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Occupation: Biologist
Interests: Photography, reading, snorkeling, hiking...
Username: spongya

  



About spongya
I am a biologist by trade, and as a hobby I've been building scale models for the last twenty years. Recently I started to write reviews of the models I bought. These reviews are written from the point of view of an average model builder; hence the focus is on quality of the model, how easy it is to build it, how enjoyable the build is, rather than the absolute historical accuracy. (Although that too is important.) I write these reviews because it's a good way to share an interesting, lesser known model with the larger community, and it's a good practice in writing.

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My Feature Articles

1.Macro photography of scale modelsPHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHICS ENGLISH
2.Muckleburgh Military CollectionARMOR/AFV ENGLISH
3.Transporting and Storing Your ModelsARMOR/AFV ENGLISH
4.Landkreuzer P1000 RatteTANKS ENGLISH
5.The Bolyai Model Competition and ExhibitionARMOR/AFV ENGLISH

My Reviews

1.M1A2 SEP BY FLYHAWK MODEL ENGLISH
2.T-80UE MTBBY MODELCOLLECT ENGLISH
3.E-75 with interioBY MODELCOLLECT ENGLISH
4.T-55 mod 1963 interiorBY MINIART ENGLISH
5.Bundeswehr crewBY MINIART ENGLISH
6.Panzerfaust setBY MINIART ENGLISH
7.T-60 w T-30 turretBY MINIART ENGLISH
8.VK 72.01[K]BY ARMORY ENGLISH
9.T-60 light tankBY MINIART ENGLISH
10.E100 missile tankBY MODELCOLLECT ENGLISH
11.Artel W Miniatures: InquisitorBY ENGLISH
12.1S91 SURN radarBY W-MODEL ENGLISH
13.AMX-40BY OKB GRIGOROV ENGLISH
14.Russian crew at rest BY MINIART ENGLISH
15.German Machine-gunsBY MINIART ENGLISH
16.Hanomag RL-20BY PLUS MODEL ENGLISH
17.T-54-3 (mod 1951)BY MINIART ENGLISH
18.Pnz IV ausf. H.BY ZVEZDA ENGLISH
19.Railway trackBY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
20.Railway Track PlusBY MINIART ENGLISH
21.German SaloonBY MINIART ENGLISH
22.BergepantherBY MILICAST MODELS ENGLISH
23.Pz.Kpfw. II LuchsBY ARMORY ENGLISH
24.AMX CDCBY SHARKIT ENGLISH
25.Railroad Poles and LampsBY MINIART ENGLISH
26.CafeBY MINIART ENGLISH
27.Jagdpanzer SU-85 (r) BY MINIART ENGLISH
28.T-54-2 no interior BY MINIART ENGLISH
29.T-54-1 Mod. 1947BY MINIART ENGLISH
30.T-54-1 interiorBY MINIART ENGLISH
31.Railway tractBY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
32.Wine BottlesBY MINIART ENGLISH
33.Household Crockery & Glass SetBY MINIART ENGLISH
34.Rotten Plague RhinoBY GRIM SKULL MINIATURES ENGLISH
35.Glaeser Steyr CabrioBY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
36.Object 279BY OKB GRIGOROV ENGLISH
37.Bat-Chat 25tBY OKB GRIGOROV ENGLISH
38.Luchs with addon armorBY MACO PLASTIC MODELS ENGLISH
39.German Vehicle FittingsBY DAN TAYLOR MODELWORKS ENGLISH
40.LuchsBY MACO PLASTIC MODELS ENGLISH
41.Champagne and Cognac BottlesBY MINIART ENGLISH
42.German Sitting CiviliansBY MINIART ENGLISH
43.US Soldiers at RestBY MINIART ENGLISH
44.T54E1 tracksBY OKB GRIGOROV ENGLISH
45.T-34 Wafer-Type TracksBY MINIART ENGLISH
46.Telegraph PolesBY MINIART ENGLISH
47.Railway Track PlusBY MINIART ENGLISH
48.SU-122 buildBY MINIART ENGLISH
49.Luchs with addon armorBY FLYHAWK MODEL ENGLISH
50.C4-32 muleBY PLUS MODEL ENGLISH
51.SU-85 mid productionBY MINIART ENGLISH
52.SU-122 early productionBY MINIART ENGLISH
53.German Tank Crew refuellingBY MILICAST MODELS ENGLISH
54.M56 Scorpion BY OKB GRIGOROV ENGLISH
55.T-44MBY MINIART ENGLISH
56.Armata T-14 tracks and wheelsBY OKB GRIGOROV ENGLISH
57.SU-122BY MINIART ENGLISH
58.Wheels for M113BY OKB GRIGOROV ENGLISH
59.T29 Heavy Tank model BY CROMWELL MODELS ENGLISH
60.T-44 Build ReviewBY MINIART ENGLISH
61.ARL-44BY CROMWELL MODELS ENGLISH
62.Pz. Kpfw II Ausf L LuchsBY FLYHAWK MODEL ENGLISH
63.T-44 TankBY MINIART ENGLISH
64.US Armoured BulldozerBY MINIART ENGLISH
65.1K17 Szhatie BY TRUMPETER ENGLISH
66.MS-1/T-18BY ARMORY ENGLISH
67.Pz.Kpfw. I. Ausf. F.BY FLYHAWK MODEL ENGLISH
68.VK.18.01BY FLYHAWK MODEL ENGLISH
69.Churchill Gun CarrierBY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
70.T-72BBY ARMORY ENGLISH
71.VK 16.01 – Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf J BY FLYHAWK MODEL ENGLISH
72.44m Tas Heavy TankBY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
73.Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm BY CMK ENGLISH
74.Pz.Kpfw.VII BY ARMORY ENGLISH
75.Sd.Kfz.251/17 BY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
76.SU100YBY OSTMODELS ENGLISH
77.Sd.Kfz.251/20 UHU ConversionBY CMK ENGLISH
78.MAZ 537G Late VersionBY ARMADA HOBBY ENGLISH
79.Pz.Kpfw.I TracksBY ARMORY ENGLISH
80.Sd.Kfz.251/21 “Drilling”BY CMK ENGLISH
81.Sd.Kfz. 251 Ausf A/B BY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
82.35M Light Tank CV-33BY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
83.40M and 41M Turan BY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
84.KV-5BY OSTMODELS ENGLISH
85.39.M CsabaBY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
86.10.5cm ls FH auf GeschutzwagenBY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
87.M26 Super PershingBY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
88.Sd.Kfz.251/23 conversionBY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
89.Toldi I & II BY HUNOR PRODUCT ENGLISH
90.2cm “Schwebelafette”BY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
91.Sd.Kfz 251D/R-35 conversion BY MODELLTRANS MODELLBAU ENGLISH
92.Grab Handles and PE HingesBY GRIFFON MODEL ENGLISH

