My Inspirational Model CarMagazine continue
Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:31 AM
I'll start by telling you all my story. early in my model building career I was influenced by a of couple great guys that worked at Pegasus Hobby's in the late 80'to mid 90's , Mike Flynn and Rick Hicks both great builders in there own right and both taught me the ins and outs of building a good contest model. And i had a room full of trophies and a few magazine articles to back up the claims that I was a pretty good builder. Then i had the accident that took away my ability to walk temporarily , so to keep my mind off the pain I decided to build a model to get me back on my feet. So i worked on my new project a 280zx which i was going to enter into the import class at an up coming contest in Ontario CA.
Fast forward to the day of the contest I put my finest work on the table made sure it wasn't dusty and positioned just right. Then I proceeded to gather my walker (yes I was on a walker cause of the broken hip) and made my way around the table to see the other entry's when I ran into the most beautiful Black Toyota Supra I had ever seen (in 1/25th scale that is) the paint was flawless the interior was detailed and clean, the engine compartment had everything but oil stains, There was even a photo book there with the progress of the build all documented. "Who built this?" is what I asked myself. So I was so impressed by this model I quickly removed my entry, then i set out to find the builder of this Great model. The builder turned out to be none other than Steve Keck. Steve was kind enough to answer some questions for me ( I think maybe he felt sorry for this big guy standing behind a walker) But from that moment on I decided I would build to or surpass that standard of building. Thank you Steve and your Tsunami build.
Let me not leave out Dave Smith Dave's builds are incredible and again I have been inspired to build better. Thx Dave there many of you here who are inspiring to me so keep up the good work fellas.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:13 PM
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 12:32 PM
To this day, even though the old magazines were tossed in the trash many, many years ago, I still remember Jim Keeler's "Dodge Fever" dragster, with the operating pistons in the engine. I had never seen such a detailed model before in my entire life! And I still remember some of Hank Borger's many features, including his "Angry Man" Maverick, his yellow Corvette street rod, his version of Oscar Koveleski's McLaren race car, and his "Swirladelic" paint technique.
Although I never really got into model trucks, I also loved reading Phil Jensen's "Tidewater Trucker" column.
Some great modeling memories there... I sure wish I would have saved those magazines!
Posted 13 September 2011 - 01:00 PM
Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:06 PM
<------(Blushing ) Awww thx
I don't have just one...It's guy's like you Rom, and everyone here that makes me try harder, work cleaner ( no glue marks etc...) just to build a really nice model...whatever it is, car, truck, a model figure, this is such a cool hobby! I guess the first real cool model that did get my back into it deeper was Don Fahrni's pink & white 87? T-Bird that I saw in SAE mag. years ago, dont remember the issue number...I've got it stashed around here somewhere!! LOL!! Thanks to everyone and Gregg for such a cool forum!! Sixx
Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:22 PM
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:52 PM
That book, with it's nostalgic look at 60s kits and clear, do-able how-to's was what got me started again. Particularly the section on BMF, which I'd never heard of, intrigued me. Since he provided their address, I ordered a bunch immediately and I've never looked back.
Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:14 AM
Posted 14 September 2011 - 10:35 AM
Its pinned because I wanted to make it a continuation of the magazine article and give everyone the opportunity to add their story.
Nice story, and I even remember being there (Steve and I drove to that show together in fact), but why is this story "Pinned"? Just curious...
Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:28 PM
For me my inspiration hasn't come from particular models but from the modelers themselves. It would be their dedication to accuracy and perfection that has inspired me. They would be Mark Jones and David Morton. Without associating the perpetrator with the crime I know of one that stripped and repainted a hood seven times and the other that stripped and repainted a complete car 21 (that's twenty-one) times. Now that's dedication!
Posted 14 September 2011 - 01:32 PM
Posted 14 September 2011 - 07:24 PM
The people who can scratchbuild an entire (or close) model, like Art Anderson is doing with his 1904 Knox, is an inspiration. The Knox is a wonderful piece of building.
People like Charlie Rowley, who builds beautiful trucks and Doug Estabrook, who just builds a nice, clean, accurate build that looks good on the table.
And I find many of the people here an inspiration- those like Virgil Suarez, Romell, Mike Newport and Chuck Most for their commitment to excellence and creativity.
Posted 15 September 2011 - 01:19 AM
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Posted 15 September 2011 - 06:51 AM
Much of my inspiration comes from Romell, Tyrone Price, Wayne Stevens Jr., Brett, and Rob (Thumper86). As most of you know, I'm real big into drag racing.
Even though I don't build as much as I used to, I'm getting more into the detailing part of it.
