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Working with Pastels, a lost art?

I've seemed to notice that throughout the years, when modelers wrote books or even magazine articles, they always struck me as not intended for the people who needed a bit of help or was a newbie, but for other modelers in their level! Sometimes they would use jargon that was unknown to some and never explain their systems fully. I've noticed that has continued onto the Internet.

This is a simple, no frills little technique that may have possibly became lost through all the years of pigments, filters and so on. I just completed a weathering of the locomotive that will go into my Logistics diorama of which I used this technique. I am certainly not putting down anybody's techniques or products, just reminding some of the younger guys that you don't necessarily have to spend a small fortune to weather. When i sold VLS I still had gallon cans full of pigments that we repackaged and sold under the Tech Star labels. I gave them away because I preferred pastel sticks.

You can buy pastel sticks at any art store and I would imagine even places like Michaels. They are relatively cheap, and one stick can last years! I have a wide assortment of colors, and I can't even remember the last time i bought any. It was long before 1999 when my business partner and I went separate ways. I'll write this as though the reader never heard of pastels, so all you old modelers bear with me please!

This is what a pastel stick looks like. This one happens to be olive green. I've used most brands and could never notice any difference. So, buy whatever is the cheapest.

Then I took a piece of thick plywood and cut a piece of sandpaper to roughly the same size and then tape it, face up with tape. I used duct tape. As you can see, It's had years of use!

I'll start with simple rust. There are a lot of products out there that I am sure will work well and if you're satisfied with one, then stay with it. I've tried several over the years and I prefer to do it this way. I take the object to be rusted. in this example, I'll use an old 1/16th scale engine block, exhaust and muffler and some leaf springs.

Then I prepare the pastels by rubbing them back and forth on the sandpaper until there is a pile of the pastel powder. For rust, I use black, burnt sienna and raw umber sticks. Keep the piles separate even though you'll be mixing them on the model being rusted.

After gluing the components together, then paint them with a dark, lusterless, (Flat) paint from a rattle can, air brush orsimply brush it on. After you are finished it won't matter which. I used Testor's flat black here.

Immediately, while still wet, take an old, larger preferred brush with worn out bristles worn very short and collect dome of the Burnt sienna powder and start jabbing it directly onto the wet paint. Here is the brush I used.

Continue picking up more of the burnt sienna powder until the object is fairly well covered. The pastel chalk will absorb the paint and the object will acquire a flat, roughly textured finish very similar to metal that has been left to the elements for some time. It is the texture I prefer with this method as opposed to some of the commercially available products I have tried.

The texture can be varied from extreme as in the photos below, or very subtle on models that you want to simulate newer rust just by the amount of coats you give it.

Then stick it in the black powder and jab here and there as well as the raw umber pastel powder. Continue until you are satisfied with both the color an the texture. Here is an extreme close up so you can see the texture as well as the color. And, yes, this is extreme, something that has been out in the weather for months.

Then blow off any excess powder into a trash can. It is messy stuff and if you're not somewhat careful, will get all over you. It does wash out of clothes! Another shot.

Here are the leaf springs.

And, all three components rusted.

Here is a car prepared for rusting. In this situation, the car had exploded and burned!


And after.

In other applications where intense heat was involved, then the use of white pastel powders come in handy!

I have used this technique on many model applications, such as exhaust manifolds on cars and trucks.

It works great on machinery that is laft outdoors and receives a lot of beating from the weather,

Here on the iron base of a statue, (Used primarily in Asia). The photography didn't capture the rust color very well.

On this dark gray locomotive cabin, a light swirl here and there of black and burnt sienna pastel powders gives it a dirty, used appearance as well as some fine, subtle texture.

I used it as well to blacken the floor to simulate coal dust.

