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No Corr-U-Gator (Masterpiece Models MMTL002)
Corr-U-Gator Scale corrugated iron tools for 1/35 scale
Masterpiece Models
MMTL002 2014 | New tool
18. June, 18:07

June 17, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new project.
3 | 11. June, 14:42
Torsten
Looking forward what's coming in the next time 🙂
13. June, 07:17
Mike Szwarc
This project is still in the planning stage, but I hope to build a diorama of a couple of wanderers meeting in the arctic wasteland
13. June, 11:59
Bruce Huxtable
Aerosan? Fun build but a tad small for 1:35... Careful if you have figures, perhaps 1:48 might match better?
17. June, 19:46
Mike Szwarc
Bruce, thanks for the tip. The Aerosan does look a little small, and the figures I have are 1:35. I'll just have to see how all the components look together, and possibly bash together a slightly larger Aerosan body if need be.
17. June, 19:57
Bruce Huxtable
I might be wrong, but I think the propeller would drag the vehicle backwards, if the reinforced edges of each blade are the leading edges when it spins. What do you reckon?
17. June, 20:24
Mike Szwarc
Nice catch, Bruce. The propeller mounted as shown on the box art and in the instructions would indeed pull the vehicle backwards. it can be flipped over and mounted so that it will propel the vehicle forward.
17. June, 20:56
Bruce Huxtable
Do you reckon the steering rods should be inverted on one side too, Mike? If the main spindle rotates in the same direction, wouldn't that adjust the skiis to point together or apart, and not actually steer? I have no idea how the steering wheel / mechanism would actually actuate that spindle gizmo..... Just wondering if anyone knows?
17. June, 21:04
Mike Szwarc
No idea how the steering works, but I looked at vintage photos of this particular aerosan, and the steering rod connections to the bell crank on one side are the opposite of the other side.
17. June, 21:45
Bruce Huxtable
Hmm, that what I figured, Mike, after I'd diligently followed the instructions. Ah well, I still enjoyed the challenges of this little kit. My first experience of photo-etched parts... Definitely recommended all the same.
17. June, 22:02
Mike Szwarc marked this item as on order
17. June, 21:30
Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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1:35
Tug (black), barge (red), and one engine (white) shown in approximate positions relative to each other as envisioned fo...
1 | 17. June, 19:32
Robert Podkoński
Taking a seat in the first row!
17. June, 19:36
Stefan Schacht
nice start, count me in.
17. June, 19:42
JD
I certainly recognize that Podracer engine! Can't wait to see the outcome!
17. June, 19:43
Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1:35
In progress
1:25 '50 Austin Coupe (Revell 85-7120)1:25 Dodge L700 Tractor & Tanker Trailer (Lindberg HL118)1:35 Deckhands Series 1 (Industria Mechanika IMECH005A)9+
 
2 | 16. June, 20:53
Torsten
You start one 😎 project after one, awesome, follow 👍
17. June, 16:18
Bruce Huxtable
Curious... watching 🙂
17. June, 16:40
Robert Podkoński
I am equally curious (taking into account the project's inventory...). Taking a seat!
17. June, 16:55
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for looking, guys. I hope to take some photos soon of the work so far-- this is something of a "design as I build" project using the listed inventory kits for parts, along with styrene and found materials. Torsten, I actually started this project some time ago, and then put it aside (though I continued to collect materials for it). When I started work on the Wasps, I thought I might use one of them in a vignette with this project, so I restarted work, and will be working on these vehicles and the Wasps simultaneously.
17. June, 17:33

June 15, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
15 | 23. May, 23:27
JD
Mike! You're back! And with another amazing build! how I've missed your incredible talent around here!
Definitely following for sure.. Hell yeah! 🤩
24. May, 00:18
Mike Szwarc
Strayed from model building for a few months, but finally got back into my groove, and finished the tractor and Powerwagon I had started earlier, then got going on this one. This is a pretty crap kit, so perfect for a wasteland vehicle. I just started building it, designing as I work on it.
24. May, 02:14
Torsten
Interesting, take a seat 👍
24. May, 06:18
Dennis
Nice work on those weld lines. I am eager to see how this thing looks with paint on.
24. May, 08:00
Nathan Dempsey
Following 👀
24. May, 11:11
Mike Szwarc
Thanks, Dennis. First time I tried the technique. It's a bit finicky, but it does add a nice bit of detail that can be enhanced in the weathering stage.
24. May, 12:04
Spanjaard
really curious to see what you do with this!
28. May, 09:54
Spanjaard
Looking really good, by the way
28. May, 12:36
Mike Szwarc
Thanks, Spanjaard. Part of the fun of this build is seeing how it will turn out myself. While most of my previous wasteland builds started with an idea of how the vehicle should look in the end, on this build, I just started assembling things, and designed as I worked, testing different ideas as they came to me, and using those ideas I liked.
28. May, 16:42
WhiteGlint
Awesome already, looking forward to the paint! 👍
30. May, 17:53
Dennis
Interior looks brilliant. Choice of base Color is also very good.
12. June, 10:49

