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May
09

It’s April Welles, better known by her fans as KITBASH GIRL!!!


Wonderfest is chalk full of talent, and the Garage kit world revolves around Louisville Kentucky!! one of the great highlights and biggest challenges is to be one one of the model judges for the great model contest. Steve Iverson (the Cultman) as well as Terry Web, Nelson Broskey, and a host of other incredible folks all come together to go thru all the entries and pull out the top guns in each category. We all get  a table to judge and I remember two years ago when I was teaming up with Broskey to judge our table and looking over at the one next to ours, there were these awesome kit-bashed Trek models. later found out that they were all created by the infamous Kitbash girl. Before the show ended I got to meet the one and only and it was a real treat to chat with her for a few minutes…. From that day on I was a big fan of her hers. 2009 Wonderfest was a couple of weeks ago  and April had a flurry of new creations to see including the hillbilly/red neck lightsaber which was constructed from a paper towel tube wrapped in foil and had a ring of matches glued around the outer rim,,,  Once ignighted you and your Billy-Bob opponent could battle Star Wars style in the swamp for a couple of minutes until the entire saber catches fire! Totally hilarious piece,,  The Bluesman (Justin Miller) and Kitbash girl, AKA (April Welles) are buds and we had a good time chatting, as well as I got my picture with The mighty KBG,  WOOO-WEEEE  the fan boy  got an awesome new picture for my office wall!!! HAAA!  As usual she won some Major Awards for her sleek Trekkie-esc concoctions. Aprils’s got the gift of laying down some mean Bondo and putty fillers and can really throw some cool design’s together from just about anything!!! April was born in Fargo ND, in 1968, (which is the registry # of one of her kits), and as a young girl was hit with the old parental block of “Girls shouldn’t make models”,,,,,,, So glad she didn’t listen,,, She was Always on the move for most of her life until a few years back. She now calls Portland Oregon home and creates her model magic in her studio there at the house. April wrote an awfully fine Bio about herself for me and I’ll share her story in segments with all you blog readers in the posts to follow!  Her tale is one of great inspiration I have to say. with that said here are some of April’s Creations!!! If any of you have tried to make any of the Star trek models kits you know the nightmare and pain it takes to put one together, especially with those impossible to line up window sections that go along the saucer rims!!! Oh the Pain,,The PAIN!!! I Gotta hand it to you KBG you made all that torture pay off!!  

Here are April’s own words from her bio describing some of her work:

I have many favorite builds. One of them is a 1/72 NuBSG Cylon Raider. 
He was built up according to the instructions. However, I created a backstory that he had defected to the Colonials. I painted him up with a Light Gray body and Colonial Red stripes, as well as Cylon kill markings. His name is ‘David’.

Another favorite is the kitbash of the 1/1000 Baton Rouge-class resin kit using Polar Lights 1/1000 nacelles and calling it the USSRepublic.

Another is the kitbash of the old Monogram Battlestar kit, making it into the destroyer Hawkwind for my own Battlestar Fleet (part of a fan fiction I’m working on).
And, of course, my TOS BSG Viper with Napoleonic Violet stripes. Done up for my character Captain Ishtar ‘Lady Killer’ Dolyn.

My first kitbash (after not building for 15 years) was the ST ship USS B’Tain, built using the old 1/1600 3-ship set. It was built using the Saucer and nacelles of the Enterprise, and the Secondary Hull of the Klingon ship.
I built that ship again for a friend using the Polar Lights 1/1000 scale kits. This time lit and called the USS Scorpion

I think one build I am pretty proud of is my 1/1400 Enterprise-E. I didn’t kitbash that particular one, however, I tried to add the missing weaponry from the original kit. That model won 1st Place and Best in Category at a IPMS show a few years ago.

I think one of the most special kitbashes I have built was the FSS Athena (Yes. FSS. The Federated Empire of Matriarchs starship. A parallel universe I created).
I built it in memory of my deceased girlfriend. She meant a very great deal to me, and that was the only way I could release a lot of my pain.
It also was featured in the Starship Modeler Calendar in 2006. A great honor for me. The first time a build of mine ended up in print.

I have also built a number of models on commission for people over the years. The vast majority of them Star Trek. Though I have built a few others including the resin WoTW diorama kit from Monsters in Motion.

