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  Louisiana, United States

Occupation: Commercial Artist
Interests: History, Baseball
USERNAME: gator

  



About gator
I was the kid that his dad would say "Hey, there's a war movie on." and come running. As a kid, I dived head first into military history. We would always have to stop at the USS Alabama on our way to Florida. I also got to visit the Seawolf Park and the Alamo on vacation, too. All things I want to share with my son. When I found out that my future brother-in-law was serving on the Nimitz, I was in hog heaven. And the, once they were married to be stationed at Pensacola NAS, oh boy. I saw the old Lex when they were still flying off her. My interest has never swayed from military history. Modeling, I started with the USS Alabama (of course) and have built everything in between. Space, armor, aircraft, auto....everything. But I've always gone back to ships and planes that flew off ships. I'm the head of the graphics and sign department for our parish government (county commissioners). I love creating artistically. I guess that's why I like complex paint schemes more than PE details. I'm fortunate to have a wife that supports my hobby and sees the joy in my being able to share my love for history with our son.

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My Feature Articles

1.Japanese Miniature Submarine, HA-19SUBMARINES ENGLISH
2.IJN I-400 Class Submarine SUBMARINES ENGLISH
3.Show Report~Modelfiesta 27SHIP SHOWS & EVENTS ENGLISH
4.Civil War Torpedo-Boat, CSS David MILITARY SMALL CRAFT ENGLISH
5.The Ships Of CALMEX XXII, Westlake, LA 2008SHIP SHOWS & EVENTS ENGLISH
6.Making a Water Base, Step-by-StepSHIPMAKING TECHNIQUES ENGLISH
7.Niņa XIII Century CaravelSAILING VESSELS ENGLISH
8.The Ships from ModelMania 2007SHIP SHOWS & EVENTS ENGLISH
9.USS Baton Rouge SSN-689SUBMARINES ENGLISH
10.The Ships of Calcasieu Model Expo XXISHIP SHOWS & EVENTS ENGLISH
11.Landing Craft ControlMILITARY SUPPORT VESSELS ENGLISH
12.Working with Paint MasksSHIPMAKING TECHNIQUES ENGLISH

My Reviews

1.German U-boat Type VIICBY FLAGMAN MODELS ENGLISH
2.1/72 Scale LCM(3)BY DRAGON MODELS ENGLISH
3.1/700 USS Ward DD-139BY MIDSHIP MODELS ENGLISH
4.USS San FranciscoBY MIDSHIP MODELS ENGLISH
5.16"/45 Naval Gun, Vers. 3BY BMK ENGLISH
6.16 in/45 naval gun, Vers. 2BY BMK ENGLISH
7.16 in/45 naval gun, Vers. 1BY BMK ENGLISH
8.1/350 SMS ElsterBY WIENER MODELLBAU MANUFACTUR ENGLISH
9.SMU 5/6BY WIENER MODELLBAU MANUFACTUR ENGLISH
10.Torpedoes in the GulfBY TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY PRESS ENGLISH
11.1/350 White Metal AccessoriesBY PAPER LAB ENGLISH
12.K-19 the WidowmakerBY ZVEZDA ENGLISH
13.USS North Carolina BB-55BY TRUMPETER ENGLISH
14.Dragon Premium Edition USS Charles F. AdamsBY DRAGON MODELS ENGLISH

My Awards


Build A Tool: Award for those who completed the Build a tool campaign.
Leyte Gulf: Leyte Gulf Campaign Award
Official Campaign Ribbon: This award signifies Campaign completion with full honors!
Official Campaign Ribbon:
Official Military Small Craft Campaign Ribbon: This Campaign Ribbon denotes completion of the
Outstanding Contribution Award: This is an award that Jim occasionally bestows to those users who have contributed greatly to the site in terms of contributions or help with the day-to-day operations of the site.
Pearl Harbor 2008 Award: This award signifies this person completed the Pearl Harbor 2008 Campaign
Pearl Harbor 2008 Award: This award signifies this person completed the Pearl Harbor 2008 Campaign
Staffers Build Contest Ribbon: