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January 2015

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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Airbrushing & Finishing: Whitewashing a Sherman for winter service
By Jimmy Ngo Kee Shyang
See how Jimmy finishes a Sherman in winter camo using everything from hairspray to pinwashes to get the finish just right.
Pg. 20
Scratchbuilding to superdetail
By Matthew Jarczyn
Matthew used plenty of aftermarket parts on his F-4 Phantom, but wanted more. That's when he turned to scratchbuilding!
Pg. 22
8 tips to build your first biplane
By Phillip Gore
Follow Phillip as he shows you eight easy steps you can take to make your first biplane a great scale modeling experience. And then you'll want to do another!
Pg. 26
Show Gallery exclusive: IPMS/USA National Convention
The U.S. chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 at its annual convention in Hampton, Va., in August. Almost 2,500 models were on display in the contest room, so there was a lot of cool stuff to see!
Multilevel finishing for small-scale armor
By Fausto Muto
Fausto gave his 1/72 scale SdKfz 7/1 a multilayered finish. In this scale, a light touch is needed so as not to obscure detail.
Pg. 36
Color modulation for armor
By Cookie Sewell
Cookie Sewell takes AK Interactive's 4BO Russian Green Special Modulation Set and puts it through its paces on an Italeri BT-5.
Pg. 38
FSM Basics: Repair a ship's rudder
By Joseph Bossert
When an out-of-the-box build runs into a little difficulty, Joseph turned to his shipyard full of styrene strip and brass rod to fix the problem.
Pg. 45
Final Details: What's your favorite kit?
Compiled by Mark Hembree
We asked our readers to name their favorite kit and explain their choice. Their choices ranged from nostalgia to subject matter.
Pg. 66
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