Hey there. I'm a Trek fan from the very first broadcast episode when I was a mere lad of seven. I've been into scale modeling since about the same age, probably because the toys of that period were horribly inaccurate, made of really cheap materials, and often as not the subject I wanted just didn't exist. I mostly stayed in the scale modeling hobby world learning to first properly build and paint them, then make minor modifications, followed by fairly major mods and conversions. I still have the 537th scale Reliant conversion I made in the 1980s of the AMT refit kit (although it looks rather clumsy to me now). Eventually I moved on to full scratch build projects, including things like 1/32 scale TNG type 6 shuttle and shuttle pods with full interiors.
In the last few years I got back into cosplay after I discovered that I didn't feel like a complete (mostly old) fool at the local comic cons (which LA has quite a few of). As part of the cosplay I really think an unmodified toy phaser (even if it's an Art Asylum) just doesn't work. It's even worse if the prop phaser, communicator or tricorder just hangs off the belt with a metal clip or gets stuck in a pocket. So I have learned a bit about making leather holsters for my TNG phasers and plastic holder for TNG tricorders.
Recently I even built a full TNG/DS9 type III phaser rifle completely out of sheet plastic. It came out nice, but really taught me that I need to expand my wood cutting and carving tools and start making the larger stuff out of wood cores like some of the originals were.
I also have just started to learn 3D modeling (so far confined to Blender) and some 2D imaging for decals (probably need a better printer for that).
So anyways.... I'm really eager to move further out of my comfort zone. Grow some 3D parts, make my own graphics, and so on. I'm here to see what I can learn and share with fellow enthusiasts. You folk probably know a lot of things I do not, hopefully I have some skill buried deep down that I can share with you. - John