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14 Form & Figure
54 HK Models B-17E/F
Painting tartans JOE AND CARISSIMA HUDSON
56 Rye Field Model M1A1/A2
16 Airbrushing & Finishing Painting markings and printing decals DAVE KOUKOL
56 Tiger Model Nagmachon
58 Tiger Model Panhard VBL
19 Advance Revell’s X-wing Basic techniques improve a Star Wars fighter AARON SKINNER
58 Thunder Models U.S. Army tractor 59 Panda Hobby Marder I (SdKfz 135)
26 Chewie’s wild ride Bandai’s combat-weary AT-ST SEAN LYNCH
57 Zvezda Su-33 “Flanker-D”
30 Power up a P-51
60 Airfix P-40B Warhawk
IN EVERY ISSUE
Wiring lights and a spinning prop JAMES FULLINGIM
5 Editor’s Page 40 Don’t worry, it’s only resin
7 Scale Talk
Contrail’s 1/144 scale 757-200 FRANK CUDEN
44 FSM contest gallery
10 New Products
Modeling the War in the Pacific
53 Reader Tips
48 This rare variant Make Tamiya’s T-72M1 less common MICHAEL GROCHOLA
62 Questions & Answers 64 Hobby Shop Directory
66 Final Details The Flying Pancake: Did it really stack up? MARK HEMBREE
36 Reader Gallery
64 Classified Marketplace
65 Advertiser Index
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GUEST EDITORIAL By Aaron Skinner
Modeling is built on imagination A long time ago, at a kitchen table and tanks with help from not so far away (although the unremy parents. I enjoyed the lenting smog of time greatens the process, mostly for the distance!), an 8-year-old boy cut and finished objects that glued his way through MPC’s Star remained complete for a Wars X-wing. few days before succumbSticky fingers, globby paint, and ing to the rigors of play. gaping seams meant nothing. Within months of seeInstead, each part advanced the faning Star Wars, I had all tasy that he was Luke Skywalker fly- four MPC kits I could find ing over the Death Star. That junior in the J.C. Penney Co.’s modeler was able to touch the toy section. The starfighter from the movie he X-wing loved and relive the joy he and ... there felt in the theater. R2-D2 was a time didn’t surHe is — that is, I am — when it still doing that today. As vive a trans-Pacific jourwas a hard as it is for me to ney, but Darth Vader’s believe I’m 40 years older, TIE fighter and C-3PO single it’s extraordinary to think graced shelves in my bedtwo-hour that Star Wars, George room for years. Building film ... Lucas’ epic space fantasy, them reinforced my affection has delighted audiences for the movie and cemented young and old since May 25, 1977. modeling as my primary hobby. It’s impossible to overestimate the My interests broadened over the role Star Wars played in my developyears to include aircraft, tanks, ships, ment as a modeler. I’d built a few and cars, but science fiction, espemodels before the summer of ’77, cially Star Wars, has always been mostly Matchbox and Airfix aircraft present. Talking to builders of my
generation often reveals a similar story. They may not build sci-fi now, but they did when the movie came out. Today, the franchise (there was a time when it was a single twohour film that you had to watch at the theater!) is omnipresent with TV series and new movies coming for the next several years. For hardware geeks like me, that means new vehicles, droids, and characters to build — new ways to connect with the films’ thrill. FSM marks Star Wars’ 40th anniversary with two stories. I return to the subject that kicked off my habit and show improvements for the Revell (née FineMolds) X-wing. Then, master modeler Sean Lynch turns his armor-finishing techniques loose on Bandai’s AT-ST. Enjoy the out-of-this-world modeling, and may the Force be with you!
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I’m old and traditional on this. I want hot, buttered popcorn, but would never turn down some peanut M&Ms.
There’s nothing better than tucking into baby back ribs dripping with sauce in the theater’s darkness, but I’ll settle for popcorn in a pinch.
I don’t snack during a good movie. If it’s a bad movie, I might go make a sandwich and read something instead.
Sweet, chocolatey nonpareil Sno-Caps eaten concurrently with salty, buttery popcorn.
Buttered popcorn, of course, with a Cherry Pepsi (or Coke) and box of Junior Mints.
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