October 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.
Spectacular Doolittle Raid USS Hornet
To recreate the famous raid’s moment of launch, Kelly Quirk enhanced Trumpeter’s 1/350 scale kit with plenty of aftermarket and scratchbuilt detail.
Weathering with washes
By Matthew Usher
Learn how to add depth and realism to any model as we dirty up Tamiya’s 1/35 scale Tiger I.
Cutaway aircraft modeling “revealed”
By Daniel C. Jayne with Chuck Stewart
A master modeler shows how he opened up Hasegawa’s 1/32 scale Bf 109G and detailed it from the inside out.
Modeling Fire Base Easy
By Bill Norton
Add aftermarket details, crew figures, lots of gear, and desert groundwork to Italeri’s M107 kit to build this impressive Israeli Defense Force diorama.
Weather a war-weary Phantom
By Darren Roberts
We show you simple kitbashing and creative weathering techniques for modeling the ratty look of this Vietnam War F-4C.
Painting German camouflage uniforms
By Brett Avants
Follow this step-by-step demonstration to get great results with these simple hand-painting techniques.
Simple Corsair conversion
By Paul Boyer
Backdate Hasegawa’s 1/72 scale “Birdcage” Corsair to model the famous fighter’s prototype.
Pacific war bunker
By Sean Prizeman
Extreme research: A modeler visits the site of an intense U.S. Marines skirmish before recreating the scene in 1/35 scale.
IPMS/USA National Convention 2004
Wisconsin Maritime Museum 2004 show
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Mark Thompson.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
New Products
The latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders.
8th Air Force P-51D Mustang
Panther Ausf A
Hummel I
Airbus A380-800
Shiden-Kai N1K2-J "George"
Billings WSP 10 boat
Alien Attacker from Independence Day
Boeing 747
Show Gallery
Atlanta Model Expo 2004
Questions & Answers
Have a question? FSM is here to help.
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler.
From the Forum
Kit Classics No. 62
Boraxo's 20 mule team
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
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.
SR-71: Cold War marvel
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