June 4, 2021

Mike Szwarc marked this item as on order
4. June, 19:58

June 3, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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What's in the box. This resin kit contains parts to build two Wasp anti-gravity vehicles, and also includes two seated, ...
4 | 3. June, 13:27
Torsten
That's 😎, I'll follow this project
3. June, 14:03
Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1:35
In progress
1:35 Wasps (Industria Mechanika IMECH033)
 
3. June, 13:19

May 28, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
14 | 11. May, 02:27
Hanno Kleinecke
Super, very realistic looking result, even more so, when taking into consideration which base you started from !
11. May, 07:36
Neuling
I agree with Hanno. 👍
11. May, 07:56
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments, guys! I considered doing a little more detailing to the truck itself, but in the end, I couldn't muster the necessary enthusiasm to do the work. Anyway, I'm pleased enough with the work I did do. These were the first MiniArt accessory kits I've worked with. The detail is beautiful, but many of the parts in these kits are tiny! Tweezers, an Optivisor, arthritis meds, and patience are a must.
11. May, 12:36
Spanjaard
excellent work!
28. May, 09:54
Lex Jassies
Can imagin that your pleased with this result. That's a very nice little Dodge 👍
28. May, 11:01

May 23, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1:24
Completed
1:24 Ford Escort RS1800 Mk.II (Italeri 3650)
 
1 | 23. May, 22:26

May 11, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1 | 11. May, 02:19

May 4, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
11 | 2. May, 17:51
Julian Herrero aka Yuri
Good work ,,, like it
2. May, 20:07
Christian W
That tractor sat for a long time on one spot. Good weathering.
3. May, 04:25
Neuling
Schöner Porsche! Will not win a race any more ........
3. May, 08:55
Mike Szwarc
Thanks guys. Christian W, that's the look I was shooting for-- a tractor that got parked outdoors, and was never used again. I live in rural Texas where one often sees abandoned farm equipment. A lot of youngsters are beginning to collect and restore the old tractors now, though.
3. May, 12:16
Spanjaard
this beauty is begging for a little vignette. it truly looks perfect.
3. May, 13:20
Mike Szwarc
Thanks Spanjaard. I've been thinking about putting it in a small vignette.
3. May, 14:21
Daniel Mysak
Great work, looks stunning. 👍
A small vignette would suit perfect.
3. May, 15:22
David Taylor
Fantastic weathering.
3. May, 18:13
Jorge Justino Fernandes
Nice work of painting the wear of time suits him wonderfully 👍
3. May, 18:26
Villiers de Vos
Realistic weathering, very nicely done.
3. May, 18:28
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments, guys, and thanks for looking!
3. May, 21:21
Dominik Weitzer
like that a lot! The weathering is just perfect.
4. May, 13:41

May 2, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1:24
Completed
1:24 Porsche Diesel Junior 108 (Revell 85-4485)
 
1 | 2. May, 17:36

April 11, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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Another view of the island work station, with display shelves in the background.
11 | 24. September 2020, 19:12
Thomas Espe
Great looking workspace. I like the large windows, gives a lot of natural light, it seems.
24. September 2020, 19:45
Roland Gunslinger
Nice and cozy :)
24. September 2020, 19:50
Spanjaard
it looks certainly good. nice lathe 🙂
be careful, Escher is checking what you are doing😉
24. September 2020, 19:51
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for looking and commenting, guys. 🙂 The large window is nice, but I wish the room had 2 fewer doors! Spanjaard, the lathe is, unfortunately, over 50 years old, and was used quite hard during its first 15 years. It was given to me nearly 40 years ago, and I did my best to refurbish it, but the ways are worn near the chuck, so it's impossible to set the feed gibs for a good fit for the length of the ways, and it tends to chatter when turning metal. I've mostly used the lathe on wood and plastic, and it's difficult to turn anything much smaller than 1cm in diameter with it. Good eye, spotting Escher on my door!
25. September 2020, 00:07
25. September 2020, 12:38
Spanjaard
I really love his art, i have to go and visit his museum again when this covid mess is over....
25. September 2020, 12:40
Rui S
Really Nice place. Lots of working space and light. 👍
The lathe is old and worn but simply beautiful.😎
25. September 2020, 20:26

