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This seams to be like a little confessional LOL. But here is my modeling story.

 

Back around 1972 or so I was in the local "FedMart" when I noticed a 32nd scale Revell P-40 with a big Ole shark mouth on it. WOW I thought, how cool. So I grabbed it and headed off to find mom. Well she took one look and said no, if it has to be glued together then no. She was a neat freak and living in a trailer with space limitations to work put the kabosh on that. But I persisted, she gave me anohter excuse that i was to young, well in 72 I was in 2nd grade and so all I need was a little help, then i got the "Those are for big kids" story. Well after a few more trips to the store she finally relented. Man I was amazed at all the parts but the decal sheet is what really stood out with that big ole shark mouth. Well as I said I need some help, now living in an old folks trailer park in the 70's and having a dad that wasn't interested in helping realy limited my options but there was a guy a few trailers down that has a little art studio/shed behind his tralier where he painted and he also had a small guage train set "Man that thing was cool too" . So off I went to show "Floyd" my new plane and asked for help. Well he helped allright, he had it built overnight and had the decals applied over the bare plastic. I was bummed becasue I wanted in on the action but he too thought I was to young. Who would ever thin 8 nwas to young to build models? Anyway my modeling building had to be put on hold for a few years untill we moved. Seam like a Double wide traielr makes all the differnace in room to build models LOL plus I was 2 years older so I tried again and low and behold mom gave in althought she didn't like the idea of having to dust these things so that became my job. Well from that time on it was game on, the first model I built was a Monogram 72nd P-61 Black Widow complete in Testor glossy metalic Saphire Blue and when it came to the decals I cut them out and glued them on. I couldn't understand why i had to put them in water to get them to stick. Man what goes on in the mind of a 10 year old LOL. After that thought i was haing a blast building, not really getting that much better but building , then came my first contest where I placed 3rd in Jr ships in 1978 with a USS Arizona complete in glossy colors or red and black for the hull, Glossy wood for the deck and what else Glossy black for 3/4 of the main gun barrel lenght because I thought it looked cool. Mom was pretty proud of me and when out and had a nice case made for it with a wood base and acrylic suround. Thats when the competiton bug hit. I wans';t allwoed to play sport since I "Might" get hurt so my outlet was building for the annual model show at the mall. The next year I went fulled loaded and didn't take home a thing, man I was bummed but thats when the first big break came. I talked to the judge, I'll never forget his name "Mike Northrop" and he gave me the lecture. He told me if I really wanted to get serious then I needed to do a few things since I was fast approching the age where I would be in the Adult catagories. So thats when I got my first airbrush and classes to boot.

Ok fast forward a couple of years to my 18th B-day when I got the message from my mom, "I changed your diapers, it's time you took care of me!" WOW ok so off to work I went and thus the modleing building came to a halt for anohter 5 or so years. After that time I had managed to get some college in while working for a local ambulance company whikle trying to get hired by the Phoenix Fire department. Well it all worked out and here I am 22 years later with some disposable cash and a cloet full of models to show for it. In the 22 year period of time I found out about IPMS from the stor manager at a local hobby shop who himself was a very accomplished builder. In 1988 he told me about some contest out in San Diego that he was going to called the IPMS National convention. So I flew out on Saturday morning and by 2/3 that afternoon I had found it. Well I was very surprised to find out that it was winding down and the end was near but I had a great time viewing some models with 2 sticking out in my mind. One being a 72nd F-15 Ealge that was all opened up and it had a title of "Divinity in it's purest form" and anohter built by the same modeler of a 72nd F-18 that he gave the same treatment. I was absoluty floored by what I saw there and thats when the modeleing reactor was put online for me.

The gentelmen who told me to try and make it out for the show was a guy by the name of Stan Whitney who I havn't sean in years but I was very glad he got to see one of my models that placed in the 98 nats. I was very proud of it and I;m gald that one of my mentors got to see it before he left modeling.He philosophy in and about modeling was try and recreate the real thing in miniture or as he used to say, "Take the real thing, put it in a shrinking machine and hit the button".

So that brings me to today where I can say I have been able/fortunate enought to attend all the Nationals since that show in 98. I have been a national judge ever since and that more then any one thing has improved my building. In 07 at the LA Nats I recieved my 10 gold judging pin which I'm kinda proud of. I was a little involved in the Natioanl convention in 2004 since our local chpater out it on and this past year I have been able to have a more involved roll with the planning of the 2010 show again hosted by our local chapter as I will be assisting the Contest Chairman. I must say that I love the National contest and convention, it's like being a kid at Christmas and I really feel bummed when it all comes to an end on Saturday evening. To me Aris's words ever year at the judges meeting of it being OUR "World Series" ring true for me and it's been that was ever since I recieved that little white 3rd place ribbon for that glossy painted USS Arizona.

 

 

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Jim Clark #33452

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All these years, all the travels, and we've never exchanged back stories. That's an interesting story there, dude. Now, get to work, lackey.

 

Steve

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All these years, all the travels, and we've never exchanged back stories. That's an interesting story there, dude. Now, get to work, lackey.

 

Steve

 

Yes my Master "We need the worship smily here"

Jim

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Great info Jim - thanks for sharing!

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