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.
Ricardo Dacoba's spectacular aircraft
A sample of this award-winning modeler's work.
Working with photoetch: The basics
Follow our step-by-step demo to turn a good F-15E Strike Eagle kit into a great model.
Superdetailing the USS Ticonderoga
No need for expensive aftermarket parts - make your own with stretched sprue.
Paint and weather a Grille
Splinter camo patterns on German armor are a breeze with this easy masking technique.
Add folded wings and homemade photoetched detail to Revell's 1/48 scale A-6E.
Light up a Klingon Bird of Prey
LEDs, LightSheet, and fiber optics illuminate this vessel from the Star Trek movies.
Simulate wood grain
Brush-painting techniques help you add this realistic detail to armor model accessories.
Upgrade a Vietnam War EB-66E
Italeri's 1/72 scale Destroyer is OK, but here's how to make it a showpiece.
Detailing a Kommandowagen
Scratchbuilt extras and a simple diorama display base enhance this German armored railcar.
Build a rare Focke Wulf Fw 19a
You can build this revolutionary 1920s canard design from Airmodel’s vacuum-formed kit.
Salvaging Revell's X-17 rocket
A vintage kit from the early days of the space race gets refurbished and detailed.
Build a T-34 tank this weekend!
Build a Three Stooges diorama
Basic painting techniques and a simple diorama base bring Moe, Larry, and Curly to life.
Readers' Choice Awards
You voted for your favorite new kits of 2002 - and here are the results!
Not just for men
Profiles of three female IPMS modelers.
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Letters from modelers around the world.
News & Products
News stories and the latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter
SdKfz 142/3 Panzer III Ausf.M
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
Index of Advertisers
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
The who, when, and where of modeling events.
Hobby Shop Directory
History You Can Model
The enemy below: U-boats