February 2009

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
Showcase: Modeling a Cold War icon
By Kelly Shaw
A master goes deep on this Typhoon-class sub
pg. 20
Cover story: Make your models indestructible
By John Ferdico
Innovative techniques for sturdier models
pg. 22
Kitbash a Sherman Firefly
By Colin Shea
Plastic, resin, photoetched metal, and three kits!
pg. 30
Improve a multimedia Super Corsair
By Frank Cuden
Aftermarket details soup up Special Hobby's kit
pg. 40
ONLINE EXTRA: More Super Corsair
Skill builder: Post-shading
By Aaron Skinner
This painting technique can make drab exciting!
pg. 44
Desert weathering for a Bf 109
By Francisco Carlos Soldán Alfaro
A unique look for the ubiquitous German fighter
pg. 46
Shorten a 737
By Ben Brown
Saw your way through a simple conversion
pg. 50
Departments
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's editor, Matthew Usher
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world
Spotlight
FSM's Aaron Skinner examines exciting new products
New Products
FSM's Monica Freitag compiles the latest products to help you enjoy the hobby
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers
Questions & Answers
FSM's Mark Hembree provides a clinic for your modeling problems
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler
Hobby Shop Directory
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events
Index of Advertisers
Classified Marketplace
Kit Classics
Aurora's Fokker Dr.I triplane
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