September 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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German armor diorama
By Lawrence Hansen
It's the end of the road for a Panther A crew in David Vickers' huge 1/15 scale diorama.
Building the IJN Fuso
By Harvey Low
No kit? No problem! A master modeler tells how he scratchbuilt an award-winning 1/700 scale Japanese battleship.
Finishing an F-4
By Mike Adamson
Beauty is only skin-deep, and here's how to give your model a beautiful finish.
Converting a V-1 buzz bomb
By James Green
Upgrade Testor's old kit into a U.S. Navy Loon missile.
Sanding tool roundup
By Paul Boyer
A handy guide to tools that make sanding easier and faster.
German WWII submarine
It doesn't get more authentic than this: Data for Chris Lentzy's scratchbuilt diorama came from a surviving Type VII C U-Boat.
Star Wars: Episode II
By Matthew Usher
The story behind the visual effects: an interview with Industrial Light + Magic's Brian Gernand.
Realistic tank tracks
By Lynn Kessler
An easy formula for simulating tread wear on your armor models.
FSM Readers' Choice Awards
By Lawrence Hansen
Your picks for the outstanding new kits of 2001.
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.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
A6M2 Zero
Bandai Gundam rgm-111
Russian KV-IIB tank
1955 Ford pickup
Dragon Maus
Italeri Steyr prime mover
Aries 1B
A-1H Skyraider
Brabham-Ford BT52
Batman figure
TBF-1C Avenger
F-15E Strike Eagle
Ferrari F310B race car
Show Gallery
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.
The record-setting Voyager
Online Extra
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