Peter Wyss, the founder of Modellbau Wyss has been an avid builder of scale model aircraft for over 30 years. During this time, he not only has built over a thousand models himself, but along the way he has also learnt innumerable techniques that make the final model just that much more special and realistic. As part of our communications with scale model enthusiasts everywhere, Peter will share these special techniques with you on this site on a periodic basis.
At our workshop near Zurich in Switzerland, we produce a wide variety of vintage scale models. Some you see in the collections featured. They range from the military jets of the Cold War era to the classic passenger aircraft of the world’s airlines. In fact, almost any aircraft.
We have participated in many exhibitions and industry events. We have built scale model aircraft for museums and have sold a number of models through the world-renowned jewelry stores on Zurich’s famous Bahnhofstrasse shopping street.
We are fanatic about quality and details. Our scale models are meticulously crafted. In most cases we are able to use a kit as a base and can develop the model to an advanced level of sophistication from there. Occasionally, where there is no kit available, we must work from a similar version and customize the model, making some parts from scratch. That is the case with the 1:48 scale DC-2. Since no kit is available, we start with a 1:48 scale DC-3 kit and modify it extensively (about 80%) to the correct DC-2 specs. A similar problem arises with a 1:72 scale DC-7.
On most of our models, we provide a high level of detail. Pilots have facial features and cockpit instruments are hand painted. The model fuselage and wings themselves undergo multiple paint jobs, each requiring careful masking between coats. For example, on a USAF B-58 Hustler, we start with a coat of black, then silver followed by a coat of aluminum paint. Finally, the body is sprayed with chrome. This process is carried out to enhance the depth of color of the model. If desired, even individual rivets can be spot painted. Engines are carefully assembled and painted according to the paint scheme of the original aircraft. When requested, these engines can be powered by miniature electric motors for further realism. Lights can also be installed inside and outside the aircraft replicating the original aircraft’s lighting systems.
If you think of a scale model that you would like, just ask us. We would love to build the perfect model for you.