Well…where to begin…

I guess we’ll start with me.  I’m a 30 year-old steelworker.  I have five kids, 2 human and 3 furry, which can make my workspace a bit dirty.

I’ve been modeling, off and on, since I was about 10 years old.  I grew up on Revell-Monogram kits and learned most of my early techniques by studying FineScale Modeler.  I read and re-read the first few issues that I bought so many times that they fell apart.  The first real “technique” I learned was how to drybrush.  I can remember being so proud of myself while working on the Revell Gunther Prien U-boat cutaway and seeing the slight bit of silver paint on the edges of the black motors.

Today I still learn a lot of techniques from magazines, though today there are a lot more than FineScale.  Youtube has also made it so easy to find out how to do anything.

So why make a blog?  That’s a pretty good question.  I’ve learned so many different things from so many different places and I want this to be a place for people to come and learn.  I don’t know everything there is to know about modeling, but if I can help one person to build better, than that makes me happy.  This is also a place where people can follow along in my journey to become a better builder.

With that said, I hope you find something here that you like.  I’ll try to keep everything updated as often as I can.  And thank you for reading.  I hope we can enjoy this journey together.


3 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, I have read much of your blog and seen some of your work on SMCG and must say you do excellent work. I have been away from the hobby for 10 long years and so much has changed in the way ideas are exchanged. Back then, FSM & ARC were two vibrant communities for scale modelers to go and enjoy like company. My name is Chris Salter on SMCG, and saltydog on the forums that I visit now. BTW, I was wondering if you tried the salt fading method on your own, or did you find the technique somewhere else. The reason I ask is I did the same technique on an SBD-3 in 2005 with some pretty good results. I adapted the idea from the FSM magazine in using salt for chipping paint. I posted it to ARC and everybody had a fit over the weathering job. They begged me to do a technique article and so I did. Either way, your F-18’s look really good using the salt and different shades of ghost grey. Anyway, good to “meet” you Mr. Nicely.


    • Thanks for the kind words, Chris. I’ve seen salt used different ways, in different places, and for the most part just decided to try it on my Rhino to see how things turned out. Looking back, I’d like to have a different look with it, and if I do another one I may try some different techniques with the salt.


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