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  Warszawa, Poland

Occupation: IT Specialist
Interests: Digital photography and modeling: modern western armor in 1/35 and modern military aircraft in 1/48.
Username: Vodnik

  



About Vodnik
As first lines of this bio appear under all my reviews, I feel it is important that I start with this information: In March 2005 I ventured into the other side of modeling "industry" - I was not only building model kits, but also helping design them as a consultant for Dragon Models Ltd.. These days from time to time I still support various model kit and aftermarket manufacturers as a technical consultant, although my ties with DML seem to have disappeared in mid 2016. I built my first plastic models when I was a little kid (in late 70's/early 80's). First models were mostly Czech, Polish and East German plane kits - the only ones available easily behind the Iron Curtain. Paints for models were not available in Poland back then, but East German airliners kits came with a small bottle of silver paint in them, so all my models back then were either unpainted or overall silver :) Since that time I was returning to modeling every few years, with periods when other hobbies dominated between. Each time I returned to modeling I was trying something else and my skills were constantly improving. Availability of kits, tools and supplies also improved in Poland and finally the Internet arrived and I was able to buy kits, supplies and aftermarket products from all over the world. Initially I was building every kit I could get, but with time I limited my choices to 1/35 scale modern armor and 1/48 modern jets. For a few years I was assisting Dragon in improving their M4 Sherman family of kits and at that time I also started to buy and build selected World War 2 military vehicle kit, but they are a minority in my stash. A few years ago I started to also buy some selected 1/32 kits, but I have not built any of them yet... I started my involvement in Armorama activities by sending a series of photos of the first model I finished in 2003 after the long five years break from modeling: 1/48 MiG-29A. Jim published it as OnDisplay feature on May 22nd, 2003. I suffer the disease many other modelers know so well - I cannot keep from buying new kits. This means that my collection of unbuilt kits grows ten times faster than my collection of built models. But I found a good explanation for this - I'm not just a modeler, but also a kit collector :) So buying kits is not my problem, this is just my other hobby! I joined the Armorama Staff as Assistant Editor of Armor/AFV section on June 8th, 2004. From February 16th, 2005 to July 2006 I was Editor-at-Large. After a few months break I returned to Armorama staff as Contributing Editor in March 2007. Now once again I'm only a regular member.

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My Feature Articles

1.Easy way to make non-slip surfacesARMOR/AFV ENGLISH
2.M3A2 Bradley Cavalry Fighting VehicleARMOR/AFV ENGLISH
3.MIG-29A FulcrumAIRCRAFT ENGLISH