Even the texture and color of this locomotive was created using pastels, except with a super soft and large brush, (Like the one I "Borrowed" from my wife Susan's makeup box). :-) They're great for this. Risky? Sure, but that's part of the adventure! Right? :-)
The technique is a bit different. You begin with spraying the entire locomotive with flat black, I let it "age", but on this, it really isn't necessary. You begin by taking the soft brush and "swirling: the black pastel on an area. Then do the same with the burnt sienna. I was generous with the black, but skimpy with the burnt sienna, otherwise it would look like the burnt out car above. Just slightly here and there until it looks just right. Then I used a rattle can of Testor's lusterless clear. and gave it a light coat just sufficient to seal it. Then move on to another area. Repeat until it is covered and then another very light coat to cover the entire locomotive. You can also use a tiny bit of raw umber as well. First, here is a close up of the actual finish.

Then the finished locomotive from further away.


I have used this method to weather ships.

An old friend of mine, Jim Stephens, (You may remember his models from all the Shep Paine/Kalmbach books), was a master with pastels. This Truck in my museum was completely weathered with pastels only!

A few years ago, in a campaign on this website, I built a 1/8th scale Yellow Ferrari from Pocher and the engine came with no chrome at all, just black plastic. I got this magnesium effect using Humbrol 27003, Polished Steel, by mixing a bit of medium blue pastels in the humbrol paint on a pallet. I brushed the mixture on, being careful with my brush strokes so they would not be visible after polishing. After drying, I polished it to this finish with a soft cloth! I love those Humbrol metallics. I've never seen any product that will simulate metal better!

I have found a thousand uses for pastels and continue to discover new ones all the time. Why not use pigments instead? No doubt you could, but, the pastels cost less, last longer and I believe have a wider variety of colors available. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I always say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it? On another day, I'll talk about "filters"! I believe that if you can get the same results and keep it simple, keep it simple!

Thanks for looking in!


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Laurence Maftei

Laurence Maftei (White Wolf)Laurence

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Laurence was born quite a few years ago, half a century to be precise, in the country of Romania, that is most famous for one of its' provinces, Transylvania, and the pointy toothed creature of the night, Count Dracula. When he was a kid, he got a present from one of his parents' friends, a model kit of a Soviet Union plane, an Ilyushin IL-18, followed shortly by another one, an IL-62. They were made in the Democratic Republic of Germany, came complete with a small brush, paint and glue. That was the beginning of his modeling experience, some 40 years ago.

When he was 34, he decided to move to Australia. Laurence started a new life down under, and, after some turbulent times, in an otherwise peaceful and relaxed country, he met his other half, Anne, in 2007. After moving several times for work, they settled in Adelaide, South Australia. By then, he was building models for fun, not really following any rules or having any sophisticated tools, brushes or paints. All that changed in 2011, when he decided to enter a few models at the oldest running expo in Australia, the South Australian Plastic Model expo. Laurence scored a third place in dioramas with a creation that he says would make any serious modeler laugh. But, everything grew from there, especially from observing other models and then trying to learn and become better.

The very next year, in 2012, they moved to Sydney for his job. They love it there, and the new location has been kind to them. He joined our website later in that same year, 2012, and that turned out to be a fantastic opportunity. On top of meeting some fantastic modelers, there was the learning, step by step and otherwise, and he says the learning hasn't stopped since.

Laurence has participated in many competitions on the Eastern Coast, such as Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, and quite a few regional ones. Awards and trophies began coming his way, articles published in ModelArt Australia magazine, but the most valuable lessons came from learning from mistakes and failures. Learning never stops, coming across something new and exciting happens routinely.

Laurence appreciated the Master’s Forum and felt it was an inspiration.The following are his words:

Thanks Bob L., having my name in the Masters Forum is certainly something very special to me. Also, a big thanks to Bob Britt for all his hard work in making MA happen and keeping it running. You rock mate, keep up the good work.

Last, but not least, a big thank you to everyone on MA. Fantastic work, very inspiring models and, overall, a fantastic bunch of guys all together.

I am proud to Introduce (White Wolf), Laurence Maftei, as a new member of the Master’s Forum.

