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MSW Artist Profile~Jim Baumann
Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: July 13, 2004
KitMaker: 6,705 posts
ModelGeek: 918 posts
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 08:31 PM UTC
Ahoy mates!

This month, we spend a little time with UK ship modeler Jim Baumann, in a little Q&A session, in the next installment of our "MSW Artist Profile" series!

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South Australia, Australia
Joined: March 28, 2005
KitMaker: 353 posts
ModelGeek: 6 posts
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 11:12 PM UTC
Jim - nice to meet you...

I especially loved your "surrounded by models" answer, and for tools, a 2nd PC in the model area - I agree. I am half there, but no wireless router or net connection. (I'm hoping to eventually hook up and camera-up, so my mate in the US and I can model together at the same time, like back in high-shool (around a card table!)

Your comments on photos vs plans was excellent, a good lesson for us all. And speaking of photos, love your work. The Hog island dio especially, and the Imperial Russian, but really, all detailed, and alive and real... and excellent water!

Joined: July 03, 2007
KitMaker: 3,529 posts
ModelGeek: 318 posts
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 11:42 PM UTC
Jim, thank you for sharing with us. You projects are great. The WIG aircraft are something you don’t see very often, neither is a hydrofoil on its foils.

I also agree with the photo over plan comment. Sometimes a little research can go a long way. Thank you again!

Rhone, France
Joined: November 04, 2005
KitMaker: 1,845 posts
ModelGeek: 114 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 02:07 AM UTC
What? no "Sinking of the Szent Istvan"? That's my prefered of Jim's works!
Jim's boats were certainly missing from the Artists profile series, so thanks Mark for bringing that one out - What a great trip through 150 years of the History of the ship.. Alongside a few surprises like The Ekranoplane (is it the right way to write?)
What's pretty good is that all those pics and this absolutely perfect work give an idea of the kind of infinite ship modelers can dream to reach..

Lisboa, Portugal
Joined: February 28, 2002
KitMaker: 5,182 posts
ModelGeek: 219 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 04:01 AM UTC
Yes it was fun and very enjoyable feature to read and especially to look!
Knowing Jim in person, one thing that the reading don't show, is that Jim is a very good person (apart from being an excellent ship modeler)!
Friendly, always helpful, open minded, he would go the extra mile for help others.

Jim as also the credit of being a modeler that has united ship modelers from every corner of the world - see my tag line and you will understand how important this is to me!!!

We should have no limit of photos in Artist Profiles
Thanks Jim
Thanks Mark

Ontario, Canada
Joined: September 15, 2005
KitMaker: 1,901 posts
ModelGeek: 242 posts
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 10:44 AM UTC
I love the historical diversity in Jim's collection. It's as if Jim is trying to recreate every step of naval development over the last 200 years. As far as the quality of the collection, it is beautiful and inspiring. I look forward to your future builds.

Thank you Mark, and thank you Jim,
Pennsylvania, United States
Joined: April 25, 2007
KitMaker: 157 posts
ModelGeek: 0 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 10:29 AM UTC
I've always admired Jim's work. He always shares his techniques with everyone and helps anyone who asks for his assistance. He's one of the best builders around, and also one of the nicest people around at the same time!
Joined: August 02, 2007
KitMaker: 2,458 posts
ModelGeek: 97 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 11:19 AM UTC
hello Mark,
Thank you for the profile on Jim Baumann.He is a true master of Ship Modeling.Loved all the models,it shows me what i can do if i keep at it.
Louisiana, United States
Joined: April 13, 2005
KitMaker: 5,422 posts
ModelGeek: 144 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 11:27 AM UTC
Thank you so much for sharing Jim. What a wonderful read and your models are truly inspiring.
New Jersey, United States
Joined: October 18, 2007
KitMaker: 1,698 posts
ModelGeek: 9 posts
Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 01:13 PM UTC
Most incredible work... not only construction of course, but just love that era.... thanks for sharing!