Hi everyone! Welcome to probably the strangest
section of this site. Here you can find out a little more
about me: the owner and proprietor of this fine institution.
Well, I guess the appropriate thing to say is: the guy with
too much free time who loves Star Wars and having fun on the
Let me start off with a little information
about me. First off, my real name is Bob. I graduated college with a degree in Graphic
and Information Design from Central Connecticut University.
The graphics and layout of this site were all done when I
was still in school and reflect some of the training I received
early on. I have a wife whose name is Jen. We've known each
other since we were kids. You can see her below in the pics
of us. She shares my love of Star Wars, goofing around and
basically everything else.
| The Beginning
got into Star Wars when I first saw the Special Editions in
theaters. My mom took me to see them and I walked out of each
one with a splitting headache and loving every second of it.
When Episode One came out, my love really took off. Jen and
I walked out of the theatre absolutely amazed. A lot of people
don't like Episode One, and although I agree it is no Empire,
it is still Star Wars. Jen and I have developed a true passion
for Star Wars and we appreciate all aspects of the universe
that we all wish wasn't so far away.
model building aspect has always been sort of buried in me
and it really surfaced after Episode One. When I was a kid,
I built some cars, planes etc but never anything serious.
I basically did what just about every little boy does at some
point and enjoyed slapping together some snap-tites. When
I got older and started to enjoy Star Wars, I saw the models
from the movies and the two interests clicked.
||My first model was the Speeder
Bike. I did a pretty terrible job, but I enjoyed the experience.
Slowly but surely I branched out until I had a whole bunch of
them. I never really took it too seriously, I was just having
fun. I had no experience, no reference and no tools. All I had
were some old half-dried Pactra paints, a pair of scissors and
some of the multi-colored plastic brushes that you can get anywhere.
Obviously this did not help anything.
|Once I started to get more serious, I started
to buy some better tools and was able to improve the quality
of my builds. I actually got an X-ACTO blade, better paints,
sandpaper and more essential tools. Eventually I moved up to
a Dremel and an airbrush setup. These really helped me have
fun and make some pretty good models. My philosophy on building
has always been to not stress out over everything and just build
a model how I like to and put it up on the shelf and see what
it looks like with the rest of them. This is obvious to anyone
who looks closely at my buildups. I make no claims at superior
quality on my personal builds in the Gallery.
I just like to make them. There are some unbelievably talented
people out there that I wish I could be like. I just genuinely
enjoy Star Wars and making parts of it.
||The Next Level
When I got my very first job offer to make a model for someone,
I was perplexed. I knew that I couldn't build it the same way
I normally did. My first professional build for a customer involved
more time and more precision work than dozens of my own models
combined. When I sat back and looked at the finished piece,
I was very proud. I had made a really nice kit that my customer
would enjoy. The models in the Building
Service page are ones that I really dedicate myself to for
people who come to me for help.
|Building for my customers opened up a new
perspective for me on my own model building. I felt like I should
try to make my own models like this. This leaves me at my current
stage of Star Wars model building. I don't always just slap
my own kits together and put them up on the shelf. I now genuinely
enjoy Star Wars and making parts of it; but to a higher level
of detail and accuracy. If you want to know approximately when
I built a kit, just look at the quality of the build. If you
almost throw up, it was made a long time ago. If you cringe,
it was made maybe a little while ago. If you smile a little
then I made it pretty recently. If you stare open-mouthed and
drooling....then you're looking at another web site or at a
picture of my girlfriend. lol
Ok, enough philosophy about model building. Here's the skinny;
the low-down; the 411; the abridged version of who I am. I am
just a young guy who loves Star Wars, building models, having
fun, joking around and talking to people about my interests.
I've met tons of awesome people through discussion forums and
e-mail because of this hobby and yet I've never met a single
one of them in person. This is the best hobby on the planet.
I really hope you enjoy this site and if you need anything at
all, please don't hesitate to e-mail me.
And don't forget to laugh at the funny pictures dispersed throughout
the site. You never know when they might show-up. ;)
I would like to extend a
sincere thank you to the following people for contributing information
to this site:
Jason Sheldon of Endless
John Lester of Starship
and Arild Wiro Anfinnsen for his Slave 1 3D model at www.secondreality.ch
I apologize if I forgot anyone. I thank you all for your help! :)
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