July 2002

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
Russian armor diorama
Bruce Teal creates incredibly realistic battle damage for a scene from the war in Chechnya.
Simulate natural metal finishes
By Bucky Sheftall
There's more than one way to skin a P-38. Here's how to do it with aluminum foil.
P-38 roundup
By Paul Boyer
Lockheed's twin-tailed terror has been the subject of dozens of kits. We'll help you sort out the best ones in the scale you want.
Build a full-hull USS Midway
By Mike Ashey
What do you do when waterline just isn't enough? Kitbash, of course! An expert ship builder shows you how.
WWII figure paints
By Brett Avants
A concise guide that takes the guesswork out of choosing the correct Andrea and Vallejo acrylics.
Award-wining Bradley
Talal Chouman's spectacular 1/16 scale M2A2 won both the Best Armor and Judges' Grand awards at the 2001 IPMS/USA Nationals.
Build an Isreali "Twin Huey"
By Yoav Efrati
Use aftermarket parts to refit Italeri's 1/72 scale UH-1N.
Finding vintage kits
By Lawrence Hansen
Is the kit you want to build out of production? Don't despair - we'll tell you where to look for it.
How to simulate weld seams
By Jeremy Pearse
Five ways to add this realistic detail to your armor models.
Departments
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
News & Products
News stories and the latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Tiger I
Concorde
Karl Morser
TBM-3
Oberfeldwebel
Coast Guard Lifeboat
B0 105
M29C Weasel
B-57G
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Index of Advertisers
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
History You Can Model
Short stories about subjects you can build.
Marine Squadron One
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