December 2003

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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Incredible British gun truck
Spectacular scratchbuilt detail and great weathering turned an old Peerless kit into this fabulous World War II Bedford QL gun carrier.
From Kitty Hawk to Mach 3
By Paul Boyer
A brief overview of powered flight's first century.
Accurizing the Wright Flyer
By Mitsuo Kashiwagi
Monogram's old box-scale kit from the 1950s is still a good kit. Make it a showpiece with scratchbuilt details and replacement parts.
Kitbash an early Blackbird
By Paul Boyer
Before the SR-71, there was the A-12. We show you how to use two Italeri kits to model the famous Lockheed spy plane's predecessor.
100 most significant aircraft
By Paul Boyer
FSM readers voted for the most important aircraft of the first century of flight. And the winners are ...
Super gloss paint jobs from a rattle can
By Matthew Usher
We demonstrate the tricks for getting contest- winning gloss finishes on a spiffy Jaguar Mk. II.
Sherman surgery
By Brian Penny
Simple corrections, scratchbuilt details, and a resin turret turn Dragon's 1/35 scale M4A4 into a sharp Canadian-service Sherman V
Set the stage for award-winning realism
By George DeWolfe
These simple design concepts will help take your dioramas to the next level.
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.
The Call of Duty
Amhurst SA-6
Curtiss SBC-4 Helldriver
The War of the Worlds
USS Peleliu
Soviet 152 assault gun
Cessna 150HS
LVT-(A)-1 Amtank
I.N. Kozhedub’s La-7
Renault FT 17
USS Crockett II
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.
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
Kit Classics No. 58
Renwal's fabulous flying machines
Extra Articles
IPMS Region 2 show photos
Military Miniature Society of Illinois 2003 show
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