February 6, 2021

Mike Szwarc completed this item
1:12 Sandtrooper (Bandai 0197348)
Star Wars
Sandtrooper Desert Stormtrooper
Bandai 1:12
0197348 (2291093) 2015 | Changed parts
4. February, 03:54
Spanjaard
any pictures?😉
5. February, 16:07
Mike Szwarc
I haven't taken any photos because I just built the kit out of the box-- no paint weathering, or detailing, just snapped together. I got the kit because I'd heard good things about Bandai kits, and I mainly wanted to see how they were molded, and how well the parts fit together (molding and fit are both excellent). The kit builds into a decent little 6" tall poseable figure, with several weapons and backpack options, very fun to assemble, and looks good without paint. I may go back and paint and weather it at some point.
5. February, 17:07
Spanjaard
for what i have seen from Bandai, they know how to make kits. absolute beginner can have fun without even glue, and advance modellers can make magnific models out of them. pitty not so easy to come by out of Japan....
5. February, 17:17
Mike Szwarc
Bandai Star Wars kits are readily available here in the states. Gundam are available, too, but I don't know enough about them to know how easy they are to come by.
5. February, 22:23
Spanjaard
well, shipping them to europe, plus import duties etc, is certainly possible, the prices just grows like crazy....
5. February, 23:25
Mike Szwarc
Yeah, international shipping often costs as much as the kit. We don't have to pay import duties on most things shipped to the US, though.
6. February, 01:12

January 15, 2021

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
10 | 5. September 2020, 21:01
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Torsten
This looking good, great project😎
27. October 2020, 11:01
Martin R.
Very interesting topic. I'll take a seat and grab my virtual popcorn.
27. October 2020, 12:35
Spanjaard
it looks great
14. January, 13:20
Dominik Weitzer
interesting supbjekt, looks really good!
14. January, 13:26
Mike Szwarc
Thanks guys!
15. January, 23:19

November 30, 2020

Mike Szwarc started this item
30. November 2020, 23:19
Mike Szwarc completed this item
1:35 SkyMark (Industria Mechanika IMECH014)
Ian McQue's
SkyMark
Industria Mechanika 1:35
IMECH014 2013 | New tool
30. November 2020, 23:18

September 30, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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I converted my Ma. K. Fliege from a space soldier to a space construction worker. I turned the weapon arm into a welder,...
5 | 11. September 2020, 16:50
Lost_Erik
Cool. Thanks for sharing this.
12. September 2020, 14:25
Johnny B
Yes, very cool! Question: are they injection-molded styrene? Looking forward to seeing this MaK built up and painted. 🙂
12. September 2020, 17:43
Mike Szwarc
Johnny B, the kit parts and the base are styrene, the spherical capsule is polypropylene. The kit is also snap-together, like Bandai or some Hasegawa kits. Both male and female heads are included, and the figure can be displayed standing or flying.
12. September 2020, 17:55
JD
Have not seen these before, very unusual. where did you find it? looking forward to the build. Thoughts on painting schemes? Possible diorama? I'm sure anything you do will be awesome.
12. September 2020, 19:07
Mike Szwarc
JD, I first became aware of these from a review I saw online, though I don't recall where-- maybe Cybermodeler Online. Anyway, I searched on eBay, which is where I got this one. There's only a couple sellers in the US selling single kits, but some Japanese sellers are selling boxes of 9 kits. I don't know if there are 9 random kits to a box, or if you get each of the three models in each of the three colors. I won't be doing anything special with this, just a practice build for my Hasegawa kits. I plan to display it flying, but not sure of a paint scheme yet. I'm trying to think of something useful to bash his weapon arm into-- maybe a welder.
12. September 2020, 20:48
Torsten
Ma.K. meets surprise eggs 👍
26. September 2020, 08:22
Nathan Dempsey
Interesting for sure. I wish we had vending machines with little models here in the US.
26. September 2020, 08:29
Mike Szwarc
I'm with you, Nathan! As far as I've been able to discover, though, the only actual model kits available in this form have been the 1/35 Ma. K. power suits. I've found all manner of miniatures, action figures, animals, insects, and even something akin to eggs planes and tanks available as capsule toys, but all of these are assembled and painted. Since this kit is from the 3rd and final series of kits in collaboration with Kow Yamayodo, I'll be interested to see if Kaiyodo does any more mini-model kits for the capsule toy market.
26. September 2020, 11:56
Nathan Dempsey
Turned out quite nice there Mike.
30. September 2020, 23:50

September 22, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new project.
2 | 13. September 2020, 13:22
Spanjaard
interesting!
22. September 2020, 07:25