My Awards


1/48 Scale Campaign Ribbon: This award signifies that the bearer has successfully completed the 1/48 Scale Campaign on Armorama which lasted from September 2010 to February 2011.
150-Award:
500+ Campaign Award: The award is granted to everyone registered to the campaign that successfully finishes it (build is completed in time and an image is uploaded to the campaign gallery).
Achtung Jabo! Campaign Ribbon: This ribbon signifies that this user completed the Achtung Jabo! Campaing
Armored Car Campaign Award: This award is given to all those who bravely complete the Armored Car Campaign
ARTY UP JOB WELL DON: This award signifies this person completed the Arty Up Campaign
Best of British Campaign Ribbon:
Blitzkrieg 3: Italy: This award signifies this person completed the
Braille Battlefield Award: This award signifies the person that receives it has completed the requirements of the Braille Battlefield Campaign. The symbolism of the award is that the 'BB' is not only an acronym for the campaign name but also a small weapon projectile; thereby small scale. The arrows represent unit movement as might appear on a military map.
Build A Tool: Award for those who completed the Build a tool campaign.
Cold War Campaign Award: This award signifies this person completed the Cold War Campaign
Crouching Armor, Puffing Dragon Award: This award is given to the fiery souls who completed the Trial by Fire by building a flamethrowing vehicle. Made them burn we did!
Figures of 40K: This award signifies a successfu  completion of the Figures of 40K campaign held on Historicus Forma between 1 August and 31 October 2007.
get the job done:
get the job done:
Greatest Ever Modern Tank Award: Upon completion of this campaign, you will be decorated with Armorama's Greatest Ever Award. This award is given to the selected few that has shown dedication and effort in completing a campaign that is dedicated to the greatest ever tanks that are in active duty today.
Guardian Angle: This ribbon signifies the user completed the Guardian Angle helicopter group build.
Heart of Gold:
Hot out of the Molds I ribbon:
Killer KVs: This award signifies this person completed the Killer KVs Campaign
KV campaign pt. 2: All those who finish the campaign within the rules and regs will receive this award. Only one award per person will be given.
Meow Campaign: Iron cross 2nd class ribbon with a black cat on the center red section
Minimize ribbon: The minimize ribbon is awarded to those who successfully completed the minimize campaign.
Of Wheels and Tracks Award:
Over The Top award ribbon: Award blue black white and gold bands
Panzer IV Award:
Purple Heart Award: Upon completion of this campaign, you will be decorated with Armorama's Purple Heart Award. This award is given to the selected few that has shown dedication and effort in completing a campaign that is dedicated to soldiers of past and present who have sustained injuries of all sorts and lived to tell about it.
Red Star Award:
Resin Award:
Rockets and Missiles - 2006: This award is presented the brave 11 individuals who successfully completed the 2006 Rockets and Missiles Campaign.
Russian Big and Beefy Campaign: This award signifies this person completed the 2006 Russian
Self Propelled Indirect Fire Campaign Ribbon: This ribbon denotes the successful completion of model for the Self Propelled Indirect Fire Campaign.
Stalin's Armor - Any Scale OK:
Targets Shoot Back: This award signifies this person completed the
The Anything that I Wanted For a Change Ribbon: This recipient built just what they wanted to...
Tiger Specialist: This medal will be awarded when you complete the Tiger Tank Campaign
TV & Movie MIssion: This award signifies this person completed the
Under New Management:
What The Flak? Campaign Ribbon:
Wheels Participant Award: This award signifies participation in the Wheels and Tires Campaign
White Eagle Campaign Ribbon: This award will be awarded to those who succesfully complete this  (The White Eagle) Campaign
Winner of the vote for Vietnam ribbon:
Workhorses Campaign:
World Of Tanks Award:
WoT Award:
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