March 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
Cover Story: Learn to use photoetched metal
By Aaron Skinner
Scale-thin details upgrade a PzKpfw IV
pg. 20
Technique: Working with photoetched metal
By Matthew Usher
More hints to help you get started and keep going
pg. 26
Portfolio: This Minnesotan only builds anything
By Mark Hembree
The myriad interests of master modeler Erik Zabel
pg. 30
Showcase: Rescuing an old Airfix kit
By Kelly Shaw
RAF Rescue Launch by Alfonso Martinez Berlana
pg. 40
Technique: Easy aircraft weathering
By Pat Hawkey
See how to add flight time to any airplane
pg. 42
History You Can Model: Armor on armor: added protection
By Mark Hembree
Spaced armor, schurzen, slats, and more
pg. 48
Parts List: The M2 Bradley
By Matthew Usher
Identify hardware and impress your friends!
pg. 74
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
Workbench Reviews
FSM's unmatched reviews of the latest kits, every one built by a modeler
Questions & Answers
FSM's Mark Hembree provides a clinic for your modeling problems
Coming Events
The who, when, and where of modeling events
Index of Advertisers
Hobby Shop Directory
Classified Marketplace
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