How-to Modeling Tips

Learn how to make better, more realistic models with FineScale Modeler magazine's how-to tips.
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How to buildWingnut Wings' Gotha G.I - Work-In-Progress pictures
Building this big early bomber. FSM reviewer Chuck Davis is building this big early bomber and is sending in-progress reports as he goes. Check back for updates. #scalemodel #military #history #hobby #WWI #biplane
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Work-in-Progress Build Review: Wingnut Wings Gotha G.I Scale Aircraft
Building this big early bomber. FSM reviewer Chuck Davis is building this scale aircraft and is sending in-progress reports as he goes. Now he show you how to rig it with EZ-Line cut to the rough lengths needed to all of the attachment points on the upper wing. Wingnut Wings always includes rigging diagrams in their kits. He typically attach wires to the top wing, then attach the other end to the lower wing, working from inside to outside. #scalemodel #military #aircraft #hobby
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Create a paint stand from a CD/DVD spindle
Create a paint stand from a CD/DVD spindle
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Reader tip: add accurate rivets
Reader tip: add accurate rivets
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How to paint road wheels using hairspray
How to paint road wheels using hairspray
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Builder Basics: How to build an acrylic-rod display
Builder Basics: How to build an acrylic-rod display
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The many uses for modeling clay
The many uses for modeling clay
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How To Use Putty on Scale Models
Gap fillers and how to use them. Model kits consist of parts but the object of finishing is to make them look like a solid object. The best way to do that is to eliminate gaps between the pieces. Sanding will take care of minor problems. However, if the parts don’t quite meet or are mismatched, filler may be needed. Putties remain the go-to for this kind of work. But there are several types and they can be useful in different ways. Let’s look at three main types and how to use them #scalemodel
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The Best Way to Apply Photo-Etch Metal to a Scale Model
Getting the most out of photo-etch metal means turning up the heat. For some scale modelers, photo-etched metal is the scourge of the hobby. Others embrace the delicate brass bits. Most fall somewhere in between. To truly love working and building with photo-etched metal, you need to come to grips with the soldering iron, as super glue has its limitations. As it turns out, learning to solder isn't that hard. Start small and use scrap photo-etch to learn, not a key modeling project. #scalemodel
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How To Prep Scale Model Pieces Before Building — Builder Basics Series
A model is only as good as its pieces... Great models are based on a consistent application of good, basic techniques easily within reach of beginners and intermediates as well. And that begins with taking time to prepare each part: removing flash (excess plastic) and mold seams, filling ejector-pin marks, smoothing rough edges, and making sure the part is clean before you attach it so glue and paint adhere as they should. Here's how to do it perfectly each time. #ScaleModel #Building
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Builder Basics: 3 Masking Techniques
There are parts of an aircraft model where you can get away with mistakes. The canopy is never one of them. Spots of glue or squiggly framework on clear parts can spoil a model more surely than anything. But if you’ve ever loused one up, you are in excellent company. That’s why you read so many articles and tips about it. Here are three of the most common — and reliable — ways of masking a canopy for painting.
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Five steps to fantastic faces
A finely painted figure provides armor with a sense of life, historical context, and, in some cases, scale. Conversely, a poorly painted figure can mar the best of models. A figure's face, vital to the success of a model, is the trickiest part. Here's a five-step technique that will have you painting faces you can be proud of in minutes.
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Masking with tape | Airbrushing with Aaron Episode 8
How to achieve clean lines while painting and airbrushing your scale model. In this episode, Aaron airbrushes an HO double deck passenger train car while showing you his tape masking techniques.
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Shading techniques | Airbrushing with Aaron Episode 7
How to pre-shade or post-shade your scale model with an airbrush to add realistic shadows and highlights.
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Builder Basics: How to build an acrylic-rod display
How to make an in-flight aircraft model look realistic with an acrylic-rod insert display.