Monday, October 12, 2015

The Passing of Another Giant....

This hardly got a mention in the press, so I had missed it until two months after the fact. One of the great influences of modern day scale modeling passed away back in August. Sheperd Paine, who created the How To Build Dioramas series for Monogram Models and later went on to author a series of books for Kalmbach in the 1980s, died on August 1, 2015 at age 69 after suffering a stroke.

Shep's influence on me, as well as countless modelers around the world, can not be understated. He was also a huge influence on my interest in photography and there's a little bit of his method and ideas in every image I take. The world has become a slightly less for his passing and I mourn the loss of a great artist and personal influence.


  1. How sad you must feel at his passing GT, I guess it would be like loosing a friend, please accept my condolences.
    Big hugs,

    1. Not as hard as losing a friend (I did that this year too) but definitely the loss of a great influence. I recall carrying my first copy of "How To Build Dioramas" just about everywhere with me as a young teen. I feel like I absorbed it, kind of like the people who remembered books in "Fahrenheit 451".

      I appreciate your condolences though. It was definitely hard to hear of Shep's passing.