I currently build from my studio in my home. So not too much travel occurs.

Namaste.

Also a big thanks goes to the Bluesman for getting me all the info and images!! you rock DUDE!!!

 

she's a retro cool new wave model make-n banshee who pack some pretty heavy heat!!!!

she's a retro cool new wave model make-n, banshee who pack's some pretty heavy heat!!!!

the scorpion

the scorpion

scorpion top

scorpion top

 

the independence

the independence

the Republic

the Republic

republic profile

republic profile

Enterprise

Enterprise

 

bismark

bismark

Pike's Enterprise

Pike's Enterprise

 

 the Victory

the Victory

and the McCashin

and the McCashin

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47 Responses to “It’s April Welles, better known by her fans as KITBASH GIRL!!!”


  1. 1 emperorkalan
    May 29, 2009 at 3:37 am

    Hmmm. The Republic is a Baton Rouge class from the 1980 Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology (and a Rick Sternbach design). The Independence looks to be a Tritium-class from that same book (and another Rick design), minus the third nacelle.

    • 2 L.M. Oliver
      May 29, 2009 at 10:21 am

      The Tritium Class is a kit I mastered several years ago. Ms Welles has omitted the third nacelle for a definitely sleeker look. Nice job! And I’m chuffed to see a bit of my work appear (vicariously) on Mr. Eaves’ blog.

  2. 4 the bluesman
    May 29, 2009 at 3:57 am

    John

    April is very talented and a great modeler.

    I have to make a correction though as the McCashin is not her work, still a cool model though.

  3. May 29, 2009 at 4:19 am

    April rawks!

    Anyone who can model like that, and look like that, AND owns a DeLorean…

    Tri-Fecta!!

  4. May 29, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Sweet looking kit~bashes, Lady!

    Thanks for posting these, John!

    ~ Ti

  5. 9 Mark A-C
    May 29, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Great post John. :)
    Great to see more of April’s work, it is always nice to see her models on the Starship Modeller website, when they get posted I show my 9 year-old daughter and say “see, girls and women do build models too!” ;) But that’s fine, as she likes to build the odd model with her Dad anyway, and even if they are not perfect, we have fun creating together.

    Mark

  6. May 29, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Great posting John. April is a talented modeller who deserves accolades.

    It’s also great to see what she did with the leftover Baton Rouge castings I sent her!

    • 12 johneaves
      May 29, 2009 at 8:10 am

      yeah she’s great!!!! I met some other great modelers at the show as well and hope to do the same with their kits!!

  7. 13 DeanneM
    May 29, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Nice models! This is how I’d like to be remembered, too…if I made great kitbashes!! :)

    April, I like your creative flair and wish you the best in your future model endeavors. I also look forward to the rest of the KBG series. You’ve found a fan in a great guy, John Eaves, there. :)

    • 14 johneaves
      May 29, 2009 at 8:08 am

      what’s stopping you young lady!!! go to the hobby bench, or hobby lobby,and snag some kits and glue, and some of your fake fingernails and start bashing,,, I’ll post it up here when your done and then we’ll have Desert D-Day

  8. May 29, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Hi April,

    April is one of the few ladies in the hobby that are talented builders. Well done April!

    Regards,

    Scott

  9. 17 Pat Amaral
    May 29, 2009 at 7:16 am

    I’ve been a fan of April’s work for years. Congrats on the continued great stuff, April! And thanks for posting this, John. What a cool way to showcase a special lady’s modeling talent!

  10. 19 Freak
    May 29, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I heard the name Kitbash girl from people on some site but never seen the work.
    John thanks for showing Mate.

    April, your work totally ROCKS! do you have a webpaper where you show off all your work?

  11. May 29, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Way to go, April! You’re making all of us over at Starship Modeler proud!

  12. 23 Lou
    May 29, 2009 at 8:34 am

    One of the things I look forward to at Wonderfest is checking in with April and seeing what she’s come up with.

    A Unique Talent

    Kudos

  13. 25 the bluesman
    May 29, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Dea

    You’re more than welcome to join us at http://www.starshipmodeler.com

    Lots of great models, and if you need advice or tips on builds there are plenty of fourms and resources to check out…or jsut psot a question and the good folks there will be glad to help.

    And you gotta come to WF next year. It’s a great time with some great people.

