February 1987

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.
Randy Cooper's futuristic modeling
By Larry Munne
Four big models unlike anything you've ever seen!
Boats and guns for three Confederate ironclads
By P. C. Coker
Timesaving techniques for building 1/48 scale cutters and naval cannon
Improving the 1/43 scale breed
By Wayne Moyer
Aftermarket accessories for metal, resin, and plastic car kits
Building your first tank kit
By Terry Sunday
Assembly is easy - the emphasis is on painting techniques
Using metal patterns, stencils, and masks
By Paul Budzik
A variety of techniques for making helpful one-job tools
The delights (and disasters) of decaling
By Paul Boyer
Sometimes the final step toward a beautiful model can trip you
The French Connection
By Marita Johnson
A shadow box diorama depicting World War Two intrigue
Building a TRIM Neptune in 1/72 scale
By Douglas Leisy
Converting Hasegawa's maritime patroller into a Vietnam gunship
David G. Farragut, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, 1862
By John Sanheim
Number 15 in the AMERICAN DRESS AND DETAIL series
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
New Kit Report
FSM Looks at New Products
From the Editor
FSM Clinic
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Reader Forum
Book Briefs
Tips and Techniques
Classified Advertisements
Index of Advertisers
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