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The Starship model builder

1 year 10 months ago

In a previous blog post, I wrote about how I created scale models for a living early in my career. I did it for a living for two reasons: One, I've always enjoyed building scale models ; and two, because I was paid well to do it.

My inspiration were always the wonderful spaceship models I saw on television and at the movie theater. This was back before CGI, and the models used in Star Trek and in Star Wars fascinated me to no end. To keep my skills sharp, I often designed and built large models - some of them on an impressive scale.

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The NX-01 Starship Enterprise scale model

1 year 10 months ago

Recently, I completed work on a 1/350 scale model of the NX-01 Starship Enterprise model seen in the Star Trek series "Enterprise." 

This was a fun model to build - even though I didn't start it from scratch. The model kit was given to me by a friend, Sara, who had already built the engine nacelles and had done some paint work on the underside of the primary hull. 

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A lifetime of scale model building

1 year 11 months ago

As a kid, I grew up building scale models. Assembling ships, airplanes and logging truck models sparked my imagination and soon, I was crafting unique ways of detailing and lighting them. My logging trucks had headlights, my space ships and blinking navigation lights and my warships puffed smoke out of the gun turrets. When I discovered Star Trek as a young man, my imagination went into hyperdrive and I quickly moved from the AMT model kits of the day to designing and building my own custom space ships. Some of these were up to eight feet long!

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The old tent in the rain

2 years ago

I went back this morning and found the old homeless guy's tent. It was open and uninhabited. Everything inside was dripping wet - it was so sad. I had brought him a sandwich and hoped to take him to Walmart to get some dry shoes and socks, but that wasn't meant to be.

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The old man in the rain

2 years ago

While driving back from Port Orchard, Washington's Sedgwick Albertsons store today, my mind was where anyone's mind would be: what to make for dinner tonight, how I would fit all the frozen goods into an already-stuffed freezer and when would it ever warm up enough to wash my truck? After the recent rains and snows, the truck was filthy I was going through a lot of washer fluid to keep the windshield clear.

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Jupiter Jones and the Three Investigators

2 years ago

I have been a fan of The Three Investigators book series since I was very young. As a youngster in Glendale, Arizona, I would often walk several blocks to visit the downtown Velma Teague Library, often staying for hours. My appetite for books was as healthy then as it is today, and I was particularly interested in the book series about a junior detective firm in Rocky Beach, California - one headed by Jupiter Jones and calling itself The Three Investigators.

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Klingon Warship model - 8 foot wingspan

2 years 7 months ago

This project, though unfinished, was a lot of fun. Remember, I was young at the time, full of energy and fresh new ideas. I was always jumping from one project to another, sometimes leaving one unfinished to move onto the next. I was also scrambling to make a living and create a family. In the case of this model project, my wife at the time was pregnant and we moved from Texas to Washington State. I was able to move the model but had no where to store it on arrival, so the unfinished model was disassembled and parts of it repurposed in other projects.

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YOLO - You Only Live Online Meme

YOLO - You only live online

2 years 8 months ago

I got an email with this photo attached from my youngest daughter some time ago. The email read: "DAD! Is this YOU!!"

What was I to do, lie? Or tell her that yes, it was me, and have her live the rest of her life with that stigma, that image of her dad following her around the Internet for all the world to see?

Fortunately, she took it very well. And yes, that is me - yours truly, Jim W. Coleman. And I will tell you the story.

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