Layering can add color to your armor > p.40
BUILD BETTER WARSHIPS TIPS FOR PAINTING, DETAILING & RIGGING Ulf Lundberg’s SMS Seydlitz – p.20
Create realistic olive drab winter wear p.16 Go all out on a halftrack p.30 SPECIAL
Fill gaps with putty p.50
STAR TRE CONTESTK WINNERS p.44
+ READER TIPS, Q & A, 6 NEW KIT BUILDS/REVIEWS Platz F-15J Eagle
Takom King Tiger
Roden C-141B Starlifter
BONUS ONLINE CONTENT CODE PAGE 3 Vol. 35 • Issue 3
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16 Form & Figure
54 Takom King Tiger
Painting olive drab winter wear JOE HUDSON
56 Meng Model T-72B3
18 Airbrushing & Finishing U.S. Navy camouflage AARON SKINNER
56 Platz F-15J Eagle J-MSIP
18 20 One tough ship
58 Roden C-141B Starlifter
Build, paint, and rig SMS Seydlitz ULF LUNDBERG
58 Revell Germany HMCS Snowberry
26 Catch a neon Tiger Hasegawa’s 1/72 scale F11F-1 FRANK CUDEN
59 Meng Hummer H1
30 Take a halftrack all the way Making a 75mm Autocar Canadian STEVE GUTHRIE
60 IBG Models KTO Rosomak
IN EVERY ISSUE
33 Make time for a Turbo Tracker Conversion to a Grumman S-2T RICARDO DACOBA
5 Editor’s Page
40 Adding color to Israeli armor
7 Scale Talk
Academy’s 1/35 scale Merkava Mk.IV KAREL SUTT
10 New Products
44 FSM Contest Gallery
Where Star Trek modelers boldly go
50 Putty in your hands
36 Reader Gallery 61 Reader Tips
Gap fillers and how to use them AARON SKINNER
62 Questions & Answers
53 Go big on little 1/72 scale Harley-Davidson WLA BART CUSUMANO
64 Hobby Shop Directory 64 Classified Marketplace
66 Final Details Be careful what you wish for ED BAROTH
65 Advertiser Index
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EDITOR’S PAGE By Mark Savage
Finishing what we started, or not We all have stashes and we all have - We hate to paint, love to build. unbuilt kits. That’s a given. - We hit a stopper, a technique we But in the December issue I asked haven’t or can’t seem to master (airhow many models you’ve started and brushing came up). not finished, and why they remain - Another model caught our attenunfinished. tion, so Project A goes on hold. Here’s what you told me. - Bad kit fit killed our enthusiasm. There are really just two kinds of - Started old kit, new (better) one modelers: the perfectionists and the was released. rest of us. - The dog ate our work Those who complete every (Jim Gourgues claims his Starting is model fall into the first catedog has a plastic fetish). always gory. They may have a huge There are hundreds of easy. stash they’ll never comvariations on these themes. Finishing plete, but by golly, if they But you get the idea. is much start a model they finish it. Still, a few reader specifharder. Not to name names, but ics are in order: reader Thomas Kupferer is - Miles Dunscombe notes one of those. He has 564 completed that no less than the Wright Brothers models and two in the works. suggested working on potential projAs for the rest of us? We have ect stoppers before tackling easier excuses, I mean reasons: tasks. And he sums up what many of - We lost a key part or broke one. us feel: “Starting is always easy. - We discovered girls/women. Finishing is much harder.” - The instructions were unclear. - Mel Van Stone, who reads FSM - Life got in the way. in the Philippines, says “space” is his
final frontier, in that he can’t finish another model until he finds more space in his house. - One more, and this takes us back to the pooches. Edward Angel of California suffered an “insane border collie incident.” He has a stash of just 20 kits after the aforementioned collie destroyed his stash and most of his “in progress” builds. He calls the incident “both tragic and liberating at the same time.” It freed him from old projects and the burden of all those unfinished kits. Now Ed only buys a new one when he has finished a model. He’s happy with his new approach. That’s what counts, right? Let’s just hope happy means we finish something we started!
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