My Reviews

1.M54 Gun Truck 'Black Widow'BY REAL MODEL ENGLISH
2.Tank Destroyers of BundeswehrBY TANKOGRAD PUBLISHING ENGLISH
3.Armored HEMTTBY TANKOGRAD PUBLISHING ENGLISH
4.YPR765A1 PRI SFORBY AFV CLUB ENGLISH
5.M113 OIF Stowage SetBY LEGEND PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
6.Modern Oil Drums and CanistersBY PRO ART MODELS ENGLISH
7.HEMTTBY TANKOGRAD PUBLISHING ENGLISH
8.Pick Up Hi-LuxBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
9.Leopard 1 MBT in German Army Service – Early YearsBY TANKOGRAD PUBLISHING ENGLISH
10.The M 48 Main Battle Tank in German Army ServiceBY TANKOGRAD PUBLISHING ENGLISH
11.LECLERC Series 2 RT5 & T6 decalsBY ECHELON ENGLISH
12.MCD enhancement set (for USMC M1A1HC models)BY ECHELON ENGLISH
13.HMMWV Late Type CupolaBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
14.Super Swamper wheels for Tamiya HumveeBY PRO ART MODELS ENGLISH
15.Leopard 2 A5/A6 NL Conversion setBY LEGEND PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
16.Wheels Set for MAN 10t. milglBY SIGNIFER ENGLISH
17.Wheels Set for LAV 25BY SIGNIFER ENGLISH
18.US Hardtop for HumveeBY PRO ART MODELS ENGLISH
19.US Humvee Interior SetBY PRO ART MODELS ENGLISH
20.Tiger I Ausf.E Initial - Deutsches Afrika KorpsBY CYBER-HOBBY.COM ENGLISH
21.Corrected Leopard 2A5 120 mm RH120 L55 Barrel (for Tamiya)BY MODEL POINT ENGLISH
22.First Look: 2 cm Flak 38 barrel for Tamiya kitBY MODEL POINT ENGLISH
23.First Look: 14.5mm KPVT MG barrel for BTR-70 / -80 / -152EBY MODEL POINT ENGLISH
24.Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. EBY DRAGON MODELS ENGLISH
25.Desperate Defense - Korsun Pocket 1944BY DRAGON MODELS ENGLISH
26.Diehl 513B tracks for M113BY PERFECT SCALE MODELLBAU ENGLISH
27.OIF US Army M1A1HC Abrams decals Part 4BY ECHELON ENGLISH
28.75 mm Cannon Model 1897 monographBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
29.M2 / M3 Bradley In ActionBY SQUADRON SIGNAL PUBLICATIONS ENGLISH
30.Hummer/Humvee In ActionBY SQUADRON SIGNAL PUBLICATIONS ENGLISH
31.French Main Battle Tank Leclerc Series 2BY TAMIYA ENGLISH
32.Pz.Kpfw.VI Ausf.E Tiger I Late ProductionBY DRAGON MODELS ENGLISH
33.Bundeswehr Hotchkiss SPz kurzBY PERFECT SCALE MODELLBAU ENGLISH
34.Mi-24D/W (TopShots 3)BY KAGERO PUBLISHING ENGLISH
35.MiG-21MF (TopShots 1)BY KAGERO PUBLISHING ENGLISH
36.F/A-18D Hornet 'Night Attack'BY ACADEMY ENGLISH
37.Technical BJ45 Landcruiser w/Soviet B-11 RRBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
38.First Look: Sd.Kfz.184 Elefant PE Update (DML6126)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
39.First Look:WW2 US Registration MarkingsBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
40.First Look: Allied Stars Vol. 1 dry transfersBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
41.Sd.Kfz.265 Panzerbefehlswagen 1BY DRAGON MODELS ENGLISH
42.Sd.Kfz.251 Ausf. D PE Update (for DML 6233)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
43.75mm KwK37 (L24) PE Update (for DML 6233)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
44.Engine deck storage boxes for Panther D StandardBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
45.Engine deck storage boxes for Panther D EarlyBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
46.First Look:Tiger I Ausf.E/H1 (Tam.) Engine ScreensBY ARMORSCALE ENGLISH
47.First Look:1/72 75mm KwK42 L/70 barrel for PantherBY ARMORSCALE ENGLISH
48.First Look:88mm KwK36 L/56 Barrel for Tiger I lateBY ARMORSCALE ENGLISH
49.First Look: 76.2mm ZiS-5 barrel for KV-1 Pat.41-43BY ARMORSCALE ENGLISH
50.First Look: 75mm KwK 37 / StuK 37 German Tank AmmoBY ARMORSCALE ENGLISH
51.US Modern Equipment SetBY PRO ART MODELS ENGLISH
52.M551 Sheridan Airborne TankBY ACADEMY ENGLISH
53.US Army 3rd ID M1A1HA tank decals (OIF) - Part 3BY ECHELON ENGLISH
54.US Army 3rd ID M1A1HA tank decals (OIF) - Part 2BY ECHELON ENGLISH
55.Bundeswehr Marder 1A0 - A3 workable tracksBY LIONMARC MODEL DESIGNS ENGLISH
56.F-16CG/CJ (Block 40/50) Fighting FalconBY ACADEMY ENGLISH
57.M1 Panther II MDCVBY DRAGON MODELS ENGLISH
58.Dekaler till Strv 122BY ECHELON SWEDISH
