I've been a member for a while and am now getting around to introduce myself. I made to jump to a professional model builder/conservator about 14 years ago. I found paying work at a Marine Art gallery and was hired as the in house model guy. I've repaired and built many ship models since then of all shapes and sizes. Paper, plastic and wooden models of sailing ships and yachts to modern cargo ships. My previous fun was sailing on oil tankers for mobil oil corp back in the 1980's, to real wooden boatbuilding and then to the design offices of Cigarette Racing Team, Miami,FL and Broward Marine, Ft Lauderdale and a little stint with the design of a coastal patrol boat being built in Savannah, GA. Now it's just small boats. which is fine by me. I look forward to time in the shop everyday!