Welcome to the
home of Small Wonders.
This website is a showcase of the work of just one-and-a-half model-makers -
myself and my daughter. It covers all the
models we made, past, present and future. Every Project is listed here with
every aftermarket accessory, every decal and every book used as reference.
This web site
started as a database for me to list what I had in my collection - something
that I could easily access online anywhere in the world. Something I could
share with other people. It sure helps to stop me from buying the same piece
of aftermarket twice!
Facebook & Twitter are also handy little notes for me to keep track of where
I am with each project as I usually have three or four knocking around the
workbench at the same time. My work takes me far away from home for long
periods of time so there can be quite large gaps in my builds and it is easy
to lose place, forget what I am doing, lose heart & lose momentum. So I
maintain the discipline of a post a day. The upside of my work life is that
when I am home I can be at home for several months at a time so the
projects sometimes surge ahead!
I build two kinds
of models: the "canon" are the core masterpieces that you can see on this
web site. Canon items are normally superdetailed, heavily researched,
accurate and take three years to build! In addition there are other
"quick-build" projects that I do with (& for) my
daughter (who is currently nine years of age in 2016). I have no intention
of brain-washing my little girl into being a model maker but having a go at
Dad's hobbies are part of her naturally curious nature. It is healthy for
any kid to have a go at this sort of hobby - plus it is good Daddy/Daughter
learning to make models from my Dad at her age. Mostly I had to watch as he
built and painted. After a while he handed the tools over to me and I had a
go at what I had learnt. With my daughter the hobby is broader than just
model aeroplanes as it includes building imaginary things out of Lego,
making toys out of wood, snap-together models, different topics like
Dinosaurs, Rockets, Space-ships, etc.