The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

This one is going to be long and picture heavy. I used to be an avid modeller, it’s how I met my wife (she was working at the hobby shop where I hung my models). I built models up until the point where we started to have kids and after that there really wasn’t time or money to keep going with it. I also realized at that time that as serious as I was about building the kits, I wasn’t as serious or as skilled as the majority of builders I was meeting. Could I have pushed myself to gain those skills? Sure, but I was just starting out my writing career and working a pretty intense day job while learning my trade as a TIG welder. Something had to give and as you can guess, it was the building of models.

This of course has never detracted from my love of all things miniature, which I hope has come across in these pictures. A little about the technical aspect of these shots. I had to shoot at ISO 2000. The light in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is good but it’s high and overhead. I never use a flash for macro work and like an idiot had left my fill light at home, though whether or not I’d have used it is up for debate. I was using a Sigma 10-20mm f4:5.6 but in order to fight some of my DOF issues, I set the lens to f7. Most of my exposures were between 1/15 and 1/60 depending on my zoom.

One of my favorite things about the Canon platforms is Canon’s noise suppression at high ISO settings, though as I get on a bit I’m starting to introduce more noise into my images to gain ‘tooth’. For the landscape stuff I still prefer to shoot low ISO with the camera mounted on a tripod and add the noise (if I want) in post with the DXo Film look software.

These shots are manipulated very little. I’ve merely corrected some contrast, color and exposure issues from the original RAW images.

I hope you enjoy them.

This cross section of the flagship HMS Victory was not in competition and I believe it was heading for a museum. The mast on top extended to its full height, this was an impressive piece.

This modeller does wonderful detail work and seems to have a thing for Bathyscaphes.

I love anything to do with the Arrow but ultimately, these dioramas make me deeply angry at the lost opportunity of what Canadian Aerospace could have been if Diefenbaker wasn’t such an idiot.

Again, note the modeller’s attention to the small details in this nice representation of an Aermachi Floatplane. Though that tail gun really looks like an engineer’s afterthought.

The kid who built this is 16. Way more skill than I ever had at that age.

A Model of the X-RV from the film ‘Marooned’ which was directed by my best friend’s Dad John Sturgess.

I believe this is out of Starblazers.

A really nice Snow Speeder.

Slave One – Front

And back, with lit engines.

A cool ship from a terrible movie


I hope you’ve enjoyed these and as always, I’ll be looking forward to next year’s show.

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