April 1997

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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Features
Armor Conversion
By Curtiss Knowles, Glen D. Phillips, Rebecca Saliture
The SdKfz 251/22D half-track.
Third Place Winner "Be An Author" Contest
Matt Stricker models Jeff Gordon's NASCAR Monte Carlo in 1/24 scale.
International Color and Camouflage: Phantom II
By Paul Boyer
The F-4N in U.S. Navy gull gray schemes.
Steve Younk's 1933 Bugatti 50T
Handcrafted details help personalize Pocher's 1/8 scale classic.
Arming LT. Worf
By Dan Thompson
The proper side arm for a 1/6 scale "Star Trek" figure.
The Wildest Wildcat
By Pat Hawkey
Converting a 1/72 scale F4F to a lightweight FM-2.
Adding Detail: "Remodeling" USS Hornet
By James Kloek
Improving Hasegawa's 1/700 scale aircraft carrier.
New Kit Releases
FSM's annual look at the industry's latest offerings for modelers.
Departments
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Terry Thompson.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
News & Products
News stories and the latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Industry Update
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
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