October 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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Build Hasegawa's 1/350 scale Nagato
By Harvey Low
Scratchbuilt and photoetched-metal parts convert this ship's defenses and details
pg. 18
Fit and finish for Hasegawa's 1/48 scale A-7E
By Greg Leszczynski
Model an early '70s-style Corsair II
pg. 26
Backdate an Opel Blitz
By Glenn Bartolotti
A quick conversion of Tamiya's 1/35 scale truck
pg. 32
Skill Builder: Motor tools: A primer
By Aaron Skinner
Perfect for cutting, sanding, and grinding
pg. 34
Showcase: 1/6 scale 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA
Mark Zielonka's scratchbuilt stunner
pg. 36
Updating a T-45 Goshawk
By Paul Boyer
A little styrene and super glue improve Italeri's 1/72 scale kit
pg. 44
5 steps to paint fantastic faces
By Jim Wechsler
Finish figures like a pro -- in minutes!
pg. 48
ONLINE EXTRA: Jim Wechsler's 1/35 scale armor
Show Gallery: Experimental aircraft
Conceptual designs, visions of the future, or sometimes simply strange
pg. 50
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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 Tamiya's 1/35 scale Matilda as well as other exciting new products
New Products
FSM's Monica Freitag compiles the latest modeling products
Reader Gallery
Photos of models of all types, submitted by their builders
Questions & Answers
FSM's Mark Hembree provides a clinic for your modeling problems
Reader Tips
Tips for enjoying your hobby, from your fellow readers.
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