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Ships by Class/Type: Military Small Craft
For topics on PT boats, landing craft, Vietnam riverine, etc.
Hosted by Todd Michalak
Introduce yourself
Staff Member_ADVISOR
Florida, United States
Joined: October 17, 2003
KitMaker: 15,329 posts
AeroScale: 836 posts
Posted: Friday, July 27, 2007 - 03:05 AM UTC
Holy Moly Batman, that's one hell of a nice looking Chevy.
Auckland, New Zealand
Joined: July 13, 2004
KitMaker: 2,166 posts
AeroScale: 0 posts
Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 10:40 AM UTC
Ahoy Shipmates

I have recently been appointed Host of the "Military Small Craft" forum.

I always love reading peoples introductions and I thought I should let you know a bit more about me.

Here is a picture of me and my “baby”

I am a 44 year old male from Auckland, New Zealand.

I have been married to my lovely wife for 17 years and we have three young boys. My middle son Matthew (call sign Mattyboy) is a member here as well at aged 7. He is also part of my AMPS club the youngest member having built 1/72 Airfix Tiger and Panther tanks.

My other interests include building and driving hot rods and street machines (Chevrolets and GM products). My current ride and most recent build is a 1955 Chevrolet Sedan. My other interests include modern history, gardening, cooking (Italian), rugby, motor racing (drag racing, speedway, A1 Grand Prix), collecting die cast 1/18 Chevrolet cars, surfing, computers, pc and playstation gaming, making homebrew beer , hi fi the list goes on and on. No wonder I have no time for modeling.

My modeling background is I loved all things military from a young age 5 years old onwards. I made models and loved my WW 2 German soldiers and tanks up until around 15 years of age. I discovered girls and cars and stopped modeling after building the 1970’s Tamiya Tiger 1 tank. At that stage I was also extremely frustrated how my skills etc did not match those I saw in modeling magazines of the time. I rediscovered modeling about 9 or so years ago after picking up a Tamiya modeling magazine and I have really been getting into in the last three or so years. However in the last eighteen or so months I have been unable to complete anything but I completed my Dreadnoughts campaign entry a huge psychological achievement. Having a set deadline and Marks (Gunny) support and enthusiasm here was the catalyst for success.

This year I have got the 1/700 IJN Isuzu ready for paint and I am going hard out on my Airfix 1/72nd E-Boat. I intend to finish both these this year.

My modeling interests at present include 1/35 WW2 German AFV, figures and vehicles and now more recently U-Boats and E–Boats. I completed my first battleship ever this year and it has reignited my passion for modeling. I also have a few Chevrolet car kits to make.

I am an active member of AMPS here in Auckland, New Zealand. I am the interim moderator for the Kiwi Forum here at Armorama

My modeling philosophy is simple to enjoy it, improve at it and work to achieve the highest possible standard with my models. Mostly just OOTB at this stage. Modern materials (acrylic paint) and an airbrush have helped me on my track to building better models. I am attempting to balance out this goal of improvement to avoid getting to obsessive and compulsive about it all and hence frustrated. I want to avoid developing that frustration that my skills are just not good enough to those in magazines and those posting here. At this stage after listening to the wise counsel of my AMPS members I realize to improve I need to build and complete more kits and the more the better. I work on one kit at a time and do not rush it and the results I want to achieve are I believe slowly coming.

My current occupation is an Application Specialist (no not for the New Zealand SAS or Army) but for a Software Company.

Phew already is anyone still awake?

If you are please feel free to introduce yourself.