New Hampshire, United States

Occupation: Web Developer/Designer
Interests: Scale Models, Star Wars, reading, my daughter and wife, cars, history, and travel to name a few.
Username: staff_jim

  



About staff_jim
I started building models in 1971 when I was 6. My first model was a 1/32 P-40 Warhawk. Revell I believe. From there I moved onto the standard cars, Apollo spacecraft, and other kid orientated kits. I don't know what got me started on Armor. I must have seen a Monogram tank kit one day and said "Mom, can I get this?" I was probably about 8 by then. Soon I was outgrowing the discount department store in my small town and had to find a local hobby store. Well that store carried Tamiya and that was the real catalyst for getting me even further into the hobby. I stopped building in my teens and started up again in my mid-twenties. That was the late-eighties and I discovered new things like Italeri, Verlinden and Photo-etch at the local hobby store I frequented in Tallahassee, Florida. There was another long break when I was moving all around the country for a while and my models and supplies were put in storage. Then back in 2001 a friend and I decided to startup a business involving online communities and blogging. I wanted to build a site that I could test out some of these technologies with and so Armorama was born. It has been quite a ride since then, and slowly this site (which was a side-line hobby for me) has morphed into a real business for my wife and I. I have met so many great people and am very proud of what they have helped me build here. Thanks to all my staff (past & present) and all the site regulars and contributors that make the KitMaker Network so special!

My Feature Articles

1.The Way ForwardGENERAL MODELING ENGLISH
2.8 New Kits from TamiyaGENERAL MODELING ENGLISH
3.Cracking Many Boxes (Part 2)GENERAL MODELING ENGLISH
4.Cracking Many Old Boxes (Part 1)GENERAL MODELING ENGLISH
5.2013 Year End Wrap-upGENERAL MODELING ENGLISH
6.Jim's Blog: Vacation & SamplesGENERAL MODELING ENGLISH
7.Turning the Page: Painting ModelsPAINTING ENGLISH
8.2013 Silicon Valley ShowSHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
9.2013 Hobby Expo ShowSHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
10.2010 IPMS-USA NationalsSHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
11.Photos from Kickoff Classic 2010SHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
12.How to Write a ReviewGENERAL MODELING ENGLISH
13.IPMS-USA Nationals 2007 Show ReportSHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
14.TamiyaCon IX - A Show ReportSHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
15.SCAHMS 2004 - A First Timers ReportSHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
16.Image Compression and Picture QualityPHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHICS ENGLISH
17.Armorama's 1st AnniversarySHOWS/EVENTS ENGLISH
18.Brightening up your Dark ImagesPHOTOGRAPHY/GRAPHICS ENGLISH

My Reviews

1.Damaged Premiere Issue!BY AK INTERACTIVE ENGLISH
2.Metallics - Vol. 1 & 2BY AK INTERACTIVE ENGLISH
3.The Weathering Magazine #15 BY AMMO OF MIG JIMENEZ ENGLISH
4.The Weathering Magazine #14BY AMMO OF MIG JIMENEZ ENGLISH
5.Airbrushing for Scale ModelersBY KALMBACH PUBLISHING CO. ENGLISH
6.Hobbyworld #176BY HOBBYWORLD ENGLISH
7.The Weathering Magazine #11BY AMMO OF MIG JIMENEZ ENGLISH
8.Hobbyworld #171, 172 & 173BY HOBBYWORLD ENGLISH
9.Euro Modelismo #251BY ACCIóN PRESS ENGLISH
10.SMQ Winter 2014 IssueBY SCALE MODELING QUARTERLY ENGLISH
11.Euro Modelismo #250BY ACCIóN PRESS ENGLISH
12.Scale Modeling Quarterly #1BY SCALE MODELING QUARTERLY ENGLISH
13.Hobbyworld #165BY HOBBYWORLD ENGLISH
14.Euro ModelismoBY ACCIóN PRESS ENGLISH

My Awards