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My Modeling Goals: My models are meant to be a cross between toy and artwork. The inexpensive plastic kit models that I built as a pre-teen often had very delicate details that were difficult to assemble: high realism but easily broken parts, making them not very playable (“swooshable”). My fascination was with helicopters, so their rotors, tail booms, and landing gear made them fragile. I think I inadvertently broke every plastic helicopter model I ever built. Today, one can also spend $200-$300 on painted mahogany aircraft replicas that ask nothing of owner involvement other than a mere gaze. Lego models permit one to exercise personal creativity in model-building, incorporating working elements unlike the static-models I mentioned, and they also can be built to withstand some energetic handling.
I seek a balance between having lots of recognizable physical features (especially the silhouettes: front, side & top), real-world color schemes, dynamic features (such as rotors and wheels that spin, doors that open, operable winches), plus economy and simplicity. I avoid “greebles” meant to enhance appearances which mostly add cost and complexity. My models range in size from under 25 elements to tallying into the thousands. So far most of my models are scaled to one foot = one stud, thus close to mini-fig scale. My 'economy and simplicity' remark is a sign that at the moment I have not tapped the potential of Technic parts. There are terrific Lego helicopter models out there whose controls mimic the real world. I think I may evolve to that kind of modeling, but for now my modeling goal is image recognition, not extended functionality.
My Choices of Projects: My recent focus is on classic American aircraft, especially helicopters of the 1950’s era which comprise my earliest postings on this site. I have been gravitating towards more airplane models, arriving there via designs of certain “hybrid” aircraft like “tilt-rotors” (the best known example being the Bell-Boeing V22 “Osprey”) and unique birds such as the Fairey Rotodyne, a passenger plane looking like a gyrocopter. I have designed many more models that I have actually built, and occasionally I have sold a few that I have built on eBay. If you’re wondering if I am selling a model you see here, you’ll find my email within each splash picture at the top of each model listing, so feel free to ask. I’ve experimented a little in the past by selling my models as kits with printed assembly instructions, but do not want to continue doing that, so am pondering my options if and how to distribute my designs for models in the future.

LEGO creations
My Best Stuff
My Best Stuff
14 LEGO creations
My Midsize Models
My Midsize Models
17 LEGO creations
My Small Models
My Small Models
6 LEGO creations
My Other Models
My Other Models
3 LEGO creations

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