September 5, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1:35
Completed
1:35 SkyMark (Industria Mechanika IMECH014)
 
1 | 5. September 2020, 12:17
JD
Front row seat!
5. September 2020, 21:01
Mike Szwarc
Started this back in July, then put it on hold for my workroom redo. Did a bit of backtracking with the PE tower, but I'm taking pics of the work as I go.
5. September 2020, 21:08
JD
Wow, even that reference photo would make a cool wall mounted display idea with the clouds in the background and the support rod set horizontally..
(I know, I'm an armchair quarterback)
5. September 2020, 23:13
Mike Szwarc
Interesting idea, JD 👍 I hadn't thought of a wall-mounted display.
5. September 2020, 23:31
Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1:25
Completed
1:25 1940 Willys Coupe/Pickup (AMT 818)1:25 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup (AMT/ERTL 6053)No Odds & Ends Over 1/2" (1.27cm) (Evergreen Scale Models 9002)
 
1 | 23. August 2020, 16:38
JD
Just thought I'd bump this one to the front. Stupendous! This is the first time I've seen pics of your build process, which is amazing unto itself. Completely off the wall!
5. September 2020, 04:58
Mike Szwarc
Thanks, JD. I rarely think to take WIP photos, but I did on this build, and I took some of the completed plow & harpoon vehicle before I painted it.
5. September 2020, 11:35
Nigel Chapman
I second JD's comments - the build pictures give a great insight not only to your build process but the creativeness Involved.
5. September 2020, 12:51
Mike Szwarc
I just started building again (Sky Mark buoy) after completely re-doing my work room (rebuilt my work tables and my spray booth, rearranged the room layout, reorganized storage, and added display space for finished models), so I'll see if I can get into the habit of taking build pics as I go. 🙂
5. September 2020, 13:33
JD
That sounds great Mike! You have amazing talent, and I for one am very excited and inspired to watch you work! You could easily charge admission for this information!
5. September 2020, 20:15

September 4, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
10 | 22. July 2020, 11:36
Neuling
Cool build!
23. July 2020, 08:39
Spanjaard
indeed.
2. September 2020, 13:12
Mike Szwarc
Thanks guys! I've been thinking about doing a junkyard diorama with this one and one or two other kits I haven't built yet.
2. September 2020, 13:18
Spanjaard
i would love to see that! 🙂
2. September 2020, 13:21
Frank Krüger
You did a great job .... looks amazing !!!!!!!!!!! :)
2. September 2020, 13:55
Nigel Chapman
Just noticed the miniature Leaf punch. That is a neat touch.
3. September 2020, 21:14
Brandon H
Extremely cool!
4. September 2020, 16:12
Mike Szwarc added a new project.
1:25 '57 Ford Gasser 2 'n 1 (Revell 85-4396)1:25 1954 Hudson Hornet Special (Moebius Models 1214)1:25 1953 Studebaker Starliner Coupe (AMT/ERTL 6955)
 
2 | 4. September 2020, 12:59
Nigel Chapman
Oh yeah. Can't wait to see this build !
4. September 2020, 14:52
Mike Szwarc
Not sure when I'll start it, my workbench is full right now, but I was looking at my stash, and trying to decide what to do with the Hudson and the Starliner. I thought of a DD scenario, but two cars is only a crash; a derby needs at least three, so I decided to use the Del Rio as well. The damage is going to be tough to pull off effectively, but that's the challenge!
4. September 2020, 15:05

September 3, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
10 | 21. July 2020, 12:17
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Spanjaard
thanks a lot Mike. I am actually "collecting" rust pictures with that purpose in mind😉
2. September 2020, 22:25
Spanjaard
very interesting to see that you can get such a beautiful look, without chipping fluids and all that stuff.... 🙂 I like that.
2. September 2020, 22:26
Mike Szwarc
My approach is a bit tedious, especially on a larger or more heavily weathered model, but by the time I get to that stage of the finishing, I'm quite excited to see how things will turn out, so the process is more enjoyable and interesting than tedious. I also have a habit of telling myself a story about how the model came to be in the state it will be in when finished. That can give me additional ideas for weathering and rusting details.
2. September 2020, 22:46
2. September 2020, 22:47
Nigel Chapman
You have achieved an authentic looking patina Mike, I like it.
3. September 2020, 21:11
Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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MPC's Rat Trap Vega is a simple kit (no chrome or clear parts) that made for an easy conversion to the buzzard. I didn't...
18 | 24. July 2020, 13:09
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JD
I live, I die, I LIVE AGAIN!
3. September 2020, 00:25
Jeff Flint
If you can't stand up, you can't do war!
3. September 2020, 02:30
Nathan Dempsey
I feel like you have carried me through the gates of Valhalla. Great idea & build.
3. September 2020, 04:04
Neuling
Hedgehog on wheels! 👍
3. September 2020, 06:49
Nigel Chapman
Nice job, very effective. Reminds me of the VW from the 1974 Australian movie The cars that ate Paris
3. September 2020, 18:24
Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
2 | 3. August 2020, 14:34
Tom Beighley
I'd hate to have one chasing me down, looks very menacing. Nice car collection as well!
3. September 2020, 16:08
Treehugger
This somehow reminds me of a movie. Hm.. The Admiral: Roaring Currents
3. September 2020, 16:35
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for looking, guys! Treehugger, The Admiral: Roaring Currents is about the conflict where this ship would have been used, If such a ship actually existed. There are no contemporary drawings of the geobukseon, only a couple of vague written descriptions of it. This model is of a scaled down speculative recreation of a turtle ship on display at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul.
3. September 2020, 17:14

