Artist Showcase - John Douglass

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John Douglass' fascination with plastic model began as a toddler with the tiny airplanes from an aircraft carrier kit, and quickly grew as he did. Discovering science fiction as soon as he could read, spaceships soon became all he wanted to build. Kits having always been rare, he soon turned to creating his own models out of found objects and parts of other kits. His greatest inspiration became the pocketbook covers by the great hardware artists, such as Paul Alexander and John Berkey, and especially Chris Foss and his use of garish paint schemes.

Over the last 25 years John has built a dozen or so spaceship models a year, winning awards at local model contests and Wonderfest, the annual science fiction and fantasy model-building contest and convention. Images of his ships have been used in online games, student films, book covers by Dave Seeley, and in the Dark Horse comic Float Out.

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Artwork: Pod Freighter