Bob Letterman


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Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix (Phantom II)


Christian was born in Belgium in 1947, two years after the war. He can still recall his youth seeing buildings in his town riddled with bullet holes and the Sherman tank on display in Bastogne, which was also suffering from multiple punctures .

His first twelve years he lived in the flight path of an Air force base and had daily treats from European jets and an occasional Spitfire.buzzing close by, which helped create his lifetime love for aviation!

Christian was a closet modeler for many years, simply because there was nobody near to share his interest until 1986 when he moved all the way from Belgium to the state of Texas in the USA and there he met his first modeler extraordinaire and shop owner, Chuck Beavil .

From that point on, Chuck and several other talented modelers inspired him to raise his modeling bar to a higher level. That pursuit continues to this day as he discovers new products and techniques and how best to include them in his day to day building.

Access to the Internet has really been helpful, making it possible to learn so much more and continue improving. That includes not only reference photos but the how to articles as well.

Christian has won many awards in competition, but, so far, only one best of show. However, he says he no longer enjoys building for competition. As I have heard so many times in my life, he thinks competitions have much more to do with judges than the reality of what truly is best. I think you’d have a ton of backers on that one Christian!!! He just enjoys trying to reproduce what he sees in a scale that fits his available space, and hopefully, continuing to improve his skills as he goes along.

I am proud to Introduce a new Master’s Forum member, Christian Lacroix, (Phantom II).

Bob Letterman

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Jeffrey Riedesel

Jeffrey Riedesel (Sherman 18) Bio


Jeff was born in San Bernardino California. He didn’t live there long as his parents soon moved to Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb west of Denver, being where he spent most of his life. Before sports, cars and girls came into play, Jeff would spend his summers in a small town in Eastern Colorado with his grandparents. He graduated from Alameda High school, where he had vo-tech training in welding. He spent much of his High School summers at Drag Strips. The Denver area was great for that. He had a number of opportunities to be around professional teams. He learned a lot, and of course, had a blast.

Jeff worked in a number of different jobs in construction, auto body and welding. He found himself working for a Saturn Dealership, and there he started as a basic entry level driver for the business office and worked his way into management of the Service Department. After 14 years, he ended up bouncing between a number of different automotive groups until he moved to Goodland, Kansas. A rural farm community. Then he worked at a prison for just over a year and then began working in Law Enforcement in Sherman County Kansas. He started in an entry level position as a Detention Deputy with the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, then three years with Goodland Police Department and back at Sherman County Sheriff’s Office where he worked as a patrol deputy. He now specializes in any crime that involves physical harm to a person. Jeff is married with two children. His wife is Susan, very supportive of everything he does, his son Corey and daughter Grace. Corey just finished six years in the Navy and are now attending film school at the Colorado school of Art. Jeff’s other true hobby is old cars and trucks.

His modeling began when he was 4 or 5. His Dad would cut the parts off the sprues and he would put the glue on the parts. Then Jeff would then put the parts together and his Dad would do the spray painting. He would bug his Dad to put some model kits together that he got as presents. One day, when he was six, his father told him he could do it alone. That day, after he put down some new paper on the kitchen table, Jeff built an F-4 Phantom II. He’s been building ever since. Around that time Jeff and his Grandfather started an HO scale railroad layout in the basement.

Jeff’s Dad doesn’t really like to build models that much. He says he couldn’t stand all the little parts. His Grandfather always liked seeing everything Jeff built and along the way, he would ask lots of questions about the subject Jeff was modeling. He learned to know about what he was building because of that. After his Grandfather passed away, Jeff’s Dad gave him some of the models he had built when his Dad was a child. They are wonderful keepsakes as they are made of paper, wood and plastic. On weekends growing up, if Jeff was not playing sports he built models. When he earned money, he would spend it at hobby shops. As he grew older, he started to compete at local model shows at the age of twelve. At those first contests Jeff attended, the IPMS chapters did something he had never seen before. The chapter would set up tables in a rectangle, and there were people demonstrating building models. They would answer Jeff’s questions. That first show made a big impression on him. His first model tank was the Monogram M48 and it came with the Shepard Paine insert. He says his goal then became to be able to build like Shep! I don’t think Jeff was alone in that goal!

