I got a nice surprise a couple months ago when the editor of the Nautical Research Journal, Paul Fontenoy, asked me to submit a short article on my Higaki Kaisen model. So, a while back, I sent him some photos to use and a very short write-up with some captions to accompany the photos. Then, I got an even nicer surprise when I was told the model would appear on the cover.
Having been an NRG member/supporter and having long admired the models that have graced the pages of the Journal, this was a really tremendous honor. Now, I’ll have to admit, it really the model subject and the uniqueness of the kit that got the model on the cover and not my artistry or craftsmanship. But, still it’s pretty nice to see it there.
Of course, being that I’ve been advocating Woody Joe kits here, it’s great to get people’s attention this way. I got an extra copy of the issue and sent it Woody Joe and they should be receiving it any time now. I’m sure they’ll be very happy to see their kit receive such attention.
The timing of this article probably couldn’t be any better, as I just submitted the proofs for my Higaki Kaisen kit review article, which will appear in Seaways’ Ships in Scale in the next few weeks. As for my history/build article for Ships in Scale, I’ve been getting pretty distracted with all the projects I’m trying to get done. But, with these articles both out in August/September, I’ll need to get back on it very soon.
But, while I’m mentioning the NRG here, I would like to say that this is a really fine organization, dedicated to ship modeling, and it deserves and needs your support. It’s not all academic and it’s not about being “purists” or anything of the like. The tagline “Advancing Ship Modeling Through Research” is just to say it’s about making better models, it’s about helping the modeler make better models, it’s about getting help to build better models.
Seeing my own model on the cover, I can’t help but wonder when the last time was that a kit build was featured on the cover? Times really do change. So, join the NRG. It’s a great organization, you’ll be supporting a great cause (ship modeling) and you’ll get your quarterly issue of the Journal!
I enjoyed reading your web site. It is very nice.
I am from Toronto, Canada on a vacation in Japan. I plan to go to Shizuoka hobby mall but I was looking for Woodyjoe store address in English. Hopefully I can get it at the hobby mall. I tried their Zero air plane model kit and enjoyed it very much. As you said the instruction book is great and almost need no written instruction. I did have it translated in japanese by a co worker just in case. I will be trying their boat model next.
Thanks for your site!
Thank you Paul!
Lucky you! How long are you going to be in Japan? I would think the Shizuoka Hobby Mall will have all the Woody Joe kits available. There are a lot of ship model kits and they just released two brand new small fishing boat kits on October 1st. Watch for a review of them here shortly.
As for a Woody Joe store address, they have an office in ShizuokaI, but don’t think that they have a store or a showroom. However, I will send my contact there an email and see what I can find out.