Styrene Athlete

Never was much of a sportsman. Played some soccer when I was a kid. Well, I was the goalie most of the time, so other than getting my knees dirty when I “dove” for the ball or leaning against one of the goal posts, there was not much activity taking place to grow some muscles. […]

Optivizor Blues

I’ve been a modeler almost all of my life. I tinkered with some other stuff over time but always fell back to my first love of entertainment, gluing plastic together. Some might subdue a yawn and shout, “boring!” However, I have to disagree. Building models is quite exciting and, yes, educational. But I digress… I […]

The return of the Silver Saucer!

  If you’ve read my previous blog about the Haunebu II, you have a pretty good idea of what it was all about back then, when Germany desperately was looking for a way out and leave it all behind. The interesting topic however but what if it would have happened? Scary thought but it also […]

Mother

My Mother was a kind gentle woman. A homemaker. She was the youngest of 10 children and had to grow up between two world wars when the pickings were slim and this with 8 brothers! Never had proper schooling or education. She barely got married to my dad and got a job in a cookie […]

Land Of Hope & Glory!

After 22 Years I Finally Became An American Citizen

On Thursday last week, I had the privilege of finally becoming a U.S. Citizen. It felt great! After a journey of more than 22 years, I’m proud to call myself not only a naturalized resident of this wonderful nation but, foremost, an American! The path to this accomplishment has not always been easy. I can tell […]

Reach for the Black Sun!

Building and painting Squadron Models HAUNEBU II kit

Recently, I finished my first “Sci-Fi” project ever. Squadron’s own Haunebu II kit. I never was a big fan of Science Fiction. Never warmed up on the idea of building a spacecraft, although I have to admit that as a kid in the sixties, I was a devoted groupie of the Apollo missions. Ever since, […]

Nighttime Nemesis

Building HobbyBoss' P-61 Black Widow - Customer Build & Guest Post by Rick Cockrum

I recently shared with Jef at Squadron workbench my build of the BIG 1/32 scale Hobby boss  P-61B Black Widow. At over 740 pieces, this was the most ambitious project I have ever attempted. And without question, this big bird challenged my skills. Still, colorful language used during the month and a half project, and […]