Friday, January 21, 2022

In memory of sculptor, model maker and my friend John Harding


John Harding 
1956 - 2021

I never had the chance to meet John in person but the friendship we shared on Facebook was a great one. John lived with his wife Gaynor in Worcester, Worcstershire England. I told John his town name always made me think of my favorite Daffy Duck character "The Shropshire Slasher" which gave us both a laugh. And we would enjoy messaging each other back and forth about model kits we were working on and everyday aggravations that most people would cause us. 

Then one day John messaged me that he was making AURORA monster model kits. And I told him to definitely put me down for one.

He made one for me as soon as I got the payment out to him and I was not disappointed when I had opened the box here in The Storage Unit of Terror. 

Quite a few people had purchased John's creations and painted them in their own style. Everyone had their own influences and memories put into their paints. And I had mine as well.

A lot of us were introduced to AURORA model company through the classic monsters series and/or the car kits and I love both. I became hooked on weathering vehicles and weathered the AURORA logo in that style, painted the monsters and tomb stones in my current style and the bottom lettering in Frightening Lightning style because I love the Glow in The Dark versions too.   

John had literally worked on these up to the time of his passing in July and I will always be thankful that I was able to get one of my favorite art pieces from an artist I'm able to call a friend. 

Keep an eye on my table spot till we meet up at that Great Monster Convention in The Sky...