January 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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Show Gallery: IPMS/USA National Convention
By FSM staff
Top modeling from America and the world
pg. 22
Kitbash a Sukhoi Su-27P "Flanker"
By Yufei Mao
Airfix kit + Hasegawa kit + skill = interceptor
pg. 26
ONLINE EXTRA: More Flanker photos
Kitbash America's monster T32 tank
By Duncan Howarth
It takes two Pershings to build this behemoth!
pg. 32
SUBSCRIBER-ONLY EXTRA: T32 tank scale drawings
Patton's command car
By Bob Steinbrunn
Kitbash, convert, and detail a Dodge "Beep"
pg. 40
Tribute: Remembering a golden age
By Raleigh Williams
A retrospective essay by the late modeler
pg. 44
ONLINE EXTRA: The airplane models of Dr. Raleigh Williams
Painting and finishing the Hetzer
By Karl Logan
Part 2 puts a tank destroyer in its place
pg. 46
ONLINE EXTRA: More Hetzer photos
Naval camouflage made easy
By Ron Smith
Getting serious with Silly Putty masking
pg. 52
Editor's Page
A letter from FSM's editor, Matthew Usher
Scale Talk
Letters from modelers around the world
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
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events
Classified Marketplace
Hobby Shop Directory
Index of Advertisers
History You Can Model
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