59.M1 Panther II Mine Clearing TankBY TRUMPETER ENGLISH
60.M109 155mm Self-Propelled Howitzer 1960-2005BY OSPREY PUBLISHING ENGLISH
61.US Navy A-7 Corsair II Units of the Vietnam WarBY OSPREY PUBLISHING ENGLISH
62.Technical BJ44 Landcruiser - Cal.50 MG versionBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
63.1/72 Humvee Wheels (aggressive pattern)BY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
64.Opel Blitz Upgrade Set + DriverBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
65.Doric Greek TempleBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
66.1/72 AFV equipment sets for M10 GMC & ShermanBY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
67.US Special Forces Dumvee conversion set for TamiyaBY PRO ART MODELS ENGLISH
68.Lockheed Martin F-16CJ (Block 50) Fighting FalconBY TAMIYA ENGLISH
69.IDF Equipment Sets, 1-4BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
70.1/72 USMC LVTP7 equipment set (for Dragon)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
71.1/72 Iraq War special set 1 - US troop equipmentBY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
72.Soviet Army Unit Emblems 1941/45BY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
73.106mm Recoilless Rifle Barrel (for Academy M151A1)BY MODEL POINT ENGLISH
74.Leopard 2A5 120 mm RH120 L55 Barrel (for Tamiya)BY MODEL POINT ENGLISH
75.Swedish Strv.122 tank decal setsBY ECHELON ENGLISH
76.Dutch Leopard 2s, YPR-765s & other AFVs decalsBY ECHELON ENGLISH
77.US Army 3rd ID M1A1 Abrams tanks decals (OIF)BY ECHELON ENGLISH
78.Burned out T-55 conversion set for TamiyaBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
79.1/72 WWII Soviet Tank CrewBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
80.1/72 Afrika Korps Tank CrewBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
81.Depósitos de combustível e de fumoBY MIG PRODUCTIONS PORTUGUESE
82.T-34/76 mod. 40 & 41 upgrade setBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
83.Fuel and smoke drums for Russian tanksBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
84.Railroad track and cobblestone setsBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
85.Modern Street LampBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
86.Soviet Soldier, Barbarossa, Russia 1940-41BY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
87.90 mm Highlander Clansman 1746 figureBY MIG PRODUCTIONS ENGLISH
88.Towing cables for armor models (1/35 & 1/72)BY EUREKA XXL ENGLISH
89.MLRS (German) Update (for DML 3522 & Revell 3032)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
90.SA-2 / HQ-2 PE Update (for Trumpeter 00204/00205)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
91.KingTiger (Porsche Turm) Grill (for DML)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
92.Pz.Kpfw.I Ausf.B PE Update set (for DML 6186)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
93.KingTiger (Henschel turret) PE Update for DML6208BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
94.PE set for JGSDF Light Armored Vehicle (Tamiya)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
95.1/72 WWII Luftwaffe machine gunsBY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
96.Dornier Do-24 interior (for Italeri kit)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
97.US Marine LVT-7 exterior set (crew equipment)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
98.IDF M113 reactive armor (conv. for Academy)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
99.Leopard 2 Engine set for Tamiya kitsBY PERFECT SCALE MODELLBAU ENGLISH
100.Sherman IC FireflyBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
101.32. Pulk Lotnictwa Rozpoznania TaktycznegoBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
102.Ammo shells and boxes for StuG III (1/72 scale)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
103.Food supplies (1/72 scale)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
104.Modern US troop equipment (1/72 scale)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
105.le.F.H. 18/18M monographBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
106.M113A2 APC Desert VersionBY TAMIYA ENGLISH
