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KITBASHING COMBINE KITS TO BUILD THE MODEL YOU WANT
Simon Harrison used multiple kits and aftermarket details to build Erich Hartmann’s Bf 109G-6 – p.38
Superdetail a World War II U-boat p.24 Build a great-looking multilevel display base p.36
fantastic reader models p.30
SHOWCASE: Roy Chow’s amazing Studebaker truck p.28
OUR EXPERT TEAM BUILDS AND REVIEWS 8 ALL-NEW KITS Airﬁx Gloster Javelin p.56
BONUS ONLINE CONTENT CODE
Takom Renault FT 17 p.54
Zvezda Sukhoi Su 2 p.61
Vol. 32 • Issue 5
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AIRBRUSHING & FINISHING
It may be green, but it doesn’t
need to be drab
8 NEW KITS
Breaking up a monochromatic scheme JAMES WECHSLER
Building and detailing a U-boat
The right tools make all the difference
SHOWCASE: ROY CHOW
• Airﬁx Gloster Javelin
• Takom Renault FT French light tank
• Master Box Mk.I Male British tank
Modify a Soviet “Studer”
• BPK Boeing 737-200
Scratchbuilding a bed to model
• Hasegawa N1K2-J Shiden Kai “George”
a Lend-Lease dump truck
• Zvezda Sukhoi Su-2
Multilevel display bases Easy and interesting model display
Kitbashing Erich Hartmann’s Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6/U2
A cool conversion in winter white SIMON HARRISON
Working with white-metal Not all kits come in plastic
• Minicraft KC-135E 63
• G.W.H. F-15B/D
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Editor’s Page Scale Talk Spotlight New Products Reader Gallery
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Questions & Answers Reader Tips Hobby Shop Directory Advertiser Index Classified Marketplace
On the Cover First-time FSM author Simon Harrison admits he has a thing for Messerschmitts. He cut up two of them to model German ace Erich Hartmann’s plane, and why not? He has plenty more!
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A new book from an old friend WELCOME TO the May issue of FineScale Modeler! Hopefully you’re enjoying your summer, while still finding some time to head inside and work on a project (or two) at the workbench. This issue has a great variety of stories. Perhaps not surprisingly, one of my favorites is our cover story, Simon Harrison’s fantastic depiction of Erich Hartmann’s Bf 109G-6/U2 in 1/48 scale. Simon combines parts from different kits (otherwise known as “kitbashing”) and adds aftermarket details to build a great representation of Harmann’s winter-white fighter. Simon’s story is filled with great building and detailing information, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it, no matter what you build. Another one of my favorite stories in this issue covers another
German fighter, although that may be where the similarities end. Kelly Wionzek shares his techniques for working with white metal as he builds a 1/72 scale Halberstadt D.II in Turkish
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