John Tham aka JT Models
Occupation Financial Analyst
modeling bug bit me when I bought a 1/72 scale Airacobra and a tube of
glue (both Airfix products) from MPH Stamford in 1978. The build was sloppy
- unpainted with visible glue stains! It resembled an aircraft nevertheless,
and at 8, i felt a sense of achievement, but more importantly it was fun.
I built mostly aircraft at the beginning, but shifted to AFVs over time.
I later picked up airbrushing and detailing in my teens by buying the
necessary tools and books written by Shep Paine and Francois Verlinden,
and skipping lunch (well, the money had to come from somewhere).
NS, studies, and a 24x7 job somewhere in my career path resulted in a
break away from my beloved hobby. When the tech bubble burst, I ditched
the 24x7 job before it could ditch me, and found myself a job where there
was more certainty of a lunch break. One fateful lunch hour in 2002, I
chanced upon MH at Marina Square.
How modeling had progressed! The quality, range and availability of modeling
products were something I only dreamt about when I was growing up, and
the finesse and skills of the modellers - out of this world.
I wanted to model again. Luck was with me and I met Bernard Cher, M Workshop's
founder, who patiently taught me the way (and still does!). It was also
my good fortune to have met other modellers who I continue to learn and
get inspiration from.
My job in the banking sector has some long and unpredictable hours. However,
I try to squeeze in some modeling time whenever I can (usually after midnight)
because to me, finishing a model today is still as fun to me as it was
when I completed my Airacobra in '78.