September 2, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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Loaded dory in cradle on deck section display stand. The black edge is the waterway at the rail. All rope was made speci...
13 | 31. August 2020, 23:54
Spanjaard
truly excellent job Mike. fantastic
1. September 2020, 21:29
Mike Szwarc
Thanks! I spent a lot of time researching dory trawl line fishing, and just kept adding details as I learned about them in my reading. I built this a decade ago, and have since gotten into plastic models. First cars, and now sci-fi.
1. September 2020, 21:51
Chris Church
This is really exceptional. Well done!
1. September 2020, 23:36
2. September 2020, 10:28
Treehugger
Lovely, would look so nice on my shelf. 🙂 I don't want to buy it but something like this would be nice to have on my shelf.

How long is the model in cm's?
2. September 2020, 11:20
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments, guys, and thanks for looking! Treehugger, the dory is 32cm long x 9 1/2 cm wide, and the base is 34 cm x 15 1/2 cm.
2. September 2020, 11:54
Frank Krüger
Just wowowowowowowowowowowowowowowow ....... :)
2. September 2020, 14:00
Bernd Korte
That's a really nice an unusual build! May I ask what was the motivation behind this project? What's your connection to this type of boat?
2. September 2020, 14:07
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments! Bernd, I was interesting in learning to build wooden models of sailing ships, and in looking at the types and rigs of the various old ships, I became particularly interested in the fisherman and whalers. This led me to read more about how these men did their work, and I became more interested in the boats and equipment they used than the ships they worked from. I decided to see if I could scratchbuild a dory while I was learning about how the Grand Banks fishers worked.
2. September 2020, 15:36
Bernd Korte
Again, museum-quality result! And quite the educational journey how you describe it.
2. September 2020, 15:48
Rui S
Excellent modeling work 👍
2. September 2020, 19:04
Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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I was hoping for an easy OOB build with this kit, but in the end, I made a few modifications and additions. I modified t...
5 | 30. July 2020, 11:54
Spanjaard
very nice
2. September 2020, 10:27
Andreas Roth
Lovely bike, clean look ! Remembering me of my long time membership in a motorcycle club, riding across Europe to parties and events ...
2. September 2020, 10:37
Mike Szwarc
Thanks guys! Andreas, I've never ridden on a motorcycle, but I like the aesthetic of some of them, especially those from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.
2. September 2020, 11:58
Spanjaard
i fully agree with you Mike!
2. September 2020, 13:10
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I started to build the Cameo OOB, but didn't like the way the bed looked, so I decided to build it as a flatbed custom. ...
3 | 25. August 2020, 15:21
Spanjaard
beautiful. very nice personal way.
I would have added a bit of wash in the wheels.
2. September 2020, 10:23
Mike Szwarc
I thought the very same thing after I saw the photos. I did go back and add a wash to the wheels, the hood emblem, and the fuel tank, but I didn't take new photos. Thanks for the comments!
2. September 2020, 12:04
Spanjaard
👍 you need to add some pictures 🙂
2. September 2020, 13:10
Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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Forty years ago, back when draftsmen put pencil to paper rather than stylus to pad, before CAD existed, I was an enginee...
3 | 28. August 2020, 11:49
gorbygould
WOW!
That's a remarkable bit of scratch-building - amazing work!
28. August 2020, 14:34
Spanjaard
and amazing job indeed... that is real models as it can get .
and getting paid for it on top? what a lucky guy 🙂
28. August 2020, 15:24
Julian Herrero aka Yuri
Brilliant work , congratulations
28. August 2020, 18:56
Augie
Nice mud pits 🙂 You doing rest of the rig?
28. August 2020, 19:05
Matthew A
Looks like something Gerry Anderson would blow up
28. August 2020, 19:15
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments, guys, and thanks for looking! Augie, this is a model I built 40 years ago when I worked for the now defunct Dresser Industries. SWACO, the company I worked in, only made mud processing equipment, pressure control equipment, and some instrumentation, and this model includes all of the mud processing equipment on one mud tank and pump system. It sure would have been fun to build the drilling rig too. 🙂 Matthew, LOL, after the model was shown at OTC in 1980, someone in marketing got the bright idea to send it to some show overseas. It came back to me several weeks later looking like something Gerry Anderson DID blow up-- they wanted me to repair it. Once I surveyed the damage, I could see it wasn't nearly as bad as it looked. The railings were completely destroyed, and some of the equipment had come loose and sustained minor damage, but there was no major damage, and I got paid to work on the model for a couple more weeks. 😄
28. August 2020, 21:19
JD
Wow, you are a bonafide thoroughbred model master with a pedigree! Now I start to understand how come you're so dammed good at what you do. 🤔
2. September 2020, 04:40
Mike Szwarc
JD, even with my "professional" 🙂 background, for some reason, plastic model kits have always intimidated me. I hadn't built a non-figure plastic kit in 50 years when I built the Hanomag that came in the Band of Brothers kit. That's what inspired me to try some more ambitious kits. and when I realized I could build things the way I wanted by kitbashing, I was sold on plastics.
2. September 2020, 12:43
Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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1:25
My original plan for this kit was to build it into a custom street rod, but it's a skill level 2 kit, so the frame, fend...
1 | 25. August 2020, 16:40
Spanjaard
looks very nice
you know that if you leave the yellowed decals in the window for a while, they get sort of white again? i guess in Texas in summer, it should not take that long. but if you leave them too long, they will face too much
2. September 2020, 10:25
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the tip! I may have an old sheet of decals in my stash to try it on.
2. September 2020, 12:02

