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The aesthetics of "Design & Form". An artistic viewpoint on the resulting design formed by the paint scheme, pinstripes, decals and/or lettering applied to a model airplane.
AERO MODELLER #670 Nov 1991 (v.56) pg. 623

How to draw a line. Secrets of decorating stunt flyer models using "ink lines."
AERO MODELLER #721 Feb 1996 (v.61) pg. 52

Construction masterclass. Part 3. The coloring and secondary covering of Mylar.
AERO MODELLER #739 Jul 4 1997 (v.62) pg. 6

What to do to make a balsa airplane model look better using decals and felt-tip pens
BOYS' LIFE Nov 1992 (v.82#11) pg. 71

Drawing aircraft panel lines with pencil. An alternative to scribing panel lines on vacuum-formed plastic kits in an effort to improve the exterior detail.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1990 (v.8#5) pg. 24

International color and camouflage. World War Two Luftwaffe color cross-reference.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1990 (v.8#7) pg. 33

World War II British intergreys. Sorting out the confusing camouflage shades used on aircraft.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1991 (v.9#1) pg. 39

Model a natural-metal finish by applying self-adhesive lead tape over the plastic parts and then re-creating surface details (seams, rivets, ...) using simple tools.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1991 (v.9#2) pg. 24

Achieving high-gloss finishes on model aircraft by combining multiple coats, ultrafine sandpaper, and polish.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1991 (v.9#5) pg. 24

The paint schemes of the coalition air forces in Operation Desert Storm. Patterns included for Kuwaiti Mirage F1CK and A-4KU Skyhawk, Qatari Mirage F1EDA and Alpha Jet, Omani Jaguar, U.S. Marines AH-1W Super Cobra and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters, Kuwaiti Gazelle and Puma helicopters, United Arab Emirates Hawk Mk.61, and Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado GR.1.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1991 (v.9#6) pg. 24

Ultra toning. Duplicating a realistic worn-finish structural appearance on plastic aircraft models is achieved with clear finishes.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1991 (v.9#7) pg. 63

Weathering aircraft models with oil paints. How to combine staining, blending and dry-brushing to heavily weather a plastic model.
FINESCALE MODELER May 1992 (v.10#4) pg. 50

Paint schemes for eleven different aircraft that were part of Air Wing Six, based on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (circa 1962).
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1993 (v.11#2) pg. 40

Weathering aircraft models with pastels.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1993 (v.11#3) pg. 90

Operation Granby. The camouflage colors and special markings of the Royal Air Force in the 1990 Gulf War are described.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1994 (v.12#3) pg. 70

Tricks for simulating natural metal on plastic models using buffable metallic paint.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1994 (v.12#3) pg. 78

Painting fine feathered edges. How to apply realistic camouflage paint schemes to aircraft models with an airbrush and cardstock masks.
FINESCALE MODELER Sep 1994 (v.12#6) pg. 54

Two techniques for adding panel detail to a model that has no raised or recessed detail.
FINESCALE MODELER Jan 1995 (v.13#1) pg. 24

Tip on weathering the individual panels of a dark, monochromatic aircraft without mixing several dark shades and having to paint each panel individually.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1995 (v.13#8) pg. 69

Finishing natural-metal aircraft using metallic powders and oil-based varnish.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1996 (v.14#3) pg. 36

International color and camouflage. Paint schemes for six National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aircraft.
FINESCALE MODELER Apr 1996 (v.14#4) pg. 52

Tip on how to replicate a bare-wood fuselage when painting plastic models of old-time airplanes.
FINESCALE MODELER Apr 1996 (v.14#4) pg. 67

Easy method for producing a chipped paint effect on plastic models.
FINESCALE MODELER Nov 1996 (v.14#9) pg. 80

International color and camouflage. U.S. Navy gull gray paint scheme for use on carrier-borne combat aircraft.
FINESCALE MODELER Apr 1997 (v.15#4) pg. 33

International color and camouflage special. World War II U.S aircraft interior colors.
FINESCALE MODELER Oct 1997 (v.15#8) pg. 38

Applying decals representing lozenges (preprinted fabric of regular and irregular polygons) as found on World War I German aircraft.
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1998 (v.16#3) pg. 80

Airbrushing camouflage paint schemes without masking.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1998 (v.16#6) pg. 58

Camouflage paint guide to Japanese Army Air Force aircraft (circa 1937-1944).
FINESCALE MODELER Dec 1998 (v.16#10) pg. 58
Added Info FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1999 (v.17#2) pg. 8

Weathering model airplanes. The subtle approach often looks best. How to perform the finishing step that brings a model airplane to life and makes a viewer give it a second look.
FINESCALE MODELER Feb 1999 (v.17#2) pg. 38

Masking models with a photocopier. This simple technique makes complex paint schemes and markings easier to apply.
FINESCALE MODELER Jul 1999 (v.17#6) pg. 56

Photos of Air National Guard aircraft from Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota which display artwork celebrating their 1989 state centennial.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Apr 1990 (v.2#3) pg. 7

A study of WWII nose art from the Pacific. Five pages of photos from the Bruce Radebaugh collection.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Mar 1992 (v.4#3) pg. 12

Nose art of the 19th Air Refueling Wing illustrated.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1994 (v.6#5) pg. 23

Advice on achieving the "exact" color and realistic weathering on plastic models of World War II aircraft.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1996 (v.8#2) pg. 38

