This section shows some of the finished models in my collection. The objective is to show their construction in a truly step-by-step fashion. Not all my models are here, though. Please note that some articles here were sold to magazines, and in these cases I'm only including a glimpse of the model. The models are roughly in chronological order, so keep in mind that some of them are very old.

Dioramas & vignettes:

Under New Management: Another model of mine recovered from the shelf of doom... the Revell Bf-109G-10 in 1/72 scale as surrended at Neubiberg, Germany, May 1945.

Empire Warrior: The Hasegawa Ki-61 Otsu in 1/72 was as long term project to learn riveting and stressed skin techniques.

The Lizzard is a small vignette starring the little ICM Sd.Kfz.222 in 1/72 scale.

November 9th depicts the day in 1950 when the first jet vs. jet kill happened, during the Korea War. A much improved Hasegawa F9F-2 Panther in 1/72 scale was used as Lt.Cmdr. Amen's aircraft, aboard USS Philippine Sea, including a F4 Models NC-1A starter unit.

Retreat is a 1/72 Eastern front diorama starring a Famo, a Kanone 18 and a Sd.Kfz.253 somewhere in 1943.

Red Pounder is my rendition of the not so good PST KV-122 in 1/72 scale, near Zaporozhye, Ukraine in mid-1943. That is the most probable area and time of the use of the few KV-122s by the 8th Guard Tank Corps, during their offensive in the direction of the Dnieper river.  

'Nam Taxi is the 1/35 scale Academy M113 ACAV on move  during the Battle of Binh Long Province, Vietnam, 1969.

Burma, 1942 is a 1/72 diorama depicting an Imperial Japanese Army Nakajima Ki-27 Nate being serviced by a Toyota starter truck and crew, ready to take off for another mission against the Flying Tigers!
Air Travel is a two-part article showing a diorama of the D.H. Dove PH-MAD at Southampton in the 1960's. 1/72 scale. The link for part 2 is at the end of the text.


Royal Eagle used heavy scratchbuilding work on the 1/72 Revell (ex-Matchbox) Heinkel He-70K in the Royal Hungarian Air Force livery. This project features scratchbuililt interior, engine and landing gear.
A fun conversion of the old Heller Fieseler Fi-156 Storch in 1/72 to a tracked configuration...
Touchdown: The venerable Revell Tradewind receives an overhaul and lands on the Pacific Ocean waters
Too little, too late: The Dewoitine D.520 is my first French subject ever. This is the Hasegawa offering in 1/72 scale.
New breed is a conversion of the Hobby Boss F-84 in the XF-84, second prototype configuration, in 1/72 scale. 
A Cold Morning. A fighter from the 20's, for a change. This is ICM's 1/72 scale Polikarpov IL-400, the first Russian monoplane fighter.
Comet roots: This is the DFS-194, the predecessor of the famous Messerschmitt Me-163, from PM models in 1/72 scale.
Tiger Down: How to turn an Easy Model © into a Difficult Model. This is the Hobby Boss P-40B in 1/72 scale, upgraded to a better standard. The vignette is based on a real AVG photo.
Fleet Defender presents my Revell Sea Hurricane in 1/72 scale aboard HMS Ravager, October 1944.
I'm Watching You: a glimpse of modern air warfare, this is the Italeri/Platz MQ-1A Predator in 1/72 scale.
Стрелять на поражение (Shoot to kill): Any collection of Soviet interceptors must have a Sukhoi Su-15. This one is the Trumpeter's kit in 1/72 scale.
Czech Checker: Here is an interesting interpretation of Eduard's 1/72 scale MiG-15 in Czechlovak Air Force livery.
Austrian interceptor: The Revell (Hasegawa) Saab J-35 Draken in 1/72 was built almost out of the box.
Hunter Days shows my take at the very good Revell 1/72 Hawker Hunter F.6
Late Marquee is my rendition of the nice Airfix Spitfire F Mk.22 in 1/72 scale, finished in overall silver.
Burma Snooper is my ICM's Nakajima Type 97 Fighter, the Ki-27 Nate, built as the mount of the Capt. Toyoki Eto, Chutaichō with the 77th Sentai, in Burma, 1942. Difficult kit, lots of work. 1/72 scale.
Going civilian for a change, #8 shows the IBG kit of the RWD-8 DWL, the popular Polish trainer as it was at Łódź aeroclub in 1938. 1/72 scale
Building a scale model of the P-47B is not just a matter of painting different markings on any Razorback kit. Here is my take to build a genuine WW RP-47B in the colors of the only one acquired by the Brazilian Air Force, using the Academy kit in 1/72 scale.


Kanone is the 1/72 Revell offering of the 17cm Kanone 18, as it should look when retreating from Kursk in 1943. This model was used in the Retreat diorama.
Schwerlast: Another small scale AFV used in the Retreat diorama. This is Trumpeter's Sd.Kfz.9 Famo 18 ton truck in 1/72, with lots of details and cargo load.
Combatente is the terrible RPM's 1/72 Renault FT-17 in Brazilian Army livery, as it looked during the 1924 Revolution.
The somewhat rare Sd.Kfz.253 half track in 1/72, using the Italeri kit. It was used in the Retreat diorama.
The First Wave of British Heavy Metal depits a typical WWI scene. Airfix Mark I Male in 1/72 scale.
F4 Models NC-1A Aircraft Starter Unit in 1/72 will be part of a 1/72 scale diorama. It is a nice kit on its own, though. 
Trumpeter flatbed railway gondola will be part of the Leaving the Tunnel 1/35 scale diorama, depicting a locomotive and a gondola pulling a partially assembled He-162 outside a gypsum mine during the last months of war.
Trumpeter WR-360 engine will be part of the Leaving the Tunnel 1/35 scale diorama, depicting a locomotive and a gondola pulling a partially assembled He-162 outside a gypsum mine during the last months of war.
This is the diminutive Polish TKS tankette from RPM (ex-Mirage) in 1/35 scale, as it probably looked like during the opening WWII weeks.
Toyota GB is my rendering of the ubiquitous vehicle found in virtually every Japanese airstrip, using the very old Hasegawa kit in 1/72 scale.
The Ford Tf-C was the first Polish design of an armored vehicle. Although the RPM offering is not a good kit, was an excuse to use rivets and to try a different display base. 1/72 scale.

There is no modern injected kit of the M5 artillery tractor in 1/72 scale, the only choice being the Hasegawa offering from 1975. But we show how these little models can be much improved with a few modifications. .


My first submarine since I was kid. This is the small Gato class SS-212, from the Hobby Boss kit in 1/700 scale.
Here is a modern submarine, the SSN-772 Greenville, from the Hobby Boss kit in 1/700 scale.
Any submarine collection must have a U-boat. Here is mine, a Type VII B in 1/700 scale from Hobby Boss.
An adventure in the realm of sailing ships, this is my Revell Cutty Sark in 1/350 scale.


Here are a few very very old models built during my childhood. Still today, they are my best efforts...
I had lots of fun with this Airifx Beam Engine, from their Museum Models Construction Kit series. Building something this different is an excellent way to have fun and improve your weathering skills, believe me.

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