    • 26 DeanneM
      May 29, 2009 at 9:56 am

      Thanks, Bluesman. I have actually checked out the site on your previous recommendation, and it looks like a fun place to hang out. Time is the reason I haven’t signed up and grabbed the bull by the horns, but I plan to.

      Between full time job, full time school and trying to fit in some practice time on CG modeling, it’s tough! Last night I had a chance to sit down with some cold pizza, a glass of wine and a Diamondbacks game on TV, which I haven’t gotten to do so much this season. :)

      I didn’t forget that you said to mention that you sent me. You’ll see me there soon!

    • 29 johneaves
      May 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks again Mr. Blues for everything and always posting and passing cool things on to everyone!! your quite the Gentleman!

  14. May 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I remember seeing the Republic design in Star Trek Spaceflight Chronology as the USS Moscow, I’ve always liked that design, I think it also stated in that book that it was the first ship with transporter technology, or it was when they wrote the book !! :)

  15. 33 the bluesman
    May 29, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Dea

    I hear ya. I did the full time work and school thing in Atlanta. I know what it’s like.

    Builds character though.

    I’m gonna shoot April and email and see if I can get her to chime in here.

  16. 36 the bluesman
    May 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Dea..

    Oh, another funny girl.

    I wouldn’t try to shoot April…she’s a good friend and have you seen that Taurus she’s packing?

    I just emailed her (without shooting) and asked her to come on over and set a spell.

    John,

    Glad to help.

  17. May 29, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    April is one of the best and also is most kind with sharing her secrets and tips. I’ve always appreciated that.

  18. 40 Kitbash Girl
    May 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Hello all!
    Thank you very much for your kind comments.
    And thank you, John, for posting this blog.
    I kinda don’t know what to say. You all have wonderful talents, and hearing your kind words fills my heart.

    John, I had a wonderful time speaking with you both times. But especially this year, because I was able to hang out with you some more (thank you for the autograph). It was wonderful, and I had a blast. I look forward to talking with you some more. I enjoyed showing you my builds at WF this year as well.

    I do not know what other pictures John has (or if he wants to show some more builds of mine), but I could send a few more. For example the ‘Nemesis’ E, and the FSS Athena. I could also try and get you the ‘Redneck/Norda Khotan Lightsabre’, unless someone has a better picture that includes the display base (made from a shoebox lid, a color copy of wood taped to it, and a color print of a “brass” display plaque, that was gloss coated to shine. LOL).
    I had fun building that.

    Being that this is John’s blog, I’ll leave it up to him. ;)

    Thank you all.

    Namaste,
    April

    • 41 johneaves
      May 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

      Hey April!!!! So glad you stopped by and it has been a real treat to spotlight you and your work today…. Send me what ever you like and we’ll have a floating, What’s new from your bench insert post whenever you have something to share!!! I retouched your prints a bit as far as exposure and sharpness was concerned so they would be more punchy when the were posted,,,, I snuck in some shadows too on your Pike Enterprise. Yeah you have a had a flow of compliments and all are well deserved. Thanks for sharing with us all.

      We love ya!!!

    • 42 DeanneM
      May 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks for sharing your *very* cool stuff. We really are a friendly lot of gits here!

  19. 43 Scott
    May 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I really like these designs, they have real appeal to them. And in a funny way the “McCashin” sort of makes me think of it as a Steamrunner contemporary.

    BTW, I feel guilty in posting this here, John. But since I can’t find your E-mail address, I thought this would be a good a time than ever to get your input of my own “design”.

    Was hoping Cryptic would use this for their Consitution-reborn design, but they opted for something home built. :(

    • 44 DeanneM
      May 29, 2009 at 6:18 pm

      Scott, I just wanted to let you know, if you aren’t aware, that John usually doesn’t get to check in on the blog on the weekends. He’s already out so you might want to ask on Monday. :)

  20. May 29, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Hi John,
    Thanks for spotlighting April’s work. She is very creative. And seeing her USS Republic live at Wonderfest was a real treat.

    Thank you again,
    ~D.

  21. 47 Matt Boardman
    May 29, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Well, late to the scene as usual! April, you have a true talent! John’s been great about exposing us all to such wonderful talent! Consider yourself with another fan! Can’t wait to see more of your stuff! Keep it rockin’!


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