At the end his freshman year, a teacher discovered Jeff was dyslexic. He ended up having to take extra classes to learn how live with it. One of the ways they retaught him how to read was with model kit instructions. He was fifteen before he knew there were part numbers on the sprues and instructions. None of that was a negative as it got him into reading history. From that point on, He could finally start giving his Grandfather correct answers to his questions about his model subjects.

In his mid-twenties, he joined a couple of local IPMS chapters in Denver. That’s where he met Tony Englehart who ran AEF Designs. Tony asked if he would work part time on some Saturdays for him. Jeff ended up learning how to make molds for resin casting and the most important part of that experience, was learning how to scratch build. He did some masters for AEF. He would rebuild masters for Tony adding more and improved detail. Jeff did that for fifteen – sixteen years. Tony is the one who pushed him to attend regional and national competitions.

Jeff has kept almost all the models he has built until recently. It helped having them to compare and gauge his improvement. Jeff still has the very first model he ever built by himself, an F4 Phantom with a shark mouth. It still is one of his most prized models to this day. His goal remains to improve with every model he builds. Jeff hopes he can inspire modelers who are less capable, as well as continue to be inspired by those with greater skills. Jeff encourages modelers to get out and go to competitions, meet people and exchange ideas and experiences.

Jeff and I have several things in common, Law Enforcement, white goatees and our fathers started us out at a very young age and we have both known Tony Englehart for many years!

I am proud to introduce Jeff Riedesel , (Sherman 18) as a new member of the Master’s Forum!

Bob Letterman

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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh

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Michael lives in Australia where he began plastic modeling at the age of 12 with the odd 1/72nd scale plane or tank, with his dad in the Royal Australian air force there was never enough time to build up a collection due to moving around Australia and overseas models had been lost or broken. The modelling urge faded away until late in 1987 while still serving in the Australian Army. His interest was building tanks and anything that was military related in 1/35th scale.

Later trending into building diorama’s, figures, and now ships and aircraft in either 1/35th or 1/32nd scale with the odd 1/16th scale figure thrown in now and then. Growing into the hobby in the late eighties before the internet, the inspirational source of devotion to the hobby was when he come across the Verlinden magazines and Shepherd Paine’s famous book, “Modeling Tanks and Military vehicles”.

During the 90’s, Michael become involved in a couple of armour modeling clubs in Brisbane, gaining some achievements for his work in State and National competitions from 1998 through to 2015. The ultimate career high light and insight into plastic modelling was when he was given the opportunity to visiting Italeri Model's manufacturing plant in Balogna, Criel Models in Rome and Royal Models in Sicily whilst on a holiday in Italy. Visiting and competing in Euro militare the following year and meeting up with many of the tallented modellers around the globe was an ultimate goal achievement. Slowly drifting away from the local model club scene, Michael is now 51 years old with no children and a marriage of 25 years, to an understanding wife that has allowed his hobby to expand over 27 years. Michael has a strong passion to continue to build military subjects remaining close to his heart.

I am proud to introduce Michael Walsh as a new member of the Master’s Forum!

Bob Letterman

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  • Bob Letterman
    Bob Letterman

    I think as a modeler you would have to be living under a rock, not to know who Bob Letterman is. People will know him as the Businessman behind the giant VLS Empire, more people will know him for his amazing dioramas.

    We here on TnT know Bob for his easy going approachable manner, I know that there are people that are great modelers, well I can tell you that Bob is one of those modelers who are great people.

    Bob is legendary for his achievements as a modeler, a businessman, a highly decorated police officer, but for me the greatest thing for me is that both he & his wife Susan are my friends.

    To have Bob, demonstrating hints and techniques he uses, is going to be amazing, as masters go, they do not get much better than Bob.

