"Life is a beautiful scratchbuilding project.
The key is to joyfully participate."
New Jersey has been cranking out these durable signature wildfire pumpers for decades! Now using a new thermoforming technique, I was able to recreate the complex cage that is the signature visual part of these rigs.
Volunteer Groups and their Leaders finally have a practical and realistic handbook designed specifically for the congregations, leagues, clubs, troops, and fellowships that make up the backbone of our communities. TWEAKS is written in my usual familiar, hands-on, and folksy style that will give you an immediate handle and understanding of the complex issues and demands needed to lead your volunteer ORG to greater levels of performance regardless of the condition it may be in now. Complete overhaul, addressing serious problems, or just some fine tuning, TWEAKS will be a guide you will turn to again and again. If your organization is in trouble, struggling or just needs a tune-up, TWEAKS can give you the tools and practical knowledge needed to reset the trajectory of your organization no matter how large or small it may be. TWEAKS can have a profound effect on how you lead your group so that it can deliver on the very reasons people volunteered to join in the first place.
This project was a one of the projects I've enjoyed building the most and it was an unexpected pleasure. Built to replicate a rig that was in service at McGuire Air Force base in New Jersey.
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Read up on this amazing car and the wild backstory that went into building the car. The main installment covers painting with lacquers as well.
I have a selection of shows and prototypes that are here to inspire building ideas and supply you with detail shots to help you with your own building projects.
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