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Front door for the secondhalf of my life using my time while disabled to become a book reviewer, editor, and blogger……. Advocating for Liberty and Veterans who suffer with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Severe Memory Impairment, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumas, and those with Crohn's Disease and Seizure Disorder. Of course too I may muster the courage to begin my Scale Models again but fight tremor so bad that it maybe something best to just hang up and sell off. I've lost nearly every enjoyable skill and struggle with the idea of "doing it at all if I can't do so to the ability I once had". I'm most busy with doctors appointments and maintaining my 120 Year Old House, My Shop, Ranting, Retirement, and More… This blog was begun right before my health, career, and entire life's direction was wildly changed, so though the page is 5+ years old, it is bare boned.

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Enzo Ferrari Builds Post 1.1

So, I have multiple iterations of the Enzo Ferrari.  I think 3 of the Tamiya Enzo 1/24 scale, 3 of the Revell Enzo 1/24 scale, 2 of the Tamiya FXX 1/24 scale, and 1 Tamiya Enzo 1/12 scale.  I need to get a new SD card for my Canon Rebel T1i, So photos are to follow.  I’ll be building a round of Tamiya La Ferrari’s and FXX K’s also and I may do some of that in concert with Enzo’s since there are so many similarities.  I’m most excited about the 1/12 Enzo though and that will be the capstone build before moving on I think.

It has been five and a half years since I’ve built/worked on any of my models.  As many of you know, my traumatic brain injury (TBI) and retirement from the Marine Corps turned my entire world inside out and I can’t say I’ve got it all together yet by any means.  There are many more medical, mental, and emotional issues that I’m struggling with and will do so for my entire life.  I have been in a hermit mindset for 5 years now and I’m doing what I can to break the cycle.  I’m not embarrassed or ashamed of what I live with.  I also know that I am not alone; that many of my Marine brothers are struggling and in pain each and every day.

At first, I had stopped building simply because I was simply learning how to live and make it day to day.  Then too, the TBI was ending my career and I was being pushed into retirement at a time for which we had not planned to.  So after 22+ years in the Marine Corps, I retired and at the same time, I am 100% disabled as well.  So after moving, I couldn’t bear to see my uniforms, my library, my models, my tools; basically everything I had enjoyed.  I have used the excuse of my tremors to explain my staying away from modeling, but the truth is the same as so many things: that I fear I can’t do things to the level or caliber I once did.  Long story short, I’ve been barely getting by all this time.  So I have decided to re-commit myself to scale models with the knowledge that I’ll build a few glue-bombs in the beginning.  So with that, I have dug it all out and have been getting back to doing research and finding the sources for the detail items I’ll need but don’t already have.   I’ll “treat each part as though it is its own model’ and figure out how to get around the tremor somehow.

S/F, -B

MCM Blog Post: Heat-shield Scratch-building, Tamiya Enzo Firewall

Blog Post I have over on MCM:

So I have tried using Aluminum Duct tape to cover the firewall on the Enzo….. Looked like trash because it has no texture. Have thought about about using cigarette foil paper like others have, but don’t smoke. My current plan is as follows. I have saved the foil top from a large tub of yogurt which has a small texture to it. I have masked off the firewall piece as best I can and then using a scalpel blade #11 trimmed the excess off to make a template. Then carefully peeled the template off thee piece, placed upon thee foil and again using the scalpel blade; cut out what should now be able to be attached a heat shield. Trying to figure out now what to attach with, but planning to use reposition-able brush on rubber cement. Will post pics of how it worked in my next update.

S/F, Shannon

Scratch Shocktowers for '55 Chevy Sportsman

Diecast Lamborghini Murciélago

Kind of the idea I’ve got going for the top end of this Lambo’s engine. It’s a Bburago Diecast I’m detailing for my good friend

Has been in the Purple Pond for two weeks and still has a long way to go!

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Rotors for Enzo Ferrari

Been working on preparing all parts for paint….  Here are the efforts being made on the rotors.  (#74 Pin Drill Bit by hand with a pin vise)

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