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  • Joe Hudson
    I met Joe Hudson at a Mastercon way back when! Sorry Joe, I can't remember which one. Chalk it up to senility! Joe was an ex-policeman as I was and that meant we had several things in common. Joe, from the beginning, had an obsession with models. At the time, he was an armor guy. Later, he began experimenting with figures. He had a great mentor, Bill Chillstrom, who, in my opinion, is one of the very best sculptors in the business. After a time, he asked to sculpt for Warriors, Custom Dioramics or the new company just launched, The Streets of Laredo. As I remember, the first professional piece he did was an old west miner figure that was great! Thus began his professional career. Since then, his skills have continued to improve year after year. His current work needs no Kudos from me, it speaks for itself! BTW, Joe sculpted a figure for Susan's birthday, Elvis Presley. It is in a place of honor in Susan's office! Here is Joe, Susan and I am honored to call him a friend! Joe, show them how!!!!

    Bob Letterman

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  • Ian Hill
    I first met Ian Hill back in 1993, at the second Mastercon show. He was quite young as I remember him then, and I also immediately recognized a budding talent that was beyond the norm. Everybody was so busy back then, I didn't get the time I would have liked to talk to him. At the end of the show, he had to go home to Australia and didn't want to carry his gold medal winning diorama all that way back on the plane. To my surprise, he gave it to me! After that we lost contact but I recall hearing about him from others. I placed that diorama in the Miniature World Museum. Now that I have retired, it sets in my private museum and is one of my most prized possessions.

    Since Ian and I were reunited on T&T, he has told me he originally got into modelling because of WW II movies, and a great love of technical art and realistic miniatures. He had started drawing his own war comics and sci-fi spaceships when he discovered that he could buy models of them. This led to airbrushing, poster painting and then to landscapes. He did a stint at University in Industrial Design at the beginning of the 1980's, mainly because that's what all the ILM guys did (star wars effects section). He left before completing the course, but gained a lot of techniques that he applied to his 3D ART - Models. He had started building dioramas about 1978 but they where not that good, he loved them regardless. A couple of years later He saw Francois Verlinden's models and immediately discovered the possibilities. About that same time he came across Shepard Paine's work as well, and was blown away by the battle damage and weathering.

    From there he developed, practiced and by the late 1980's felt confident to go to the Australian Open Model Expo and entered competition for the first time in 1989. He surprised himself and won 4 trophies and his first People's Choice Award, (which, coincidentally was also the first time the award was given ). Between 1989 and 2008 he competed on a irregular basis in that event, and won in various categories. He has won a best of show award with his Dragon Wagon diorama, (see below) as well as the Peoples Choice award 8 times out of 8 entries.

    In 1993 he travelled to the USA and competed in Mastercon II, where he was awarded a Gold Medal for his diorama, (the one he gave me). He remembers that trip as being quite special because he met all of his diorama Gurus, Francois Verlinden, Lewis Pruneau and me. (His words, not mine) Embarassed Embarassed

    Over the years he has managed to have articles and pictures published in the Verlinden Productions Magazine, Fine scale modeller, Australian Plastics Modeller, Models and Hobbies as well as a win in the Fine scale gallery photo of the year (1996). He landed a place in the AFV modeller Digital Imagination Competition in 2006 . He has been selling his work to private collectors since 1989 and has also completed displays for Hobby companies as well.

    He was invited to be among the first to post his work on Missing Lynx website in 2000. He also did some work for the Custom Dioramics Catalog, but this never went to press as they sold their company to me/VLS shortly afterwards. (BTW, If I had been aware of that, I would have contacted him and went ahead with it!) The same year he attended Mastercon, he was selected by Dragon Models to create diorama commissions for their 1994 catalog however, fate stepped in and he did not have the spare time to complete what they required, (Two new children, one a baby - with a short deadline), and he had to decline. He also organized some portfolio design and sketchings for Universal studios in Florida on his 1993 Mastercon trip. That was for Universal's "Star Wars Exhibition", resulting in his Avatar on T&T. Recently, he has been selling his work on EBAY as a Hobby business. In conclusion, Ian says it has been quite a ride and he has enjoyed every minute of it! He loves modeling and the Internet has only enhanced his experiences. I think we can all learn from Ian and I am proud to introduce him to the Masterclass!

