| Brief Description|| This magazine is concerned with the construction
of model kits (usually plastic, sometimes resin or other materials). Includes news of
new products, mini-reviews of selected kits, painting guides, background information,
and construction techniques articles.|
| Focus|| Plastic model kits|
| Size|| 92 pages, evenly split between color and black-and-white.
Subscribers' copies are wrapped in plastic.|
| Frequency|| 9 times per year|
| United States|| $26.95 (9 issues), $50.95 (18 issues),
$71.95 (27 issues).|
| Outside the United States|| $38.00 (9 issues), $76.00 (18 issues),
$114.00 (27 issues), payable in U.S. funds only|
| Editor|| Bob Hayden (BobHFSM@aol.com). Readers
can also leave voicemail for the editor at the FSM Comment Line --
| Publisher|| Kalmbach Publishing Company|
Sometimes, the boundaries blur. Does a magazine called FineScale Modeler
cover miniatures? Sort of...
Therefore, while I wouldn't characterize FineScale Modeler
as a miniatures magazine, it does on rare instances cover miniatures, and
there is usually something in every issue which a miniature wargamer would
find of use.
- They have in the past run articles about the painting of 25mm figures,
and building dioramas around 1/285-scale military vehicles.
- Some miniatures wargamers play in the larger scales, and use plastic
kits as their basic figures (i.e. 1:144 or 1:72 aerial wargaming, 1:72 or 1:76
WWII and modern wargaming, and 1:700 naval wargaming).
- The new products featured are often of use to miniature wargamers as
well as to modelers, especially the terrain items.
- A painting or background article is usually applicable to several
For instance, each issue includes a list of new products released that month --
vital info for anyone gaming in the larger scales. For instance, looking in
the most recent issue, I can tell you that --
Another regular feature in the magazine is the International
Color and Camouflage column, which typically details one paint
scheme for a military vehicle or aircraft.
- U.S. Casts has just come out with a dozen new WWII products in 1/76 scale,
including an M4A1 Sherman with 75mm gun.
- Aviation Usk has a Nakajima Dave (WWII, Japanese) in 1/72 scale.
- C.B. von Krauthauser has 20 new landknechts (ca. 1525) and 14 Sioux Indians, all
in 54mm scale.
- Thirty-six new military colors have just been added to the Floquil Classic
Colors line of enamel paints.
- A new catalog of 1:87 scale vehicles is available from Paul Heiser's Models.
- The First Warplanes is a new quarterly publication about
Other columns include Book Briefs (listings of new
reference books), Reader Gallery (photos of models, sent
in by readers), Clinic (where readers ask modeling
questions), and Tips and Techniques (short ideas sent
in by readers on how better to construct kits).
The feature articles primarily concern themselves with basic construction
techniques, advanced detailing techniques, the painting of models, and the
construction of displays or dioramas. Although most articles focus on the
larger scales (1:35 scale tanks and 1:48 scale aircraft), the information
is often useful for those of us working in the smaller ranges.
If you deal with plastic kits on your wargaming tabletop, you might
consider FineScale Modeler to be a useful resource.
I find something of use in every issue...
|14 June 1997||reorganized|
|28 August 1996||reorganized|
|24 April 1996||reformatted|
|7 March 1995||new email address for Bob Hayden|
|Comments or corrections?|