Tip on painting perfectly round dots (used to simulate rivets, circuit breakers, knobs, etc.) using a piece of plastic sprue.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1996 (v.9#1) pg. 28

Dry-brushing technique (tamponeering) is used to create camouflage patterns.
IPMS/USA JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1997 (v.9#5) pg. 18

Tips on skinning (covering) vintage aircraft models and using conventional wood finishes to achieve the correct "antique" look.
MODEL AVIATION Apr 1990 (v.16#4) pg. 40

Tips on preventing warping when covering and painting airfoils.
MODEL AVIATION Apr 1990 (v.16#4) pg. 164

Finishing method designed to simulate stressed-metal-skin aircraft.
MODEL AVIATION May 1990 (v.16#5) pg. 46

Step-by-step instructions on using epoxy paints to achieve a superb finish on model aircraft.
MODEL AVIATION May 1990 (v.16#5) pg. 49

Tip on improving the color coverage of dope by adding acrylic lacquer toner.
MODEL AVIATION May 1990 (v.16#5) pg. 177

Surface detailing a scale model. How to locate and simulate panel lines.
MODEL AVIATION Jun 1990 (v.16#6) pg. 52

Detailing tips. (1) Adding panel lines and rivet details. (2) Laying out a typical 5-point insignia star using a template. (3) Using ratio-and-proportion math to correctly duplicate scale detail from documentation.
MODEL AVIATION Jul 1990 (v.16#7) pg. 44

Simulate flush-fitting rivets in the finish by using a soldering iron equipped with a homemade "toothed" wheel.
MODEL AVIATION Jul 1990 (v.16#7) pg. 60

Tip on making a "dipping tube" to prepaint parts such as fuselage stringers, tubing, etc.
MODEL AVIATION Sep 1990 (v.16#9) pg. 59

Tip on using Rit dye to get fade-resistant tissue.
MODEL AVIATION Sep 1990 (v.16#9) pg. 71

Finishing techniques for duplicating surface detail (panel lines, hatches, doors, ...) on a stressed-skin-type subject, such a W.W.II fighters of about 1/5-scale.
MODEL AVIATION Dec 1990 (v.16#12) pg. 58

Tips on spray painting dope finishes to avoid "cratering" on the last clear coats.
MODEL AVIATION Dec 1990 (v.16#12) pg. 73

Simulate burnished sheet metal by burnishing self-adhesive aluminum strip using a pencil eraser chucked in an electric drill.
MODEL AVIATION Jan 1991 (v.17#1) pg. 29

Tip on determining the size and spacing for numbers and letters used on models of World War II aircraft.
MODEL AVIATION Sep 1991 (v.17#9) pg. 68

U.S. Stars and Bars insignia. How to determine the correct size of the star, bars, stripes, and border on models of U.S. Army and Navy aircraft (circa 1947 to present).
MODEL AVIATION Jan 1992 (v.18#1) pg. 56
Correction MODEL AVIATION Apr 1992 (v.18#4) pg. 74

Painting metallic letters and numbers complete with "dazzle points" that give the illusion of reflected sunlight off chrome.
MODEL AVIATION Jun 1994 (v.20#6) pg. 41

Marker techniques. How to use Chartpak brand colored marking pens and photocopies made on a Minolta or Canon copier to add color or transfer designs, markings, insignia, etc. to tissue covering or balsa.
MODEL AVIATION Jul 1994 (v.20#7) pg. 8

Tip on using thinned "Titebond" glue instead of dope as a bare-wood coating for finishing and painting and to attach silk or silkspan.
MODEL AVIATION Jul 1994 (v.20#7) pg. 118

Painting fiberglass model parts. Tips on cleaning, priming and painting.
MODEL AVIATION Aug 1994 (v.20#8) pg. 51

Tips on painting models using lighter-weight auto paints.
MODEL AVIATION Oct 1994 (v.20#10) pg. 90

Tips on spray painting a model aircraft.
MODEL AVIATION Nov 1994 (v.20#11) pg. 85

Tips on applying and sanding primer on fiberglass cloth.
MODEL AVIATION Sep 1995 (v.21#9) pg. 87

Tips on painting polyester fabric covered models to avoid paint lifting problems.
MODEL AVIATION May 1996 (v.22#5) pg. 91

How to choose the correct finishing methods and materials for model aircraft.
MODEL AVIATION Jun 1996 (v.22#6) pg. 60

Tips on using Floquil paints on balsa and tissue models. Also includes tips on using dope retarder and tautening dope.
MODEL AVIATION Feb 1997 (v.23#2) pg. 120

Chart for correct proportions of registration letters and numbers on scale model aircraft.
MODEL AVIATION Jun 1998 (v.24#6) pg. 129

Techniques for painting camouflage and "weathering" on plastic kits. Includes the pattern used on the battleship "Tirpitz" (circa August 1943) and a W.W. II Wellington bomber.

Suggestions on adding castor oil and other plasticisers to dope in order to avoid crazing.
RADIO CONTROL MODELS & ELECTRONICS May 1990 (v.32#5) pg. 406

Layman's guide to lettering scale model aircraft.

Painting in oils. Professional model maker begins a new series on scale finishing techniques. Emphasis is on weathering effects of World War I aircraft.

Aerial perspective. Tips on creating more realistic colors on scale model World War I aircraft.

Final touches. More information on artists' materials and their use in model work.

How to make and apply scale registration letters from trim film.