September 1, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
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1:56
US paratroopers, including machine gun crew. No insignia decals are included with kit, but are available aftermarket.
1 | 31. August 2020, 12:18
JD
Damn, is there anything you can't do, Mike? Did you scratch build the terrain? Nice flocking, you flocker! 🙂
1. September 2020, 19:22
Mike Szwarc
Well, I tend to follow my modeling muse wherever it takes me. I had been painting single gaming minis for a few months, and decided to try my hand at a whole game (actually a starter set-- one can keep adding to it ad infinitum). The kit included wall sections that one can fit together several different ways. I scratched the terrain bases and added all the rubble and static grass, and all the trees are scratch-built as well.
1. September 2020, 21:48

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I call this the Frankenstein gasser because its built with a modified body casting and engine from one car, chassis and...
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August 26, 2020

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26. August 2020, 02:47
JD
Oh yeah, this ought to be awesome!
26. August 2020, 03:32
Mike Szwarc
Still in early planning stage, but the kits are on order. Have to finish my workshop redo, spray booth rebuild, and a couple other projects before I get going on this one.
26. August 2020, 11:48

August 25, 2020

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1:24 '32 Ford Street Rod (Revell 85-6685)
 
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1:25 1955 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup (AMT/ERTL 6053)No Odds & Ends Over 1/2" (1.27cm) (Evergreen Scale Models 9002)
 
25. August 2020, 15:25
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I believe this is the first completely OOB build I've done, with no modifications or additions, using kit recommended pa...
3 | 30. July 2020, 00:02
Stephan H.
Nice one 👍 . I also have a sprint car in my collection which is manly a "chrome wing with extras". These cars are so nicely different.
24. August 2020, 15:00
Mike Szwarc
They certainly are different-- like an engine, transmission, fuel tank, and fat tires, with a few bits of metal tubing holding it all together, and wings to keep it down on the track. Oh, yeah, and a driver's seat stuck right in the middle of all that.
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1:24 71 JOEY SALDANA SPRINT CAR (Revell 85 4444)
 
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1:25 1940 Willys Coupe/Pickup (AMT 818)No Odds & Ends Over 1/2" (1.27cm) (Evergreen Scale Models 9002)
 
