October 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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Trouble on the Eastern Front
George Schachinger used older, less-expensive kits and refurbished a built-up model for this breath-taking German World War II armor diorama.
Building Chuck Yeager's X-1
By Matthew Usher
Eduard's 1/48 scale X-1 is a great first-time multi-media kit. We unlock the mysteries of working withresin and photoetched parts.
Hasegawa's big new Fw 190D-9
By Jim Zeske
Accurate, easy to build, and full of extras, it's a 1/32 scale detailer's dream.
Improving the Taney
By Tim Reynaga
Aftermarket parts and simple scratchbuilt detail transform Revell's old Coast Guard cutter into a showpiece.
Simulate spinning propellers
By Paul Boyer
Motorized props may be impressive, but here's a simpler and easier way to create a realistic effect.
Stuart tank conversion
By Ron Poniatowski
Turn Tamiya's M5A1 into the rare M5 variant of this tough little tank.
Revitalizing vintage kits
By James Green
Detail is skimpy on Airfix's old 1/72 scale S.M.79 bomber, but with scratchbuilt extras, it'll hold it's own against fancy new kits.
Kit Classics No. 57: Strombecker's Bell X-1B
By Matthew Usher
Chuck Yeager's historic flight prompted one of the first plastic kits.
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.
Curtiss BF2C-1
"Handschar" cavalryman
1994 Ford Mustang GT
Panzer IV
B-58 Hustler
DC-3 Dakota
Mil Mi-25
Korean War Marine
Israeli diorama
B-25 diorama
Bleriot 25
M4 Sherman
Bf 109F-2
USS Samuel B. Roberts
Panther G late version
Bren gun carrier
SAS Land Rover
Chesapeake Bay workboat
N1K1 Kyofu Type 11 "Rex"
1923 Mack truck
Sikorsky S-40
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
History You Can Model
Short stories about subjects you can build.
Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier
By Jim Haught
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