|Darren Baker, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF|
Darren has been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point he is at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, he has had lots of opportunities to see military hardware from many different nations close up on an almost daily basis, and is lucky enough to live right next to the home of the Empire Test Pilots School.
|Kevin Brant, MANAGING EDITOR, NEWS DESK|
Kevin grew up in Ontario, Canada, spend a lot of his younger days hanging around hobby shops. He actually hung around one hobby shop so long, they hired him. During his stint in the U.S.A.F. he drifted away from the hobby, then came a girl, marriage and kids. He found his way back into the hobby by trying to introduce the children to model railroading. After building a couple of railroads, he found his way back the model section of the hobby store, and re-found his love of building again. He then found his way to Armorama, and volunteered to help give back to the hobby.
|Henk Meerdink, NEWS WRITER|
Henk Meerdink built his first model at the age of 8, and has been building models ever since. Life interrupted at regular intervals, but in 2001 he picked up the hobby once more, until 2010 when a divorce meant that models went in storage. After a hiatus of three years, during which Henk lived on a boat selling coal and logs, the bug has bitten once more. His interests include such diverse subjects as Large Scale Figures, Civilian Trucks and Wooden Sailing Ships, but his passion lies with 1/35 Military Vehicles.
|James Bella, HR MANAGER|
James has been building one thing or another since an early age. With his main interest in 1/35 scale WWII armor, James will branch out into other genres and scales once in awhile, as the mood takes him. Having spent his first 40+ years as a New Yorker, James now resides in California with his lovely wife and two sons.
|Keith Forsyth, SENIOR EDITOR|
Keith Forsyth (docdios) comes from the small town of Stafford in the United Kingdom. He began his interest in modeling at an early age with armor being the main focus. It was not until finding himself between jobs in 1995 that he really got hooked. It was during a shopping visit to another town when he came across a small modeling shop which just happened to stock Verlinden items and books. It was Verlinden's first book that set him on the road to discovering Dioramas. After becoming hooked on building plastic models he joined the local IPMS branch in his home town. It was this group of people who really helped him along in the early days.
|Engin Kayral, SENIOR EDITOR|
As the young son of a modeling Air Force colonel, Engin started modelling aircraft at 8 years old. After donating more than 60 aircraft models to the TuAF Air Traffic Control Training Labs when he was 25, Engin changed interests from aircraft to armor and dioramas. In addition to being a Senior Editor on Armorama, Engin is also the Editor of Turkorama (Turkish Community Forum). Engin lives in Izmir on Turkey's Aegean coast with his wife and 2 sons.
|Mario Matijasic, SENIOR EDITOR|
Mario Matijasic (Maki) comes from Zagreb, Croatia. He started modeling at an early age with airplanes being in the focus of his interests. After that came a more serious modeling phase with 1/35 scale vehicles and dioramas. He soon discovered large scale figures and never looked back... Mario is a member of a local modeling club (MK Grunf) and likes to spend time with his clubmates; sometimes modeling, more often just enjoying a beer.
Mario joined Armorama at the very beginnings of Kitmaker Network. His staff career started on Historicus Forma Modeling, but after couple of years he joined the ranks of Armorama staff as an Associate Editor, very soon being promoted to Senior Editor.
|Tom Cromwell, ASSOCIATE EDITOR|
Model-builder, father, husband, archaeologist, surveyor, in roughly that order - Tom has been building kits since the 1970s. His interests are varied, but now it is mainly trains (Long Island Rail Road, a Pennsy sub) and of course armour. Shermans are a specialty!
|Mario Krajinovic, ASSOCIATE EDITOR, REVIEWS|
Mario comes from Croatia. He's been modeling like everyone else; buying one kit at the time and few colors with no troubles painting the wrong shade of green to everything. He started taking models seriously and soon shifted to 1/48 scale airplanes and 1/35 vehicles and dioramas of the modern variety and is still following the same path. Mario is a member of a modeling club in Zagreb, MK Grunf where he usually kicks back with his club-members. He's currently an Associate Editor on Armorama
|Matthew Lenton, ASSOCIATE EDITOR|
Being into making and painting stuff, history, and old photos, it might have been inevitable that Matthew would return to this hobby after years of intermittent interest, though it was only during a shopping trip in the new town he and his family had moved to that it was really rekindled. Hooked into Armorama by the lure of a feature writing competition (didn't win), he retains the slight obsession with Eastern front armour and grimness started by getting a copy of "PanzerGrendadiers" as a teenager. Main activity is braille scale, though there's a few "Duplo" size kits in the queue. Works in IT as an "information manager".
|Dave Oliver, NEWS WRITER|
Dave started modelling after receiving a 1/144 Brewster buffalo as a Christmas present at the age of 6. Not letting this put him off, he carried on modelling into his teens until adolescence got in the way, resuming the hobby about 4 years ago. He builds armour and aircraft, the more unusual the better...
|John Pereira, CAMPAIGNS ADMINISTRATOR, COMMUNITY|
John has discovered modeling by a friend's father who had dozens of WWII fighters and some great WWII Armour Dioramas. When moving to Belgium in the 80's he discovered Verlinden's books and got hooked. During the 90's I got away from modeling for several years. But now there's always something at the bench or gathering dust on a shelve....Armour or Aircraft. John has worked in several different areas, from Web Design to Pharmaceutical Marketing.
|Bill Cross, CONTRIBUTING WRITER|
I have written professionally for many years, and hope to use those skills to help with the review copy for Armorama. My personal interests are World War II German armor and aircraft, and I have spent some time studying a few vehicles and aircraft in detail (Sd.Kfz.7 and BF-110 G-4). I work in the marketing world, and enjoy my hobby time as a way to keep from having to be scraped off the wall at the end of the week.
|Alan McNeilly, CONTRIBUTING WRITER|
Alan has been writing reviews and other content here on Armorama for many years now and we are glad to have him on staff as a Contributing Writer.
|Jim Starkweather, PUBLISHER|
Jim is the founder and sole software developer for the KitMaker Network. He created Armorama back in 2001 as a hobby to learn more about how to build large community Web sites. As someone who had built models, Jim was hoping that creating a fun and interactive site covering scale modeling might even get him back into the hobby (and it has). In addition to working as the publisher for the KitMaker Network, Mr. Starkweather is also founder and owner of Silver Star Enterprises (www.silver-star.net), a Web/Internet services company. He lives in Clovis, California with his wife and daughter.
|Dave O'Meara, CONSIGLIERE|
Dave’s interests run the entire spectrum of model making. Professing to be an “expert in nothing”, Dave has built just about everything from old carve your own balsa blocks, to plank on frame over the past half century. Dave firmly believes that “Experience is a great factor in overcoming problems, and simple is usually the best solution, striving for improvement, and understanding limitations is the key to enjoying this hobby”.