    Bob Letterman

    Here is a shot of Ian with some of his work!

    And this is his favorite diorama he has built so far!

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  • Yasuyuki Watanabe
    Yasuyuki Watanabe

    some say he is a ghost, some say he is a wizard, some say he comes from outer space but in reality Yasuyuki Watanabe comes from Amagasaki City in Hyogo prefecture, Japan!

    48 year old Yasuyuki Watanabe married and having two adult children - a daughter and a son - started modelling when he was at the age of 30 and specialized on WW1 and WW2 armor. With this hobby increasingly fascinating him it became his main hobby and since about 5 years Watanabe-San focuses on brass and copper scratchbuilding his vehicles!

    watanabeWatanabe-San has his own blogpage that can be visited here:

    On his page you find some older works of him where he actually used plastic kits and enhanced them in his unique style. Also you find his fascinating Panzerwerfer42 completely build from scratch in brass and copper Check out his page - you won't regret it!

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  • Anthony Reeves

    Anthony had stopped smoking and while trying to relieve his urge to smoke at work one night he took some wire and started to twist it into a tree like shape.

    Night after night he would cut himself a few lenghts of wire to try to improve on the "tree" he had made the night before. He had previously grown Bonsai trees for many years so had studied tree growth patterns and habits so had a pretty sound knowledge of how individual species would grow depending on the enviroment they were growing in. Over a period of weeks he played around with various materials to find a medium which would result in a realistic and durable bark to cover the bare wires.

    After a chance meeting with a member of the Manchester Model Railway Society, he was given the opportunity to visit Pete Watermans massive 7mm (o gauge) where he worked on the trees and scenics for a couple of years. It was around this time Anthony also started attending various trade shows as a trader. It soon became apparent that not all modellers wished to pay the premium of buying ready made trees. It seemed to him that most modellers wanted to make their own trees . This is where he got the idea for a Tree Kit. All the materials required to make truely realistic trees in a bag with full instructions. This original approach has now seen a large range of scenic modelling materials being produced by TREEMENDUS and also includes Scenic Kits, Scatters, Earth powders and Scenic Glue etc.

    TREEMENDUS is growing from strength to strength. New products are being introduced at affordable prices and he hopes he can continue to supply modellers all over the world with the materials they need to produce wonderfully realistic models.

    Hopefully this will be the first of many SBS's as we all would like to see the whole range of TREEMENDUS products and show us some of their uses and the effects that can be achieved using them.


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  • Per Olav Lund

    I would like to introduce Per Olav Lund to the Tanks and Things members. I have only recently met Per Olav, but have been an admirer of his incredible works of art for years.

    Actually, he is one of those modelers who doesn't need an intro from anybody, so this is more or less a formality.

    Per Olav has agreed to enter into our Masterclass and give us some step by steps on how he does some of his unbelievable dioramas!

    Bob Letterman

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  • John Steinman
    John Steinman

    It was many years ago when I met John Steinman on the Internet. At first I confused him with his brother who has been published in MMiR but it became obvious the incredible talent he had. Over the years, he has published many articles in MMiR as well as posting gallery entries on various web sites. Recently, he completed an online build log on Track-Link and before that he showed his diverse skills by tackling a modern subject, an AFV Club YPR-765.

    It has been my pleasure in providing what little reference support I could. His efforts have garnished him numerous awards and he competes at the National Advanced level in AMPS. Yet, he remains humble and willing to share his techniques. On that note, I introduce to you; John F. Steinman.

    Saúl García

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  • Giovanni Azzara


    Please Welcome Giovanni Azzara as a "Modelers' Alliance Master"


    I only recently met Giovanni Azzara’


    I was looking through the figure forum and saw this incredibly well done. I began looking at all this figure painter’s work and was very impressed. I should have been. I contacted him and invited him to become a member of the masterclass.

