Archive for the 'Wonderfest 2009' Category

09
Dec
10

Douglas E. Graves, deg3D, artist extraordinair, and welcome to the blogroll

It was brought to my attention that somehow my buddy Deg was not in the blogroll anymore… Something mysterious happened and his listing was gone… (most likely it was old-man memory failure on my part and I didn’t load it correctly in the beginning). So in announcement of Deg entering the blogroll today we celebrate with a little history and some artwork by the master Douglas E. Graves, or better known to us as DEG!  Way back in March of ’09 the Eavesdropping blog started up and one of the first friends I met was a guy named Deg. Within a month we had become good friends and were working together on “myouterspace.com” In May we met in person at Wonderfest in Kentucky, which is now our annual get-n together place. If you have never seen Deg’s work, get ready to be blown away!!! He is one awesome talent and his fingers and imagination weave unbelievable tapestries of fantastic scenes and spacecraft galore!

Born and raised with his brother Greg in a small rural town in Illinois, Deg and his bro were poor farm children who had no cash and no toys to play with. With grand imaginations the two invented things to do like using heads of cabbage as a ball to play with, or laying in the fields and rolling out of the way (Indiana Jones style) as the ripper blades of the tractors would get dangerously close. Deg lost an eye in a BB-gun accident and Greg donated one of his so Deg could see again in 3D. They are close brothers and rarely ever part except when Deg goes home to be with his wife and yard-squirrels. Deg lost two fingers in Nam and with bionic replacements he can calculate, model, and tickle the ivorys of his keypad at 60MPH. Love and a secret passion for Country ‘n’ Western music landed him a duo with Patsy Kline at one of her last performances in Nashville. Deg also served as personal liaison and coffee-boy to Chuck Yeager when he was stationed in Dayton, Ohio.

Deg’s father hit oil one sunny afternoon in the early 70′s and with his fortune he bought his boy his first computer. It was a Radioshack TRS 80 with cassette memory, and from that day forward Deg’s future was set. One of his first jobs was to create the animated Col. Sanders for the new KFC commercials, as well as the lead designer of the Snuggle Bear from Snuggles fabric softener. Athletically inclined, Deg did a short stint at playing professional soccer, but a run-in with the world famous Pelé snapped his left leg backwards at the knee that resulted in amputation and leg replacement. Ever full of spirit, this event didn’t get Deg down and in the following winter, brothers Greg and Deg went hiking in the Rocky Mountains. The two left the trail and got lost in a blizzard and were considered dead after two weeks of intensive searching by state and local sheriff’s officers. The two emerged miraculously from the mountains in the spring and in good shape, both physically and mentally. When interviewed, the two told their story and shared that the secret to their survival was with great thanks from watching Nanook of the North as children.  They learned to make an igloo from ice and snow, and for food they had to resort to cannibalism so they would both eat off of Greg’s frozen haunch and thigh, but ever so sparingly. From there, with his parent’s fortune and the personal fame from the mountain adventure, the world was wide open, so Deg started working as a stock-boy at a local grocery store, while Greg got plastic surgery for his half-eaten leg.

A few years later Deg met his future wife at a lumberjack festival where his bride-to-be won the blue ribbon in the 50 yard axe toss. They were soon wed and now live quietly in the outskirts of Chicago. Deg’s 3D work really took off, enabling him to work from home while his wife brought in the $$$ working as a nurse and part-time at the lumber mill. Greg went on and created a restaurant chain called Steak ‘n’ Shake that is popular in the mid-states and is now branching out to Las Vegas. Today life is good for both men and the sun does set with whistling cowboy tunes each and everyday. On a personal note; Deg’s a family man, a patriot, a man of faith, and a good friend. It is with great honor to put Deg on the blogroll today, so everyone be sure to go and see his name and website address smack dab in the middle of the roll. Below are some fav pieces from the Degster, so have a look and enjoy!!!

the USS Probert

from TOS, the F-104 in the E shuttlebay

Deg's modified TOS Enterprise

and my all time fav piece in the world, the F-104 and the Enterprise

29
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

20
May
09

more from wonderfest and the air force museum

here are some more fun images from the show!!!

x-3

x-3

 

The XB-70 towers over everything in the hanger

The XB-70 towers over everything in the hanger

Cultman's booth has just about everything you could want!!!

