April 2008

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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Features
Portofolio: Eric Reinert's amazing armor
By Aaron Skinner
A deep love of history inspires this talented modeler.
pg. 18
Cover Story: Weather a natural-metal Thunderbolt
By Luciano Rodriguez
Six easy-to-learn steps lead to a realistic, battle-weary finish.
pg. 22
SUBSCRIBER-ONLY EXTRA: More of Luciano Rodriguez's 1/72 scale P-47 Thunderbolt
Armor How-to: Build a Panzer ace's Tiger I
By Harvey Low
Model Otto Carius' Eastern Front tank with simple kit modifications.
pg. 30
Aircraft How-to: Detail a Kawasaki Ki-45 "Nick"
By Carmine Mari
Plenty of scratchbuilding helps update Nichimo's vintage kit.
pg. 34
Aircraft How-to: Backdate an A-20 Havoc
By Charles Lipkin
Build an early version of Douglas' versatile bomber and apply an unusual camouflage scheme.
pg. 44
Showcase: Dennis Gerber's B-17 vignette
By Mark Hembree
A vivid portrayal of air-to-air combat.
pg. 48
Departments
New Products
The latest products to help you enjoy your hobby.
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by your fellow readers.
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's Editor, Matt Usher.
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world.
Show Gallery
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.
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Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
History You Can Model
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