The Rough Draft

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

Heritagecon was last weekend and as has been the case with everything for me this year, I’m a bit behind posting stuff up. The model builders convention is held at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton and has grown significantly over the years. Enough to the point that people were commenting on it this year.

The con is broken down into a large vendor section and the model competition itself. The competition is all ages broken down into categories of type and age.  More than a few of these modellers have moved past the hobby stage into art in miniature. I must admit, I’d love to be able to photograph some of these works in a more controlled environment than the chaotic space between the tables. So if any of the guys who were displaying their work at the show see this and would like to do that, drop me a line.


I just so happened that the first table I stopped at was the SciFi and Fantasy display. I thought this airship from the Anime, “Last Exile,” was really well done.

I’ve always enjoyed the Science Fiction based models and wish there were more of them around when I was making models. Of course, I could have learned how to scratch build but I’ve never really had that level of patience.

The Space 1999 Attack Eagle, was a stunning build also.


As was this Spinner from Blade Runner. LED lights have also done lots to bring a level of reality to any build.


I’ll admit, I had a hard time finding a lens I was happy to shoot with. I switched between my work horse 17-70mm, my 10-20mm and even my 40mm. Light was an issue and I ended up shooting fairly high ISO which with Cannon’s noise suppression isn’t that big a deal and I’ll admit, I’m not that fussed about noise in my images these days as I like a bit of tooth.

0P8A87680P8A88160P8A8820 And while the above looks like it’s out of a Steam Punk extravaganza is actually a design by Clement Ader called L’Eole and is steam powered. He managed to get it eight inches off the ground for 165 feet but couldn’t sustain flight as he had little if any control over the craft.


Lastly we have the rocket ship from, “When Worlds Collide.”

More from the show to come.

Now to update the writing side of things.

Devil’s Gambit continues to show steady sales in the UK store, which is a nice surprise after being in print for over two years now. The sequel Devil’s Ante is sitting with my editor and he’s working diligently to make it the best it can be. I’ll be sending it to my Beta readers in the next month and a half or so.

Devil’s Gambit – The Audio book is almost all in the can and we hope to have the audio side of things locked up in the next few weeks. Apparently when you write a book over 120,000 words long, it’s takes some time to record it. Edward James Beesley, the man, the voice, the master, has done a bang up job on my book. So good, I’ve already booked him for the sequel Devil’s Ante. Now that I have a company in the US to do my audio work. I’ll be pushing hard into that arena with everything I have. While, self publishing your own audiobook isn’t exactly cheap, I think it’s money well spent in the long run and it gives you access to a whole new series of readers.

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