Flying Tiger! Paint an AVG P-40
September 2016 p.16
YEARS OF TANKS
Weathering a British Mark I p.22 Detailing a late German Tiger I p.26
Aaron Skinner’s 1/35 scale M48A3 Patton – p.36
Adding bedspring armor to a T-34 p.30 4 fixes for Dragon’s Patton p.36 An Abrams recycling project p.40
Building a Marine C-9B p.49 Painting dark blue uniforms p.20
OUR TEAM BUILDS AND REVIEWS 7 NEW KITS p.54 Tanmodel RF-84 Thunderflash
Airfix Ju 87 Stuka
AMK MiG-31 Foxhound
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22 100 YEARS OF
16 Airbrushing & Finishing
54 AMK MiG-31
Taming a Flying Tiger ANDERS ISAKSSON
56 Tanmodel RF-84 Thunderflash
20 Form & Figure Painting dark blue uniforms JOE HUDSON
57 Airfix Ju 87B-1 Stuka
26 58 Tamiya AMX-13
22 First in the field: British Mark I Heavy weathering for Takom’s tank RICK LAWLER
58 Takom AMX-13/75
26 Add Zimmerit to a late Tiger I
59 Airfix Avro Shackleton MR2
A full kit plus added resin makes for an exceptional model BILL PLUNK
30 Springtime in Berlin
60 HK Models Dornier Do 335A
Dragon’s 1/35 scale T-34/85 gets a little more armor JIMMY NGO KEE SHYANG
5 Editor’s Page
36 Four steps to a better Patton
7 Scale Talk
Easy ixes for building Tamiya’s 1/35 scale M48A3 AARON SKINNER
10 New Products
40 Recycling project Updating a model and saving an aging Abrams from the landill SEAN LYNCH
47 Reader Gallery 61 Reader Tips
49 Finishing a Marine C-9B
62 Questions & Answers
It’s all in the details when it comes to building a Semper Fi transport FRANK CUDEN
64 Hobby Shop Directory 64 Classified Marketplace
66 Final Details Your stash rationale MARK HEMBREE
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65 Advertiser Index
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EDITOR’S PAGE By Mark Savage Shep Paine’s
ARMOR Modelers Guide
100 years of armor amore
nniversaries come and go, but Ever since, nations have improved some are particularly noteon the crude original meant to span a worthy. 100 years ago this trench, crush barbed wire, and keep September the irst Mark I tanks moving across cratered battleields. rolled into battle in France and thus he result? began our amore with armor. German Panzers (including the he British had gained the noted Tiger), Soviet early advantage in mechaT-34s, U.S. M48 … the fact nized land warfare with its Pattons, and modern-day is that the Landships Committee M1 Abrams. British commissioning what was To mark this anniverMark I nicknamed “Little Willie” sary and help satisfy modlooked like after the William Foster elers’ infatuation with an old steel & Co., that created it. tanks, we asked ive top water tank. But the term tank modelers to lead us through appears to have come, their builds of these iconic and stuck around, because of a need tanks, all from diferent countries for a code name and the fact that the and featuring difering building, Mark I looked like a water tank as it detailing and weathering techniques. was being shipped to France. Space requires we limit our scope In any case, on Sept. 15, 1916, just of tanks, but we hope we’ve hit some 32 of the available 49 British tanks of your favorites. We also hope you (reliability wasn’t an early strong enjoy this issue’s special focus on point) entered the Battle of Flerstanks. Know too that we’ll have Courcelette, part of the larger Battle other special features on land, sea, of the Somme. and air subjects in upcoming issues.
With Contributing Editor
*** While we’re on the tank topic, I should remind you to look for our latest book, Shep Paine’s Armor Modelers Guide. he 144-page how-to book will be available this fall for $24.99. his was Shep’s inal project for us and includes updated tips and techniques and seven all-new projects.
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