Space Shuttle Endevour

A Day at the California Science Center On January 6, 2013 I spent the day at the California Science Center in downtown LA as abelated birthday gift.The point of the trip was to see the Cleopatra exhibit, and the spaceshuttle Endeavour (Orbiter Vehicle OV105).I couldn’t get photos of the Cleopatraexhibit, but here are the photos… Continue Reading

Duane Pfister Memorial by Hal Sanford

Long-time modeler Duane Pfister passed away in his sleep in May, 2010. He was given a military funeral. Although diabetes prevented him from traveling to his beloved model contests during his final years, he had already created memories for many with decades of his unique models, informative magazine articles, and an impressive mountain of awards… Continue Reading

How to Repair or Avoid Simple Modeling Mistakes

How to repair or avoid simple modeling mistakes Simple modeling mistakes happen to all of us. Most can be repaired. Even more can be avoided (more on that later). It’s been said (tongue-in-cheek) that award-winning modelers don’t make fewer mistakes than others, they just know how to cover them up better. So let’s fix some… Continue Reading

Type 95 Ha-Go Pelileu 1944

This piece was inspired by the color illustration in Concord’s Tank Battles of the Pacific War between 1941 and 1945.  Trying to find vehicles that vary the standard camouflage colors of the combatants of the war is never easy and this fit the bill perfectly.  A quick search of the Internet found that the island… Continue Reading

Harlan’s Visit

LAMs opened the year with a bang! We were honored to have at our January meeting none other than famed American writer, essayist, and collector of finely painted miniatures Harlan Ellison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlan_Ellison). His periods range from the Ancients to Medieval, though he does have some fine examples of other periods. This is Harlan’s first visit… Continue Reading