David Lee Bio

LAMS Club Member
Name: David Lee

City: Glendale, CA.

Year joined LAMS club: 2010.

Favorite Subjects: Classic and Current Automobile Design and Architecture.

How I got interested in building models: My father

First model I ever built: Aurora 1/32nd 1965 Plymouth Barracuda.

Method of painting I prefer: Spray Can and hand-brush detailing.

Most challenging model kit I ever built: My Current Build: building a 1/25th scale replica of a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere patrol car from the Adam-12 TV show pilot. It required kit bashing two model car kits to convert a 2-door sport coupe into a 4-door patrol sedan, including grafting a sedan roof from a donor body, scribing additional door cut lines, adding door handles, period correct V8 engine, modified interior parts, bench seats, fabricating period-correct radio, siren, light consoles, and hot sheet desk. Fabricated new roof “can” lights and external siren horn.

The finished model kit I am most proud of: Revell’s Audi R8

The worst project I ever did: Fabricating a hardtop conversion for a Revell of Germany Ferrari F50 Barchetta, only to discover the finished model had poor wheel alignment due to a warped chassis…arghhh! I was so deep into it that I chalked it up to experience and finished the model, at least the roof turned out nice.

Since joining the LAMS Club I have learned “how to” or “improved”: I’ve been more daring with regards to pushing a model kit project beyond what is in the box, exploring exclusive versions, adding more details, making custom parts, and currently kit-bashing to create unique replicas.

Name something you would like to build or model that you’ve never attempted: Dioramas and weathering.

Did you ever destroy a model? If so, how did you do it? Yes, mostly for donor parts for a new project. Disassembly usually involved some cutters, a saw blade, and hobby knive…not always in that order! Eventually, unused parts are returned to a zipbag and labeled.

Every modeler purchases more kits than they can build. How many kits are in the garage, closet, or storage waiting to be built? Umm, that number is probably close to 50 kits.

What is the one kit that you’ve searched for that you still can’t find? I’ve found most discontinued kits at model kit swap meets or on consignment.

What is the best part of the club for you? The sense of community and support from fellow modelers, sharing my work with others, and being inspired by other completed model projects.