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Hey all you rotor heads out there, do you remember the Revell 1/48 H-19 Rescue Helicopter or maybe the Revell 1/48 S-55 Whirlwind? Bet you have at least one in your stash! Have you ever wished there was some help for that horribly inaccurate interior or something you could do for those thick, Coke bottle glass clear parts? I started to play with one of those kits and had these same thoughts so I did something about it. Follow this link to see my limited run replacement complete clear parts set and interior for the 1/48 H-19/S-55 Detail Sets. 8/18/2011
The adventure continues at Swanny's Models. This time around we take a look at working with a vacuform conversion kit. This video takes the modeler through all the steps of learning how to work with vacuform model parts, resin and photo etched parts are revisited and the process of achieving a realistic natural metal finish utilizing lacquer based paints is covered in addition to some other goodies. Here you can purchase your copy of Advanced Modeling Skills; Vacuform Conversions & NMF. 7/1/09
Swanny's Models instructional video Volume #2 is now ready for distribution. This video covers advanced modeling skills required to assemble and paint resin cockpits as well as everything involved in building a photo etched cockpit. Acetate instrument details are discussed, how to anneal photo etch sheets is shown, basics of working with vacuformed canopies are covered and more. This is well over four hours of modeling bliss and you can get yours now right here. Advanced Modeling Skills; Resin and PE Cockpits. 8/27/07
Swanny's Models is proud to announce the re-release of the first in a series of instructional modeling DVDs. This DVD will take the modeler from the first parts preparation steps all the way through decaling and basic weathering. The primary purpose of this video is to assist the new modeler in achieving good results early. You can follow this link for more information on the video and ordering information. Basic Model Building Skills & the P-40K. 8/27/07
Who am I:
I am 50+-year-old Industrial Engineer/Manager responsible for the development and implementation of chemical coating-removal systems aimed primarily at the automotive, medical and military industries. I am married with three children, two cats and live in Sandusky Ohio, the Roller Coaster Capitol of the World.
I remember the first model that I built. My father gave me a
Revell submarine kit for my birthday in 1969. I clearly recall the two
of us sitting at the dining room table with one of those orange tubes of
Testors cement putting that thing together. It was an excellent bathtub
toy for many years. Prior to that my older brother had entertained my
sister and myself with aerial operas involving a 1/48 scale Monogram SBD
Dauntless and a Monogram Corsair - I still have those two planes, dusty
and worn but laden with memories that can never be replaced.
The DC-3 set a new standard for air travel and made it possible for airlines to make a profit in passenger service without government subsidies. Once the military got their hands on it, it became the C-47, which handled troops and equipment throughout the war. It continued in service right into the
21st century in both civilian and military arenas. For your consideration, this is the Monogram 1/48 scale Douglas C-47 Skytrain.
11/12/04 Construction update 5/13/2013