January 2004

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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Amazing fighter collection
Superb craftsmanship is the key to Brian James' award-winning World War II and early jet fighters.
Trumpeter's big new Thunderchief
By Larry Schramm
It's big and sleek like a jet fighter ought to be - and now you can model it in 1/32 scale.
Airbrush roundup, part one
By Matthew Usher
Sooner or later you'll want one, but with so many available, which one is right for you? Here's our guide to entry-level airbrushes.
Build a bigger Jagdtiger
By Doug Groom
Basic scratchbuilding converts Tamiya's big 1/16 scale Tiger into a tank-destroying cat of a different stripe.
From Futura to Batmobile
By Dan Thompson
Holy plastic conversions! Turn Revell's Lincoln Futura into the TV Batmobile, just like George Barris did with the original.
Big, beautiful Memphis Belle
By Louis Armour
Combine two Revell-Monogram kits into a museum-quality 1/48 scale replica of the most famous B-17 of all.
Superdetailed WWII ambulance
By Michael Bedard
See how a master armor modeler turned a crude Peerless-Max Dodge ambulance kit into a 1/35 scale showpiece.
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.
Panther Ausf A
Lindberg Ford Crown Victoria
Space Shuttle
Hurricane Mk. I
Three Stooges
Star Wars Y-Wing fighter
Viking ship
1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
14th century Japanese Samurai
New York City Fire Department Fireboat Kane
USS Saipan
Westland Lysander Mk. III
Brummbär Sturmpanzer IV SdKfz 166
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.
David McCambell: The Navy's top ace
Extra Articles
Modeling with children
Show Gallery: The Hobby Show - Toronto 2003
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