    Here is his modeling biography!


    Born in Potenza, in southern Italy in 1975, his beginnings in modeling began with his set of “Legos”. He soon discovered modelling thanks to his dad who brought him a set of German figures from Italeri, which he soon transformed into an African-American basketball team, playing on a side street basketball court. Basketball was and still is one of his passions. Since then he has built planes, helicopters, cars and motorbikes (another of his great passions).

    In the early nineties, Giovanni attended university in Pavia, and it was there he learned about Milliput, He bought some and made his first scratch built model, "The Crow" from the famous comics and movie, and he still has it in his home collection. Later, he met many talented people who introduced me to the military figure world, and he started to enter competitions, winning a few prizes here and there.

    Then, Giovanni met his, at the time, partner in crime and still very good friend, Danilo Cartacci, with whom he started a collaboration that led him to win gold medals at some of the most important shows around the world. From the World Expo to the Euro Militaire, to SCHAMS, Chicago MMSI, Seillans ,and even a best of show in St.Vincent, to name a few.

    He was doing the sculpting while Danilo was doing the painting. All this lead him to meet some of the most amazing painters and sculptors around, and with some of them, he created various pieces that are now the hands of collectors all around the world.

    Then he took a break and decided to finish his university studies. He wanted to acquire an education that would enable him to earn a living at something maybe not as amusing as military miniatures , but necessary for survival! That also meant a moratorium in my modeling for about 5 years.

    Giovanni moved to London and then in July 2008 moved back to Milan, Italy.

    Last year he finally decided to get back to modelling and here he is again, painting figures mostly, also learning how to build AVF's and soon he'll begin getting into those! I have been communicating with him frequently. He is very modest and humble for someone with so large a talent.

    It is my pleasure to introduce Giovanni Azzara’ to the Master class forum!

    Bob Letterman

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  • Terry Barrow

    Terry Barrow Modelers' Alliance Master


    I first met Terry Barrow at Mastercon 6 in 1997. Then later in Moscow Mills, Missouri in the VLS conference room. He had came from his home town of Clinton, Missouri with his wife Mary for a meeting with the late David Harper who worked for me at the time. He returned several times and we had some joint ventures going. I have visited Terry and Mary in both Clinton as well as in Kansas City where we share the love of a restaurant called Jack’s Stax and their unbelievable Barbecued Burnt Ends.

    Terry was born on January 17, 1963. He built his first model at age seven. It was a P-36A by Monogram and Terry says it cost seventy five cents, that was three weeks allowance in those days, and he still has it. He has built models on and off ever since. He doesn’t really have a favorite kind of model, if it looks neat he may build it.

    He lean toward armor, but has done just about every type of model. He became serious about modeling in the 1990’s when he entered his first model contest at the local hobby shop (90 miles away in Kansas City, Missouri). He received a second place and has been addicted ever since. He is never really satisfied with his work, always thinking he could have been done better. (He has a lot of company there). He always seems to be amazed by the work of others I guess that’s what keeps pushing him to improve.

    Terry believes that if you stop trying to learn new modeling techniques you might as well stop modeling. He have learned a lot from the modelers he has been around and owe them a lot. To pay them forward he is always ready to help other modelers even though he’s always a little embarrassed when someone asks. He tells them “Oh it’s really not that hard or I couldn’t do it”. He has received quite a few awards, but he still has goals. He modestly says he is just a regular modeler that’s been lucky a few times.

    Some of his awards are as follows:
    Best figure Mastercon 11
    Best ship IPMS Region 5 (twice)
    Best ship Mastercon/Eaglequest
    Theme Award Eaglequest
    Best Military Vehicle Eaglequest (twice)
    Best Science Fiction Eaglequest
    Best Science Fiction IPMS Region 5
    Best Automotive IPMS Region 5

    He was elected Eaglequest Grand Marshal in 2013

    I am honored and pleased to introduce Terry Barrow into the Master’s Forum

    Bob Letterman

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