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@mrieth Michael E Rieth

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I’m a retired Lieutenant Fire Fighter. I have also been a professional model maker since 1982. I built my first model when I was 6 years old. When Star Wars came out, since I like building models and I like movies, I decided I would combine the 2 into a career. I worked as a practical effects miniature and special effects rigger in the commercial and film industry in the New Orleans area. I worked with a computer controlled motion control camera sytem until CGI Computer Graphic Imaging took over the special effects industry.

My hobby interests are predominantly US Navy/USMC Aviation, especially WWII, but will build anything that inspires me and recreating dioramas.

Diorama of Steven Spielberg’s 1941 Movie

A Diorama of the Movie, 1941. The diorama was built for the iModeler at the Movies Group Build. It is 1/48 scale. Everything is scratch built except for the Hasegawa P-40E and the cab of the Wespe Models Ford 917, converted to a 1939 Ford pick-[...]

F2H-2 Banshee on USS Essex Korean War Diorama

This photo was the inspiration for creating the diorama using the 1/48th scale Kitty Hawk F2H-2/2P Banshee with my Rieth Creations Resin Correction Set. I found it a very interesting juxtaposition ("primitive" to 1950s modern), how the men we[...]

TBF-1 Avenger Battle of Midway Diorama (1/48 Accurate Miniatures)

New Member and first post. I got the inspiration to do this diorama from the Osprey Combat Aircraft #16 TBF/TBM Avenger Units of World War 2 by Barrett Tillman. I based my model on the after-action report. Not only did I try to recreate the b[...]