model mostly aircraft of the World
War II era, but also like World War
I aircraft, the early jets of the
Korean War and the Cold War era from
both the NATO and Warsaw Pact blocs.
I'd also like to try my hand at some
How long have you been interested in
modeling? How did you start?
I've been modeling since I was a boy
of seven. I took a hiatus during
college and a few years afterward,
then started again in earnest around
How long a member of Wings and
believe I joined the club in 1999,
and have been a member ever since.
Who in the
hobby world has influenced you and
There are so many people, I can't
begin to name them! But I think my
biggest influence has been members
of Wings and Wheels.... they really
helped me improve my modeling
What is your favorite historical
period and why?
would have to say the two world
wars, the Korean War, and Vietnam.
There is just so much material
available that is written about the
periods, and I just find the subject
matter fascinating, because the
conflicts had so much influence on
our world of today.
Anything written by the great modern
thriller writers, such as Tom
Clancy, Jack Higgins, Clive Cussler,
All the Star Wars movies and the
Lord of the Rings trilogy.
What is your next project?
Two Migs, the Mig-15 and Mig-21, the
former in North Korean markings, and
the latter in Syrian markings.
What do you enjoy most and least
about modeling and why?
enjoy looking at my completed work
and getting the satisfaction that I
did a good job on my project. What I
like least is all the tedious chores
that go along with the build,
Besides (possibly!) what you model,
do you collect anything? If so,
what, for how long, and how did you
I collect coins, and have since I
was a boy. I don't do it as often as
when I was young, but I keep an eye
out for older coins, such as from
the beginning of the 20th century
and older, almost exclusively US.
Is there something in modeling you
have always wanted to do but never
I'd really like to build an armor
What type of paints, brushes or
other modeling equipment do you use
use enamels exclusively, mostly from
the Model Master and Floquil range,
because they go on so nicely and I
don't have any masking issues with
them. I also use fine sable haired
brushes for detail work.
What other outside interests do you
have (music, food, auto racing,
enjoy skiing in the winter,
snorkeling in the summer, listening
to jazz, and a really good steak and
Like the man sez:
build what you
want the way you
want it and
above all, have
fun doing it!