This site is dedicated to the hobby of model miniatures. Model builders attempt to capture real life or imaginary subjects in miniature form. These subjects can be military vehicles, armor, aircraft, sci-fi vehicles, figures, race cars or what ever captures your imagination.
These miniatures are constructed most commonly of plastic, but resin is quickly entering the market especially by the "limited run" manufacturers. However, wood, paper and metal are also available to the modeler who so desires. Subjects range in the hundreds if not thousands with more being added every month.
Modeling miniatures is relaxing, develops fine motor skills, allows customization and imagination and gives the modeler a sense of accomplishment in a project that may take a couple of hours to many months to accomplish.
Many modelers are history buffs as well through the research that is needed to make an accurate miniature. Accuracy is dependent on the individual modeler with some builders preferring to build "out of the box" (OOB) which is using only the pieces that come with the kit. Others use after-market products to add to what they receive in the kit. Many long time modelers eventually go into "scratch-building", which is creating pieces from "scratch". This allows the modeler basically unlimited creation possibilities as he is not bound by what is available to him "on the shelf".
Like most modelers, I built models as a child using glue only. No paint, no accuracy considerations, just buy the box and put it together. I still remember a nice sense of accomplishment when the last piece was cemented in place. About a year and a half ago I was thinking of a hobby to start. I had been building scale railroads and that hobby was now limited by space and time due to the addition of two children to the family.
I was in Houston, TX visiting customers when I decided to drop into Hobby Island. What I saw astounded me. Gone were the kid's toys of my youth and in its place were highly detailed, accurate miniature recreations of just about anything with wheels, tracks, propellers or wings. I was officially hooked. I purchased 2 kits that day, a few figures and some diorama supplies with an idea starting to materialize of what I wanted to build. The Kettenkraftad shown on these pages was my first model I had built since I was a child.
I have built many miniatures since then with my skills developing ever since. I have a pretty nice model stash, a large paint collection and a new airbrush to play with. I would say I consider myself a moderately skilled builder. Some of the things I see being built on websites and at contests still amaze me in the skill these men and women possess.
I hope you enjoy the miniatures you see here and maybe learn a little bit of history as well. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I would be happy to discuss my hobby with you !