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since 1 Oct 1999
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If there's one thing I've learned about this hobby over the years, it's that there's more to "scale modeling" than just plastic parts and glue. To me, it's all about trying to faithfully re-create your subject in a miniature form, as accurately as you can, and hopefully learning something about it in the process.
My Dad bought me my first model kit when I was a young lad in the early 60's and I have been building models, more or less, ever since. I wish I could remember what that first kit was a model of, but it was probably a box scale Aurora kit, as I remember building a lot of those when I was a kid.
Growing up, I tried my hand at all kinds of modeling subjects. I have listed a few of the old kits for you that I remember best. You can click on some of them to see box art pictures that I have found (mostly on ebay). I had a lot of fun walking down memory lane finding these pictures.The hobby shop (and its owner!) where I bought most of those old kits opened in 1962 and is still going strong today after 40 years of business!
- TV Shows: AMT's Star Trek Enterprise and Klingon Battle Cruiser; Aurora's Addams Family house, the men from UNCLE - Illya Kuryakin and Napoleon Solo and their car, the Seaview from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the robot from Lost in Space, the 1928 Porter from My Mother the Car and the Thunderbirds TB-1 & 2.
- Space: Revell's 1/96 Saturn V (it was about as tall as I was), 1/24 Gemini space capsule & 1/110 "Friendship 7" Mercury/Atlas with a launch pad and tower; an Apollo lunar landing set and a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
- Ships: Aurora's German U-boat, USS Saratoga, the WWII battleships Yamato, Bismarck, Graf Spee, Hood and Prince of Wales, Revell's 1/150 USS United States & 1/72 PT-109 and the US Navy's hydrofoil Tucumcari.
- Aircraft & Armour: Aurora's CF-100, a US Navy F4D Skyray, a set of three B-17's from 12 o'clock High, two Revell 1/72 B-17F's, a 1/24 Spitfire by MPC, a 1/32 "see-thru" phantom P-51D Mustang from Monogram, a P-47 Thunderbolt and a C-130 Hercules. For tanks, there was an Aurora 1/48 Patton tank.
During my college years I found that I had much better things to do with my spare time (and money) than building models. When I returned to the hobby a few years later, storage space and frequent moves became the limiting factor to what I could build, so I started a collection of 1/72 WWII AFV that were mostly of the Deutsches Afrikakorps. I must have had 50 or more vehicles in the collection at its peak.
Over the many years since, I have dabbled in HO scale model railroading and wooden plank-on-frame kits of 18th & 19th century sailing ships. It was for model railroading that I bought my first airbrush, started using photo-etch detailing and began to scratch build when there were no kits available of what I wanted. As is usually the case after scratch building something, it usually wasn't long before it was produced in kit form by one of the big manufacturers!
Currently, I mostly build "small scale" kits for myself (storage space again) like 1/144 aircraft, 1/72 armoured fighting vehicles, 1/700 submarines then I display them in stackable clear acrylic 1/24-1/25 model car display cases. I have even entered some of my work in local IPMS and Internet contests and have won a few of those coloured ribbons and certificates to display next to my models.
During the last several years, I have often been commissioned to build models for people who, for whatever reasons, cannot build a scale replica for themselves. This is a great way to keep the modeling skills sharp and gives me the chance to build a wide variety of kits I wouldn't normally purchase for myself. The finished models are often used as gifts to special people who have some sort of relationship with the life-sized versions. The links at the top of the page are arranged to allow you to visit my galleries where you will find pictures and descriptions of some of the models that I have built for people over the past few years. My latest creation will always be found on My Latest Project page. If you like what you see, and find yourself needing something similar, visit My Build Service page to learn about my model building service where you can tell me what you need and I'll send you back an estimated cost. If you are an aircraft modeller, visit my Decals page where you will see some of the custom artwork I have made for my models.
If you are interested in Canadian Air Force history, visit my Roundel Print page where you can purchase copies of my four prints that show a collection of 44 aircraft roundels from 1914 to the present day that Canadian airmen (and women) have used. Each roundel image is labeled with name, years of service and a brief description.
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