October Spooktacular 2017
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16 Form & Figure
54 Trumpeter M270 MARS
Go dotty on Frankenstein’s monster MARK McGOVERN
56 Academy F-15E Strike Eagle
18 Airbrushing & Finishing Modulation, dust for Vietnam tank AARON SKINNER
57 Trumpeter MiG-31B/BM “Foxhound”
18 58 Rye Field M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle
20 Bedeck a Black Widow An intricate web of detail BILL PLUNK
58 ICM Polikarpov I-16 Type 24
24 Camo for a Vampire
59 Hasegawa Mikasa
Upgrade with PE and new decals ANDERS ISAKSSON
60 Wingnut Wings Sopwith F.1 Camel
27 A palace fit for a queen Bavarian holiday buys modeling time KARL LOGAN
61 Airfix Junkers Ju 87B
30 Conquering a Demon Build for hire pushes modeler higher MODEL BY JOHN FOX
IN EVERY ISSUE 5 Editor’s Page
36 Landing a better Eagle Building MPC’s big Eagle transporter JAY CHLADEK
7 Scale Talk
40 Builder Basics Parts prep 101 MARK HEMBREE
10 New Products
40 32 Reader Gallery
42 Show Gallery
53 Reader Tips
62 Questions & Answers
48 Little details for a giant tank This T-35 is nearly a foot long! ROBERT SCHVEYTSER
64 Hobby Shop Directory 64 Classified Marketplace
66 Final Details Nobody beats The Reaper MARK HEMBREE
65 Advertiser Index
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How to weath er a desert Spitfir e
MASTERING TH E FINISH
ADAM WILDER STEP BY STEP GOES ON A T26
SCIF MOV I MOD IE ELING
By Mark Savage
They’re creepy and they’re kooky… It has been a long time since I was a kid. A loooong time. But I remember the fun that Halloween delivered, especially when The Addams Family came on — one of my favorite TV shows. While every kid can enjoy the free candy and all that goes with trick-ortreating, the chill that creepy Halloween characters put into the season makes it exciting and fun. But humor also plays a big role in making any season, holiday, or event more enjoyable. Voilà, we bring you Spooktacular 2017.
This year we decided to inject some extra fun into our October issue with a Halloween theme. Certainly there’s Frankenstein, but we looked for stories that featured some devilishly named subjects, but hopefully not devilishly difficult builds. To that effect, we present a Demon, a Vampire, and a dark, menacing Black Widow. We may have stretched the spooky theme a bit with an airbrushing column featuring menacing nose art on an M48, plus Crazy King Ludwig’s ornate castle set in the dark forests of Germany — although Karl
Logan built the castle with a touch of romance, instead of mischief, in his heart. Still, I can imagine bats flying around one of the towers and a damp, creepy dungeon beneath. Did I just hear some chains being dragged across the floor? We know our Spooktacular is a bit off the wall. But we hope you enjoy our foray into the frightful and dark world of Halloween, even if only in name for most of our builds. I think you’ll find there are still a lot of good modeling tips in all the stories. Spooktacular 2017 is all in good fun — and isn’t that what modeling is mostly about? So, if you have a favorite spooky build, send pictures of it our way. We’ll open the files slowly!
Off the sprue: What is your favorite Halloween treat?
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Seems we hardly ever have more than a handful of kids trick-ortreating these days. So darn it, I must eat most of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups myself . . . maybe we should buy just one more bag!
Any leftover trick-or-treat candy. But somehow, I always find a bag or two I “missed” when filling the bowl to hand out to the kids.
I never did like caramel apples, so I am glad they went away. I like to sneak Kit Kats whenever my wife is not looking. I also like to answer the door and say, “Who is it?” or “Yes? May I help you?” Answers from the little ones crack me up.
There’s no graceful way to eat one, and you’re liable to loosen a tooth, but a caramel apple is so worth it.
No specific order here, but I like Laffy Taffy, Skittles, Twix, Butterfingers, and Kit Kats, both to eat and to give out.
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