December 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
USS Cowpens
By Al Kalbfleisch
Al Kalbfleisch's spectacular 1/96 scale Ticonderoga-class cruiser.
Scratchbuilding a 1/35 scale M41 "Gorilla"
By Pedro Andrada
A little-known U.S. self-propelled 155mm howitzer.
Modeling the Fuhrungsmaschine
By Christopher Wallace
The Luftwaffe's unusual pathfinder in 1/48 scale.
Boulevard Bruiser: 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
By George Bojaciuk
Building your first 1/25 scale resin-body car.
Building a World War I trench diorama 1/35 scale
By Steven Hustad
Composition, focus, and figure posting are the keys.
Kit Classics No. 37: Revell's Aerobee-Hi Rocket
By Mat Irvine
A research rocket from the dawn of the space age.
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.
Industry Update
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
New Kit Report
Book Briefs
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
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