Cultman's booth has just about everything you could want!!!

 

a couple of prize kits from cultman's table

a couple of prize kits from cultman's table

polar Lights is back in action and rereleasing some of their classics plus have some awesome new stuff coming for the next show

polar Lights is back in action and rereleasing some of their classics plus have some awesome new stuff coming for the next show, in the bottom left is the world famous Kitbasher Girl!!! There will be a big post on her coming here soon!!

 

here is a very nice Jupiter II cut-away from the model contest

here is a very nice Jupiter II cut-away from the model contest

loads of awesome model entries here, even one of Drex's little Vulcan ship

loads of awesome model entries here, even one of Drex's little Vulcan ship

 

nice robot model, with an exceptional paint job!!!

nice robot model, with an exceptional paint job!!!

 

a very nice concept model based on Joe Johnston's Empire Strikes back design

a very nice concept model based on Joe Johnston's Empire Strikes back design

woooo-hoooooo an eagle on the pad!!!

woooo-hoooooo an eagle on the pad!!!

19
May
09

I’m back from kentucky!!!

Yeager himself flew this baby!!

Yeager himself flew this baby!!

the last of the rocket planes

the last of the rocket planes

the X-10, my fav of the X planes

the X-10, my fav of the X planes

WOW!!! the X-5

WOW!!! the X-5

the lethal X-3 stiletto

the lethal X-3 stiletto

Well I just got back from Kentucky and have had my fill of fried chicken and sweet tea!!! Really need to hit the gym now!!! Wonderfest was a great as always and the show reached record attendance, and model entries in the great modeler contest counting into the 500’s, I Got a lot  of laughs when I read the comments to my “end of the blog” prank and especially liked being cussed out in bad Chinese!! HAAAA! Sorry for the scare but couldn’t pass up a good joke!!! Went to the Air force flight museum in Dayton on the first day there, and saw so many incredible planes and rockets!! This museum was so amazing and have to go back for more next year,,,,, got lots of pics from both the museum and the convention, and  I’ll put up a few everyday this week..   Met a lot of great folks and venders that make some awesome model and figure collectibles. I’ll start posting those as well with links to the venders that had everything for those looking for that hard to find kits. Deg and his brother Greg hung out with My friend Nelson and I over the weekend and had a lot of good fun, food and laughs!!  Just to much fun.  So with that said I have to get to work but here are some treats from the show. Enjoy,  and happy Tuesday

this was THE most beautiful model of the X-15 I have ever seen.  Superb painting and modeling skills seen here!!!

this was THE most beautiful model of the X-15 I have ever seen. Superb painting and modeling skills seen here!!!

this was a huge extremely detailed model over at the Martin Bower table

this was a huge extremely detailed model over at the Martin Bower table

a way cool entry in the show!!!

a way cool entry in the show!!!

Frank holds one of the ST creations at his booth..

Frank holds one of the ST creations at his booth..

here are a couple of beautiful orion kits from the Starship modeler booth.

here are a couple of beautiful orion kits from the Starship modeler booth.

the some from the ST shuttle series

some from the ST shuttle series

here are some of the entries from the SCI-FI/Mecha table

here are some of the entries from the SCI-FI/Mecha table

some beautiful busts kits from the dealer room

some beautiful busts kits from the dealer room

awesome model kits from Yeager's First Contact armada

awesome model kits from Yeager's First Contact armada

this was an unbelievable entry!!! the ship floated freely above the base via a brilliant magnetic set up. Quite impressive amount of engineering.

this was an unbelievable entry!!! the ship floated freely above the base via a brilliant magnetic set up. Quite impressive amount of engineering.

the Hawk from Space 1999

the Hawk from Space 1999

this is Robert on the left and the other Robert is on the right, These guys had a great vender booth set up and is called AMP or Avery Model products. these guys put out some awesome kits and have a beautiful Star destroyer in the works!!!

this is Robert on the left and the other Robert is on the right, These guys had a great vender booth set up and is called AMP or Arvey Model Products. these guys put out some awesome kits and have a beautiful Star destroyer in the works!!!




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