107.Modern US tank crew (1/72 scale)BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
108.IDF Tank CrewBY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
109.Studebaker US6 monographBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
110.GAZ-69AM monographBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
111.s.F.H.18 monographBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
112.1/35 Modern German tank crewBY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
113.Modern US troop equipmentBY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
114.IDF equipment set 1BY GOFFY MODEL ENGLISH
115.Muzeum Broni Pancernej CSWL w PoznaniuBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
116.Dodge WC-51 monographBY ROSSAGRAPH ENGLISH
117.M270 MLRS PE Update (for DML 3523 kit)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
118.Pzkpfw.IV Ausf.G PE Update (for DML 9020 kit)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
119.Hetzer PE Update set (for DML 6030)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
120.Ground Power magazine: Issue 122 (July 2004)BY GROUNDPOWER MAGAZINE ENGLISH
121.KingTiger (Porsche Turret) PE Update (for DML6189)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
122.M2A2 ODS PE Update (for Tamiya 35264)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
123.Spanish 'BRUNETE' Division decals for Leopard 2A4BY ECHELON ENGLISH
124.Challenger 2 MBT in Iraq decalsBY BISON DECALS ENGLISH
125.Challenger 2 in Op.Telic decals (2)BY BISON DECALS ENGLISH
126.Warrior ISV / ICV Op.Telic decalsBY BISON DECALS ENGLISH
127.WW2 German Clamps and ClaspsBY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
128.Lifting hooks (for Pz.Kpfw.III)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
129.Lifting hooks (for Pz.Kpfw.V Panther)BY VOYAGER MODEL ENGLISH
130.OIF US Marines M1A1 Abrams (PART 2) decalsBY ECHELON ENGLISH
131.Challenger 1 Mk.3 in IFOR, KFOR Operations decalsBY ECHELON ENGLISH
132.JGSDF Iraq Humanitarian Assistance Team figuresBY TAMIYA ENGLISH
133.WW2 German Army Zeltbahn TentBY OLUJ D-TAILS ENGLISH
134.WW2 German propaganda posters in SerbiaBY OLUJ D-TAILS ENGLISH
135.Multi-Tool (small & large) - PE rolling toolBY MISSION MODELS ENGLISH
136.Humvee Wheels, Aggressive pattern with new rimsBY BLAST MODELS ENGLISH
137.Humvee late type weapons ring & other details setBY BLAST MODELS ENGLISH
138.OIF Hummer Accessories (for Tamiya kit)BY BLAST MODELS ENGLISH
139.Armored doors for OIF Hummer (for Tamiya kit)BY BLAST MODELS ENGLISH
140.US Marines Iraq No.1 - FigureBY BLAST MODELS ENGLISH
141.Op.Iraqi Freedom USMC M1A1HA Abrams decalsBY ECHELON ENGLISH
142.British MBT Challenger 2 (Desertised)BY TAMIYA ENGLISH
143.Challenger 2 Photo-etched parts setBY TAMIYA ENGLISH
144.JGSDF Light Armored VehicleBY TAMIYA ENGLISH
145.U.S. AAVP7A1 w/EAAKBY MINI HOBBY MODELS ENGLISH
146.U.S. Marine AAVP7A1 w/UGWSBY TAMIYA ENGLISH
147.U.S. & R.O.K. M.C. LVTP-7BY ACADEMY ENGLISH
148.U.S. Marine LVTP7A1BY TAMIYA ENGLISH
149.M49A2C Fuel Tanker TruckBY AFV CLUB ENGLISH
150.20mm Flak ShellsBY MISSION MODELS ENGLISH
151..50 cal Shells with Ammo BeltBY MISSION MODELS ENGLISH
152.Grabhandler toolBY MISSION MODELS ENGLISH

My Awards


Bucket Bonanza Completion Ribbon: This award signifies that this individual completed the Bucket Bonanza with honors (on time).
Operation Incoming: This ribbon signifies that bearer has completed the Incoming Campaign with honor and distinction.
Operation Move It! (2004): This award signifies this member completed the Move It! Campaign Mission with full honors.
Order of the Golden Rivet: Holders of this medal have been recognized by their piers as a 'User of the Month' for outstanding help and contributions to fellow users and the site.
Outstanding Contribution Award: This is an award that Jim occasionally bestows to those users who have contributed greatly to the site in terms of contributions or help with the day-to-day operations of the site.
Project X Award: This award signifies that the user completed the Project X Campaign to build and experimental vehicle (2005).