24. August 2020, 13:39
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8 | 20. July 2020, 18:02
Bob Hall
Oh Man ! That is a classic beauty there mate, AWESOME job !
20. July 2020, 19:26
Tim Heimer
Nicely done!
20. July 2020, 19:29
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the kind words, guys, and thanks for looking.
20. July 2020, 19:48
James C
Fabulous looking build. 👍
My Uncle had one of these (minus the towing winch) back in the early 80's.
It was blue-grey in colour and fairly weathered and beat up (just like your model)
The three of us kids used to sit in the back of the tray, with my Uncle (driving) and Mum and Grandmother sitting up front in the cab, and the 6 of us (plus dog) would make the trip to Piha every Xmas. Great times and fond memories. This build brought them flooding back! 🙂 👍
20. July 2020, 19:57
Tom ...
Awesome build and weathering! A real beauty!
20. July 2020, 20:01
Christoph Kunz
You did a superb job with this kit, and the scratched winch gives it the extra kick. thumbs up
20. July 2020, 20:10
Neuling
I agree with Christoph!
21. July 2020, 09:39
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for looking and commenting, guys. James C, thanks for sharing the memory. I always get turned around with you guys from down under, forgetting that Christmas comes during your summer!
21. July 2020, 11:55
Rui S
Beautiful. Great paint job and weathering 👍
25. July 2020, 22:29
Dominik Weitzer
weathering is fine 😄
24. August 2020, 12:50
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August 23, 2020

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1:25 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup (AMT/ERTL 6437)
 
23. August 2020, 18:57
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1:25 '65 Chevy Stepside Pickup (Revell 85-7210)
 
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1:25 '34 Ford (AMT 1120)1:35 Nuts and Bolts SET A (small) (Meng Model SPS-005)No Odds & Ends Over 1/2" (1.27cm) (Evergreen Scale Models 9002)
 
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1:25 Double Dirt Bike Motorcycle & Accessories (AMT PP014)
 
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3 | 14. August 2020, 14:21
JD
Great job Mike! I really like the mechs from Konflict 47, but are a bit pricey for me. I like how you went with a red paint scheme too, I've been wanting to paint and weather something red for awhile now. Very cool!
15. August 2020, 01:05
Mike Szwarc
Thanks, JD. Bought the Grizzly kit a couple years ago, and don't remember what I paid, but thought it a bit pricey, too. It is a resin and white metal kit, but doesn't even include a decal sheet. The resin parts aren't bad, but also not the best, as it's clear that the master was 3D printed, but not cleaned up as well as other resin kits using 3D printed masters. Anyway, the build was good practice for my growing collection of Ma. K kits.
15. August 2020, 02:42
JD
I'm totally to Ma.k! I have several kits including a rare one, waiting for my skills to improve before I even attempt them.
15. August 2020, 03:25
Cheyne Felter
Wow, this is cool, love the color scheme.
17. August 2020, 00:44
Mike Szwarc
Thanks, Cheyne. I was trying to imagine a civilian use for walkers, and somethin like heavy construction equipment came to mind, hence the orange. I didn't think Caterpillar yellow would look as good, but I may try that on something in the future.

JD, I feel the same reluctance to dive into a Ma. K kit, but I'm planning on doing one of the 1/35 scale suits after I finish redoing my workroom, and get a little further along on the Industria Mechanika Sky Mark I've started on.
17. August 2020, 02:09
JD
Damn man, you make me feel like a kid just getting started!😄
I'll practice on a few more Gundam kits, leading up to the Ma.K stuff eventually.. that's the plan anyway. 🙂
17. August 2020, 03:22
Mike Szwarc
Looked at your stash-- you have a nice collection of Ma. K! 👍 I'm not into Gundam, but I've been wanting to try a Bandai kit-- they appear to be well-designed and nicely molded-- so I ordered a 1/12 scale SandTrooper kit. I can have the experience of building a Bandai kit, and learn to do desert weathering to glossy white armor.
17. August 2020, 12:26
JD
I've never been much into Gundam at all until recently, just don't care for most of their designs, but there are a few cool armored suits I like, and Bandai kits are a such a pleasure to assemble, and without glue, it's almost like a puzzle rather than a model, and with the Gundam stuff, the figures are articulate and poseable which is cool.
17. August 2020, 19:58
Mike Szwarc
My Sand Trooper arrived today! He is poseable and also has more detail options than I realized. And one of the sprues has black, white, and grey parts all molded on the same sprue-- never seen that before :o
17. August 2020, 22:02
JD
Nice selection, good choice! I'm sure you will have fun with that one. Bandai kits rock!
Looking forward to the painting and weathering, and dio too. 👍
17. August 2020, 23:37

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August 3, 2020

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3. August 2020, 12:57

August 2, 2020

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1:96 Phantom (Model Shipways MS2027)
Phantom New York Pilot Boat
Model Shipways 1:96
MS2027 200x
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To preserve the original lines of the '59 El Camino, I only made a few modifications. I lifted the vehicle and opened up...
2 | 1. August 2020, 19:28
JD
My name is Max
My world is reduced to a single instinct: Survive.
As the world fell it was hard to know who was more crazy. Me... Or everyone else.
2. August 2020, 03:22

