Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Meet the Staff


Mark Savage

As a kid Mark made car and aircraft models; his first kit he can remember was an F-101 Voodoo. He liked the name! Since then he has added die-cast models, slot car racing, and snowmobiling to his “favorites” list. Mark joined Kalmbach Publishing after 25 years as a daily newspaper journalist, where he became an auto review columnist (“Savage on Wheels”), something he continues as a side interest. At KPC Mark first was editor of Model Retailer, the hobby trade magazine, before becoming editor of American Snowmobiler. He happily rejoins the hobby world as Finescale’s editor and hopes to get some airbrush training to enhance his modeling skills.


Aaron Skinner

Aaron has been making models of one kind or another since he was six and built his first model -- a race car of some sort put together with help from his grandfather. He grew up in Australia and graduated from the University of Queensland in Brisbane with a degree in journalism and history. After moving back to the United States in 1994, Aaron worked as a reporter and photographer for newspapers in Texas and Arkansas, before joining the FSM staff in August 2006. He will build anything that grabs his fancy, particularly commercial airliners, Russian armor, and anything science fiction.


Elizabeth Nash

Elizabeth is the newest member of FineScale Modeler magazine, joining Kalmbach Publishing in 2015. She's kept busy building Mustang aircraft, editing articles about tanks, and co-hosting the New Product Rundown with Aaron. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Mass., she studied writing, literature, and publishing with a Minor in entrepreneurship. Before this she was an editor and food writer at Simmer Magazine, a foodie publication. Judging by that you can guess that she is an ardent cook who is usually found somewhere around the stove during her free time.

Monica Freitag

Monica has been a member of the FineScale editorial staff since 1982. Aside from keeping the operations of the magazine office running smoothly, she is also responsible for the magazine's New Product coverage. Monica lives in the Milwaukee area with her two teenage children, and a large cat named Zion. When she can find some free time, she enjoys weekends in northern Wisconsin, boating, entertaining, and gardening.
Managing Art Director

Mike Soliday

Since joining Kalmbach Publishing Co. in 1996, Mike has art directed several of the company’s titles, including FineScale Modeler. In his current role as Managing Art Director, he oversees the design of FSM by working closely with the editorial and design staffs. Mike built his first model kit, a P-38, when he was about ten with help from his older brother–who then talked him into blowing it up with a firecracker. Although his current passion is for auto modeling (he builds review models for FSM’s sister publication, Scale Auto), he admits he still loves anything that rolls, floats or flies and has gun barrels sticking out of it.


Essential finishing techniques for scale modelers.
By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.