I also forgot to mention something. My dad built a bunch of models when he was a kid. Before I was born, he built the AMT USA 1 monster truck. Yup, I ended up breaking that. Maybe for his birthday I should build him one eh?
So, thanks to all that have inspired me, and all the admins and mods of the forum!!!
Posted 15 September 2011 - 02:28 PM
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Posted 16 September 2011 - 04:41 AM
It’s the chassis from Olive Sans’ masterful replica in 1/10 scale of a Maserati Birdcage.
But scratch-building a Birdcage was hardly what I was about to do after so long! (Indeed, I doubt I'll ever build something like this...) So I began to wander the web and discovered a “new golden age” was emerging from what had become a far smaller hobby than when I was building, although one that was producing models to a much higher standard and with a far larger palate of techniques and approaches than in the original Golden Age.
Obviously, many of the great modern builders who work in the contemporary high-detail style who show their stuff on the MCM boards and in the magazines were among my influences as I wandered around the web so I won’t mention them again now. It’s inevitable that if they haven’t been mentioned here already, they will in due course I will just say Thanx! for being here and inspiriting me.
But I will mention one MCM-er in particular because he has mentored me as I develop my skills and has become a great friend – Raul Perez. Raul has had a bit of a builder’s block of late, but when I first “came back” Raul was quite prolific and was creating a wonderful series of contemporary street rod style cars that really showed me what could be done in plastic. He had posted a Revell Merc and I sent him a PM appreciating it. His support since has been invaluable. He has introduced me to many fine modelers and shown me their work by taking me to their homes and inviting me each year to stay at his house while we attend the NNL West (speaking of prolific, a shout out to that great auto modeling generalist Curt Raitz).
Outside the world of MCM there are some builders who are big influences and who, for whatever reason, don’t seem to show up here, so I’ll mention them now. One is Steve Boutte, very well known for his superb Traditional style customs and the simplicity and purity of his style. He has a web site that I discovered as I was starting up and was a strong initial influence. His work really defined for me the great change that had occurred over the years. (See http://www.sbkustoms.com/ ). Steve has begun showing his work again recently, and as a result has returned as an influence in my work.
Another great modeler of Traditional Hot Rods is an Australian name Bryce Michelmore who resides primarily on the TRaK board (see http://trakinscale.p...s.com/index.cgi? – and an extra-special Thanx to Bob Black, proprietor and creator of this marvelous site). Like Boutte, Michelmore has a relatively pure and simple style, but the harder you look at his models the better they look, and almost no other modeler I know captures the essence of the classic customs and hot rods of the postwar era through the early 60’s as well as Bryce. He is certainly one of my current inspirations.
A builder who has quite a reputation, and deservedly so, but whose work isn’t shown much is the great modeler of classic drag cars, Roger “Riceman” Lee. His models epitomize the style espoused by the hard-core crew at StraightLine Modeler (see http://www.straightlinemodeler.org/ ) and probably is as close was we get to Conti and Sans in the hot rod and drag racer vein. A great, great scratch builder working largely in brass, the Riceman’s work inspires me every day, even though I work in plastic and probably will never machine a part or solder a joint. Here is an example of his style: http://www.bigyohns....S-H-model.shtml . (BTW, speaking of brass, how can we not mention Jerry Cardinal? Raul introduced me to Jerry and the opportunity to see his work “in the metal” helped me understand what can be achieved.)
There are many, many other builders who inspire me as I move along through my builds. As I said before, lots of them are very well known and frequently participate here at MCM, but I feel I should mention a couple who might not get referred to, even though they are frequent contributors to the proceedings on the MCM board, For me they are real inspirations because of their abilities and the special character of their works. One is Dave Zinn (DoubleD). His work has a unique texture and patina that makes his models look especially “real” to me. I’ve never been able to determine how much of it is due to his obvious skill and the fine detail of his interiors and engine compartments, and how much of it is due to the unique flatness of natural light in his outdoor photographs of his models. More than anything it’s the “look” of his builds that inspires me. Dave's subject matter is ever-changing but never disappoints!
The other is Shane Gans (fuelcoupe), a superb scratch builder of traditional drag cars, working primarily in styrene. Shane too often refers to himself as a “mere hack” when compared to others here, but we all know nothing could be further from the truth. His focused and disciplined approach inspires many of us here both for the excellence of his technique and the wonderful subjects he comes up with.
The trouble with this discussion is that for all of us our list will change at any moment. So I’ll close by saying Thanx! to each and every one of you for being here, for showing and sharing, and for inspiring me at every turn. Sooner or later you all Make My List.
Edited by Bernard Kron, 16 September 2011 - 06:38 AM.