May 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.
Superdetailed LAV-25 Piranha
It's big, it's impressive, and Talal Chouman's 1/16 scale Operation Enduring Freedom stunner is entirely scratchbuilt inside and out.
Improve the XF-85 Goblin
By Alfonso Martínez Berlana
Turn Special Hobby's 1/48 scale multi-media kit of the tiny experimental fighter into a showpiece.
Figure How-To: Painting realistic eyes
By Brett Avants
Every figure painter needs this skill, and here's a foolproof technique.
Get quality hand-painted finishes
By Matthew Usher
If you're new to modeling or just want to improve your technique, these pointers will sharpen your brush-painting skills.
Build a "bedspring" T-34
By Jim Hensley
Add distinctive aftermarket detail to make your model of the famous World War II Soviet tank stand out from the pack.
Kit Classics No. 61: Lindberg's Thunderceptor
By Matthew Usher
The unusual rocket-assisted XF-91 of the 1950s was the subject of only one kit.
Nostalgia: Making aircraft ID models in WWII
By Charles W. D. "Chick" Gayley
Thousands of high school students did their part for the war effort - by building wooden models.
Readers' Choice Awards
By Lawrence Hansen
The polls are closed, the votes are tallied,and here are the results: your picks for the best new kits of 2003.
The Derfflinger at Jutland
By David Summers
The pride of the Imperial German Navy modeled in resplendent resin.
IPMS Seattle Spring Show 2004 photo gallery
AMPS 2004 show photo gallery
Scottish National Model Championships 2004 photo gallery
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
The latest modeling industry news.
New Products
The latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
SdKfz 251 C
SdKfz 222 armored car
English man-of-war
Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star
F6F Hellcat diorama "Training Day"
Budweiser top-fuel dragster
1929 Packard Boattail
Angel Interceptor
Show Gallery
IPMS (UK) Scale Modelworld 2003
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
History You Can Model
Short stories about subjects you can build.
The Ford Mustang turns 40
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