouflage, freehand.
Pg. 18
Detailing Tamiya's big P-51
By John C. Backenstross
Tamiya's 1/32 scale P-51D Mustang packs in a ton of detail, and John Backenstross builds it from the box--mostly.
Pg. 20
Helpful hints for a Huey
By Jim Wechsler
For someone who builds armor models, the Academy/MRC 1/35 scale UH-1C may seem like a strange choice. But Jim thinks of this Vietnam veteran as a flying armored personnel carrier and applies his tank-finishing techniques.
Pg. 24
Display base basics
By Mike Butry
Add life and context to your models with easy and inexpensive realistic display bases.
Pg. 28
Improving Airfix's classic Stuka
By Dave Robbins
Airfix's 1/24 scale Ju 87 is a big model that screams for more detail, and scratchbuilding was just the ticket.
Pg. 40
Stretching a fuselage
By Mike Mathieu
Learn how to extend an airline fuselage without cannibalizing a second kit in the process.
Pg. 44
Final Details: The Boyer fellas, from Baltimore to Bronco
By Paul Boyer
Paul reminisces about a display he built for his father in 1974 showing the aircraft the two of them flew in during their time in service.
Pg. 66
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