Squashfest Interview

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How did you get started in customizing GI Joe? What led you to the brand, what type of stuff were you doing before?

I was never led to the brand. The brand grabbed me at an early age. First Joes when I was like 4 and I was prime action figure age for 1985 and 6. The cartoon and the figures were a part of every day. My two kiddos have brought back the interest. In 2012 for my daughters first birthday I cleaned up an old Tonka dump truck, all pink and silver with Tonka waterslide decals, for beach fun. I think it was at this time that I started bumping into the custom sites. For my sons first birthday two years later I wanted to build up a Tonka, but add the action figure compatibility, so I made a new cab and seats. Combine the fondness for Joes with the fun of customs and here we are.

How did you discover JoeCustoms?

I bumped into JoeCustoms along with many sites through the google, but I joined up after it was suggested by a fellow member.

What are your hobbies outside of Joe customizing?

I'm into anything garage related, tools, trucks, etc. When I was young and single I built up a 76 Trailduster, Dodge truck. Now I don't have the time or cash to work in that scale, so 1:18 fills the void.

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?

Silly pleased with the Transport. 7 months of garage fun. Its big and filled with play features. If I had to really decide I'd say the Phalanx cause its small enough to sit anywhere. It wouldn't look too odd on a desk.

Transport with the Phalanx radar controlled counter-measure gun

Where/what/who do you draw your inspiration or ideas from?

TV, film, real life, but mostly what others are doing on the interwebs. Got lost for a month this summer in a British site dedicated to Space 1999 Eagles. I bring those ideas back to what my dudes need in my Joeverse.

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?

The Phalanx came out better than expected. Vinyl fence scraps, pvc plumbing, and glue. It's simple, but instantly recognizable as to what it is. Just not happy with my TTBP extension. The premise is great, but I should have taken it further. I learned a ton doing it, but would go about it very differently now. Version 2.0 is on a long list of projects.

What tricks and tips have you mastered that you can share with everyone?

Can't say I've mastered anything. Couple tips for the vehicle crowd, figures is a different animal. I don't sculpt and avoid any painting with a brush. A. Grab scrap vinyl fence pieces. Its cheap, big, structural, and glues up with pvc glue. B. I rely on my bandsaw and disk sander. Rough cut with the bandsaw and sand to your line with the 12in disk. Sure the knife, dremel, and files come into play also. C. Glue pieces together oversized, then shape. I've spent way too much time cutting everything to the right sizes only to struggle to glue them up. Get a nice edge and glue it up. Then shape and add more.

What do you find the most enjoyable about customizing? What about the most frustrating?

The creativity. I need the outlet. And the community of those doing the same. The most frustrating is my lack of time. I build by stealing a few minutes in the garage a week.

==You got time, and you got money, and you have the space. What do you build? And why?

It wouldn't be Joe scale. I'd still dabble in the scale, but I'd get to work on a smallish four wheel drive diesel moterhome. Pack up the fam and adventure.

The stuff I see here everyday is ridiculous. Glad to be a part of it. Go CCX! Thanks for the opportunity, Squashfest

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