City: Huntington Beach, CA
Year joined LAMS Club: I attended a couple of meetings in 2002 but I joined the club in 2003.
Favorite Modeling Subjects: Aircraft
How I got interested in building models: My Dad was a builder, he started my brothers and I out building when we were little kids. I built my first model when I was six years old.
First model I ever built: A Hawk 1/48 Gee Bee racer. White plastic, but I brush painted the red trim. I mostly got the decals inside of the lines that were molded in on the model for placement guides. My mother still has the model, but I ain’t sharing.
Most challenging model kit I ever built: 1/48 Fine Molds D4Y “Judy”
The finished model kit I am most proud of: A 1/72 scale Hasegawa Zero Type 11 (Japanese fighter) – I did some conversion work to back date it to the earliest production model. There are also several areas on the model with extra detailing that was for the most part scratch built.
The worst project I ever did: A 1/48 Gloster Meteor from a horrible old AMT kit.
Since joining the Club I have learned “how to” or “improved”: I think that I have improved my armor building and painting techniques.
Name something you would like to build or model that you’ve never attempted: A sailing ship.
Did you ever destroy a model? Yes; If so, how did you do it? Firecrackers. Is there any other way?
Have you ever entered any competitions? Yes
If yes, which ones? IPMS Nationals, SCAHMS, countless local comps, AMM West Coast shows (this was a predecessor to AMPS), and some irrelevant local show in Pasadena (can’t recall the name).
Received any Awards or Recognition? One or two.
Every modeler purchases more kits than they can build. How many kits are in the garage, closet, or storage waiting to be built? No answer, as it may be used against me in a court of law.
What is the one kit that you’ve searched for that you still can’t find? Revell issued a multi-stage rocket ship in the late 1950s that I would love to have. I have only seen it at collectors shows a couple of times, usually for over $500. Too much to pay for nostalgia.
What is the best part of the club for you? I like the show and tell. I think it’s great to see what everyone is building, plus it can be entertaining! I have picked up a tip or two as well. Plus the social aspect of being able to get together and talk models with a bunch of great people. Can’t do that at work every day.