Name: David Whitford
City: Not far from Mickey Mouse’s west coast residence (Anaheim)
Year joined LAMS club: From the beginning (2000)
Favorite Subjects: Figures, figures, submarines, cars, tanks, aircraft, trains and….did I mention Figures?
How I got interested in building models: I inherited the love of building models from my dad. He built mostly cars and planes. More recently, with the popularity of resin kits, I began to do more modifying and conversions. This has led to sculpting and fabricating figures and parts from scratch. Friends that were sculpting and fabricating figures before me were very encouraging and helpful.
First model I ever built: I don’t remember for sure, but I believe it was either a 1:32 scale 1958 Corvette or a F-80 Jet.
Method of painting I prefer: Have airbrush will travel.
Most challenging model kit I ever built: Probably the scratch-built Pirates of the Caribbean scene. There was quite a variety of parts that had to be created and then painted.
The finished model kit I am most proud of: Like others have said, hopefully the most recent project (…but The Carhop is a special one)
The worst project I ever did: It’s hard to pinpoint one, but there were more than a few poorly cast resin kits that I have dealt with in the past. They usually involve seemingly endless putty work and sanding.
Since joining the LAMS Club I have learned “how to” or “improved”: I have picked up information on painting (mostly related to cars) and many scenery techniques.
Name something you would like to build or model that you’ve never attempted: A sailing ship (…there is a pirate one that I would like to build)
Did you ever destroy a model? If so, how did you do it? There were a few and as I recall pyrotechnics were involved.
Have you entered any competitions? Yes
If yes, which ones? SCAHMS, IPMS, Mad Model Party, Monsterpalooza, Chicago MMSI Show and World EXPO 2005
Received any Awards or Recognition? Yes; recognized as a SCAHMS Master
Every modeler purchases more kits than they can build. How many kits are in the garage, closet, or storage waiting to be built? Like most modelers many more than I should, but it’s good to have a reserve.
What is the one kit that you’ve searched for that you still can’t find? A good model of Professor Fate’s Hannibal 8 from the movie “The Great Race” I actually have found a 1:64 scale white metal version of the car (very rough) and there is a website that show a 1:18 scale model that is suppose to be in development.
What is the best part of the club for you? I’d say the coffee and donuts…or the people. There is quite a diverse collection of characters.