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Rocketguy53

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I have been a science fiction fan since I was probably 8 or 9 years old. The TV shows I grew up with and the budding space program of my youth drove this interest to bud and flourish. I fondly recall the Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and so many other such shows from the ‘60s of my youth.

While in high school I became completely infatuated with the space program, particularly the Apollo lunar program, which caused me to decide to become a “rocket scientist” for my career. Ultimately I obtained my engineering degree from FTU/UCF in Florida and from there snared a job with NASA working from the beginning to the end of the space shuttle program at KSC.

During my youth I pursued my hobby interest of building plastic models with many being fantastical creatures or machines which fell in line with my interest in SF and the space program. Around the time I turned 15 or so I picked up a serious interest in model rocketry again after a brief experience with it a couple of years earlier. I became a very serious model rocketeer joining the NAR and in my early 20s becoming a national competitor as well as hobby flier. During this time I let my interest in plastic modeling dwindle, only building them when they coincided with model rocketry.

Then around the time I turned 50, when most guys buy a Corvette, I returned to serious plastic modeling, mostly building “geeky” subjects such as SF kits, classic horror kits, and kits from my youth. I now attend local contests and also the yearly trek to Wonderfest in Louisville, the mecca for monster and SF modelers show and contest.

Of course I also started attending local and some national SF cons over the last 20 years or so. I have been on panels that discussed the space program at some cons and have met many authors who I have read thoroughly because they were at the con. SF plays a big part in my life as it still provides the wonders and stories that I have enjoyed since my youth.

Spaceship Modeling Part 2

Robert brings us into the 90s and the new millennia with plastic spaceships from a variety of companies.

Review: Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312

As with all Mr. Robinson’s books he involves his personal sensitivities to the environment and his ecological concerns within the story. Global warming has had profound effects on Earth and the parts of the story that take place there present these problems realistically.

Spaceship Modeling Part 1

What do NASA, Werner von Braun and Walt Disney all have in common? Assisting at the birth of the plastic spaceship model kit!

Necronomicon 2013 Report

Convention report from Necronomicaon 2013

iHobby 2013

Every year in October the hobby industry has an exposition for the hobby industry manufacturers to reach the retailing community and show off their new and existing products

Leviathan Wakes Review

I am always looking for new books to read and typically pick one by an author from the current con I am attending.  In...

The Icon of Monsters and Monster Models

Probably the most well-known monster ever imagined is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Around 1960 Aurora obtained a license from Universal Studios to produce a Frankenstein plastic model kit. It started a craze.

Fandom Modeling

This is my first column for Amazing Stories on science fiction and fantasy modeling. I will explore, review, and try to keep up with...