August 1, 2020

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1. August 2020, 15:05
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1. August 2020, 13:13

July 31, 2020

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1:35 Lunadiver Stingray (Hasegawa 64003)
Lunadiver Stingray + Fireball SG & Fireball SG Prowler Suits
Hasegawa 1:35
64003 (MK03) 2009 | New tool
31. July 2020, 15:26
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31. July 2020, 11:35
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31. July 2020, 11:35

July 30, 2020

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30. July 2020, 02:10

July 29, 2020

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This kit is another rerelease of an older AMT kit, with new tires and decals added to a poorly designed and molded kit. ...
1 | 29. July 2020, 13:42
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29. July 2020, 12:55

July 27, 2020

Mike Szwarc now follows Bill Newcomer
27. July 2020, 12:44

July 26, 2020

Mike Szwarc and JD are now mates.
26. July 2020, 22:31
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26. July 2020, 16:29
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26. July 2020, 14:33
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Vignette with modified 54mm Reaper Bones Oni and Perry Brothers 28mm wounded samurai. Paper leaves made with GreenStuff ...
26. July 2020, 13:57
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1:25 '59 Chevy El Camino (AMT 1058)No Truck Tire Set (Tamiya TAM70101)
 
26. July 2020, 12:03
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1 | 25. July 2020, 13:21
Alec K
Very cool project 👍
25. July 2020, 21:57
JD
Another one! You have the knack Mike!
26. July 2020, 00:23
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments, guys!
26. July 2020, 01:04

July 25, 2020

Mike Szwarc owns this item
25. July 2020, 17:32
Mike Szwarc now follows JD
25. July 2020, 14:11
Mike Szwarc now follows Michał Karczewski
25. July 2020, 14:08
Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
25. July 2020, 02:29
JD
Excellent! 👍 👍 Please tell me you have more Post-apocalyptic vehicles in store for us! Love the genre! 😄
25. July 2020, 02:43
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments, and thanks for looking! Check out my projects and albums for more post-apocalyptic builds.
25. July 2020, 03:30
JD
I just did and... Woah! .. Holy.. Wtf?... 😳 .. now following... sir... 😳 ... ... 😳
25. July 2020, 05:25
Rui S
OOB???, no Sir never 😄.
Well done, diferent work for sure 👍
25. July 2020, 11:43
Mike Szwarc
Thanks again, JD. Looked at your builds-- some pretty amazing work there!
Thanks for looking, Rui. I do some OOB builds, but they're not as much fun 😄
25. July 2020, 12:01

July 24, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new project.
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1:25 Rat Trap Vega (MPC MPC905M/12)
 
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July 23, 2020

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1:25 1960 Chevy Custom Fleetside Pickup with Go Kart (AMT 1063)18mm Hobby Mini Wheels (Stevens International SVM-307)
 
4 | 23. July 2020, 12:38
Zach Wilson
these are fantastically creative
23. July 2020, 15:30
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the kind words, Zach, and thanks for looking!
23. July 2020, 17:46
István Szücs
Wow, it's really cool! I love it!
23. July 2020, 18:24
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23. July 2020, 17:22
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I tried to think of what a scavenger would need to be successful: tools to get at usable parts, a way to move larger, he...
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I lengthened the frame of the go-kart, replaced the wheels with Stevens International 18mm rubber wheels, added a large ...
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July 22, 2020

Mike Szwarc added a new photoalbum.
3 | 22. July 2020, 18:00
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22. July 2020, 17:38
Mike Szwarc added Nautical Research Guild Model Ship World to his forums
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I mounted the Moon tank up front, instead of behind the seat per the instructions, and I was unable to fit the steering ...
2 | 22. July 2020, 16:19
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1:25 1925 Ford T Chopped (AMT 1167)No Miniature Leaf Punch ORANGE (Green Stuff World 8436554363544)No Miniature Leaf Punch GREY (Green Stuff World 8436554363001)
 
2 | 22. July 2020, 15:59
Mike Szwarc owns this item
22. July 2020, 15:38
Mike Szwarc owns this item
22. July 2020, 15:35
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Spanjaard
nice used look
21. July 2020, 20:20
Rui S
I agree well done 👍
21. July 2020, 21:50
John Thomas
Very nice work
22. July 2020, 00:00
Neuling
Top work! I like this build!
22. July 2020, 08:31
Mike Szwarc
Thanks for the comments, guys, and thanks for looking!
22. July 2020, 11:57
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