January 1990

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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Thaddeus Janowski's Unusual War Machines
Spare metal parts and junk are combined in these striking mechanical sculptures
Lesson three: Modeling paints - they're crucial for a good finish
By Paul Boyer
Model display shelves you can build
By Mike Whye
Plans for easy-to-make shelves
Aurora Batmania from the 1960s
By Andy Yanchus
Number 3 in THE CLASSIC KITS series
Modeling the first Sherman tank
By Lee Thomas
An M4 conversion in 1/35 scale
Sprucing up the Arii 1/48 scale Willow
By Bob Steinbrunn
Biplanes aren't as difficult as they seem
The Red Arrows' Hawker Siddeley Gnat T.I
By Peter Cooksley
Tiny but graceful, the Gnats thrilled British audiences in the 1970s
Building a simple vacuum former
By Bill Gebhard
This machine can be made from metal, wood, or Plexiglas
The light side of modeling
IPMS/U.S.A. 1989 National convention
The Hunter
By E. Douglas Wunder
Scratchbuilding a fantasy diorama
International Color and Camouflage
By Jeff Rankin-Lowe
CF-5A Wrap-around variegated scheme
FSM Update
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
FSM New Kit Report
FSM Looks at New Products
From the Editor
FSM Book Briefs
FSM Reader Forum
FSM Tips and Techniques
Classified Advertisements
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
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