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Swanny’s Models is at it again with another addition to the Advanced Modeling Skills series of DVDs. In volume 4 “Salt Chipping & Water Dioramas”. Watch as Swanny shows every intimate detail of using conventional table salt to create realistic chipping of painted surfaces plus you no longer need to worry about modeling water or creating extreme wear effects on your model, Swanny reveals all right here for your benefit. Advanced Modeling Skills; Salt Chipping & Water Dioramas. 10/30/2010

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

Did you miss out on the first issue of Swanny's Models Instructional Videos and are trying to catch-up? Here is your chance to pick up both DVDs and save a few bucks. This link will take you to the package deal location where you can get both Volume #1 "Basic Model Building Skills" and volume #2 "Advanced Modeling Skills"Two Volume Set.

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.

What this site is about:

       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.
       Many times while shopping e-bay I've wondered what a particular kit consisted of or how good the detail of casting was or even if a particular kit had raised or recessed panel lines but could not answer these questions until I actually opened the box. While surfing various forums I would see common questions asked many times by modelers just beginning the polystyrene adventure, looking for clues to decaling, weathering and detailing. This site is dedicated to answering some of those questions. While I do not consider myself to be an exceptionally skilled modeler, I have picked up a few tricks over the last thirty years of modeling and will share them with you. Included here are full build reviews, in box kit reviews, construction tips and gallery photos of kits I have built. Most of these are 1/48th scale World War 2 aircraft. Also included here are a variety of links to on-line modeling forums, review sites, internet hobby shops, aviation art sites and real aircraft reference sites.

       This site is a work in progress. I hope that you find it as enjoyable as I have.

       Last updated 12/21/2014.

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At the end of WW1 Germany had no Destroyers in its inventory. By 1934 they had begun design and construction of modern destroyers and issued them general classification based on the year of design such as 34 or in the case of this kit, 36 with letter codes for major changes within the design series. Here is a gallery of my construction of the Trumpeter 1/350 Narvik Class Destroyer 36B Z-43 . Construction Completed 12/21/2014

Built by Fokker this unusual push/pull configuration was an attempt to overcome the problems of asymmetric flight commonly found in twin engine aircraft. After eleven flights totaling about four hours of flight time the landing gear was damaged during a rough landing and the project was shelved. Here we have RS Models very first offering in 1/48 scale, the Fokker D-XXIII.
9/10/2014 Construction Complete 11/05/2014

After the first Cylon War the Empire continued to develop the Raider but moved in a new and unexpected direction. Colonial defenders were unpleasantly surprised when the new blended biomechanical Raiders made their appearance over Caprica. This was more a trained animal than a piloted vehicle and more than capable of confronting the current series of Viper in both space and atmospheric flight. Let us take a look at the 1/32 Moebius Models Late Model Cylon Raider. 7/17/2014

During the Great War the NKO issued an emergency requirement for a high speed night fighter to combat night bombers. The NKO basically selected the aircraft and issued for a crash development program on the Petlyakov PE-2 with only four days to meet the requirement. This became the Pe-3 and here we take a look at the 1/48 Special Hobby offering of the early Petyakov Pe-3 Radar Gneis 2.
7/11/2014 Construction Completed 8/24/2014

Tamiya continues to expand on their 1/48 line of vehicles with this edition of the 2.5 Ton Truck converted as an Airfield Fuel Truck. More of a gallery than a kit review here is my build of the 1/48 6X6 2.5 Ton Airfield Fuel Truck.
7/9/2014 Construction Complete 7/9/2014


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