July 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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Features
Weathering a desert M1 Abrams
By John Plzak
Follow our step-by-step demonstration of a wash and dry-brushing process that'll make those hidden details pop out.
Thrilling "in-flight" model photos
By Albert Moser
An expert modeler - and photographer - uses Photoshop to create life-like scenes.
Detail an RAF fuel truck
By Aurelio Gimeno Ruiz
Turn a crude kit into a fitting tribute to the ground crews who kept 'em flying during the Battle of Britain and beyond.
Crabtree sailing ship collection
Modeling pioneer August Crabtree's breath- taking scratchbuilt models chronicle the history of sailing ships.
Rigging a Bristol Boxkite
By Mike Ashey
Cables, struts, and wires on biplanes got you down? Here's how to detail that showpiece - and keep your sanity!
By Cookie Sewell
It's a snap with the modeler's secret weapon: Silly Putty!
Wartime Ford Woody
By Steve Guthrie
Convert the 1/25 scale AMT/Ertl '41 station wagon kit into a Canadian World War II staff car.
Fast and easy paint wear
By Brian Barton, Michael Chorney, Charles Swank
Get professional-looking results with a simple technique using table salt.
Departments
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Online Extra
IPMS/USA National Convention 2003 photos - part 1
IPMS/USA National Convention 2003 photos - part 2
IPMS/USA National Convention 2003 photos - part 3
News & Products
News stories and the latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
He 219 Uhu
Heritage Softail Harley-Davidson
Apollo 11 Lunar Module
Bergepanzer Tiger
MiG-19 Farmer
TF-104G
PzKw IV Ausf H
B-17G
Panther F
Scottish Longboat
USS Oriskany
TR1
Chevy Bel-Air
U.S. Marine Assault Amphibian Vehicle
1890 Concord stagecoach
F4U-5N Corsair
U-boat Type XXI
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
Kit Classics No. 55
Aurora's Convair 990
By Tom Graham
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