How did you get started in customizing GIjoe? What led you to the brand, what type of stuff were you doing before?
The first custom I remember making was when I was 10. Both thumbs broke on my '82 Rock n Roll, so I swapped his arms with Gung-Ho's. It looked weird, but it worked. I also made a variety of self customs using the '87 Steel Brigade as a starting point.
How did you discover JoeCustoms?
I found JoeCustoms while using google to search for Oktober Guard figures.
What are your hobbies outside of joe customizing?
Besides customizing, I also enjoy playing board games. Especially those that lend themselves to customizing. Heroscape, Heroclix, and my new favorite Mice & Mystics.
What figure/vehicle are you most proud of? If they all had to go, which would be the one that you wouldn't part with?
My favorite figure I've made so far is my Dragonfly in a Coast Guard uniform. It's simple and blends nicely with Cutter and other nautical Joes.
Where/what/who do you draw your inspiration or ideas from?
My inspiration comes from various sources. This site, my imagination, and all things 80's Joe... the cartoon, the comic, books, etc.
Can you name something that you did that turned out way better than you expected it to? And something that you finished that you just weren't happy with and why?
My Wreckage figured turned out much better than I ever thought it would. Especially since it was a pieced-it-together-in-a-night type custom. My project to update the original Joes using the original heads did not turn out nearly as well as I had envisioned.
My tip or trick would simply be this: When looking for parts to match have patience to find ones that match with little or no painting, and when doing your take on an existing characters finding exact matches isn't as important as finding parts that represent the figure well enough that everyone can tell who it's supposed to be.
What do you find the most enjoyable about customizing? What about the most frustrating?
I love it when the finished product looks the way I envisioned it from the start, and after I put my new figure on display my wife tells me it looks great. My least favorite part is the painting. I hate waiting for all those coats to dry.
You got time, and you got money, and you have the space. What do you build? And why?
If I had unlimited resources, I would build a castle like the one in the Trans-Carpathian mountains. Only on the beach... of my own private island. Why? Because I love castles and my wife loves the beach. Also, with that much space she would get the big kitchen of her dreams and a scrapbooking room as a bonus, and I'd have plenty of space leftover for a customizing/gaming room. Win win.