Archive for June, 2019


As posted on Patreon

I have a Patreon account and supporters. I posted this this morning.

So what’s next?

What’s next you may or may not ask? I’m finishing my art show which will happen in August. “Out There with Steve Neill” Any of you close enough should come. I’ll post the dates soon. I’m nearly finished. Several sculptures, 12 paintings. Full sized gray sculptures and a VR experience with Vive.

As soon as the few remaining pieces are finished (now that I can get back to them after 2 months of hell) I’m at long last finishing the robot. As soon as certain people pay me off from the money still owed to me I’ll be able to purchase the materials I need to finish him and I’m looking forward to it.

Don’t forget people I’m not rich and live on a fixed income of my SAG pension and social security. Any little sales I make or projects I get are my mad money which why I really appreciate the support I get from all of you. Every little bit helps.

My savings and any surplus money I had was eaten up my my late wife’s passing. So I’m fortunate to have my pension and SC. Without it and you there would be no SNG Studio.


Finished and delivered

Jun 26 at 7:23amFinished Station Pictures

Eliot Brown is my hero. He made this Orion in record time and all from scratch by the seat of his pants.

The model is finished of course and has since been sent to SF by very capable hands the shippers were amazing and knew what they are doing.

Now it’s at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art unscaved by human hands unlike other more recent shipping experiences I have had. 

These guys were pros and only handle museum fragiles. They cost a lot of course but then again you get what you pay for.

I get this model back in Feb. 2020.


SNG Studio Forum

Here we can be free of Facebook, trolls and politics. Just the joy of creativity. Models, props, monsters, art, sculpture, model airplanes, submarines and boats, creatures and even your CGI animation and model work.


Butterflies are Free

I have left behind Face book and almost all forums and social media with the exception of my three blogs. The noise level just got to be too much. The level of stupidity, ignorance, arrogance, the endless hate, feuds is something that brings my spirit down and that’s something I won’t allow.

It is obvious to me that the human race is on the edge of some kind of reckoning and as it gets closer the noise level is increasing. Even driving on the freeways is an act of hate, and disrespect to innocent people. I have never seen in all my 50 years of driving seen such bad, mean dangerous driving and it gets worse every time I go out. If I didn’t drive defensively and watch my mirrors 360 at all times I’d be long dead. Thank the universe I’m smarter than they are.

But the same attitude floods religion, politics, and social media. I’m so tired of bullies.

Some of us just want to live peaceful, creative and intelligent lives. We don’t want to die or devote our lives to countries, flags or gods. We just want to love our families and friends. Love is the key word. To go in peace and love not to be caught up in bullshit of those very things I just listed. It’s a choice and a damn good one.

So I’m flying low under the radar of the hive of fools and creating my own reality. My friend Adam Savage meant what he said in his immortal words, “I reject your reality and substitute my own”, very wise words from a very wise man. It’s as real as anything else you can create.

Mary is reading me a book right now I highly recommend. It’s called “ButterFlies Are Free”. I would suggest to anyone that scoffs at the idea that time, space, and reality is flexible and not bound to any one perception of reality that they should read this science fact based study of reality first. Because little of what you may think is solid and real is. Not in the traditionally excepted but dated concept many if not most live by and have since the days public executions, but what science has learned about our alleged reality that for the most part 98 % of the population is completely unaware of.

When I first read Fred Alan Wolf’s Quantum Physics for Dummies in 1981 he was laughed at and so was I when I tried to tell people about it. Much the same as they did to Galileo when his telescope revealed we were wrong about the structure of the solar system. We weren’t the center of the universe. Oh what a shame.

Who’s laughing now?  Well not me. To me it’s just sad and when I was on face book if I posted what I’m writing now I’d be stoned to death, before you through the first stone at me research first. You might just learn that things are different than when you last checked.




FAA Closing RC and Free Flight model fields down

I know I have talked about this before but now the nightmare has come true. The FAA showed up at a huge AMA sanctioned event for RC jets observed the event and promptly shut down the flying site in Van Nuys CA. that has been active since the 30’s without incident to the nearby Van Nuys airport in all that time.

If that wasn’t enough they close the Free Flight rubber powered airplanes field adjacent to the RC field as well.

Then the idiots with there long winded speeches about saying it was about time they took down these menace “Toy” airplanes out of the sky to make way for “Real Airplanes” started in.

First they are real airplanes. Last time I checked they look like a airplane and fly in the air like a airplane. So they are a real airplane. I could go on but I won’t bore you. 

I found this month’s issue of Model Aviation Magazine to be most effective against the “Toy Airplanes” morons and I use it every chance I get because it is the best example ever to why our hobby is so important and why young people should be taught and mentored about the hobby. I need not say more.

I rest my case. Toy airplanes? Really?

If you want to read the whole article it’s on my photobucket account. I used it to interest the local school district about our FAC group and how we can get the local kids interested in the hobby. We were ignored. Maybe I should show them “Flight of the Phoenix” another best case scenario.

Just open each image in a new tab by right clicking and selecting. You can then zoom in to read it.

Lastly trying to police this is a joke. I am laughing at the authorities who can’t police the use of texting and driving which is killing more people than drinking and driving. Just fly smart and off their radar. As for the contests the people running them will have diplomatic and creative.

In closing it’s OK for me to own a gun which far worse can be done with than a model airplane but I can’t fly my models?

The real deal here is we are a threat to the upcoming and recently FAA approved Amazon delivery drones. And then there’s the Uber air taxi.

BTW they are closing a lot of fields and also glider hills and slopes where we fly radio controlled silent gliders.

But that’s OK you can still have your gun and drive down the freeway with total want and disregard texting and driving at speeds of 100 miles mph and passing people on the right in the bike lane. I know this is true because it just happened to me on Hwy 1.


TOS # 3 build never released

Jun 9 at 8:58amReleased to the public

This was unlisted now you can see it. Enjoy.



Jun 8 at 9:45pmFinished?

For all intentional purposes it is. However there are things I want to make better tomorrow. None which will show in another batch of pictures. Little tiny nitpicks of mine. 

I added another 200 parts today I hand cut in 3 hours. If you notice the back wheel has the rigging too bringing this build to a close.

Back to my Iron Giant on Monday.


Almost done…

Still have the unfinished wheel to add rigging to.


Cable Mania…it’s fun…its exciting…and everyone should be doing it!

So I’m in cable mania but found a solution that won’t take 4 weeks to do since we don’t have 4 weeks.

At this scale these parts are pretty small and to make them exactly the same as what they had at this 1/3rd scale would be the pathway to madness. The simple solution was to use Evergreen poly styrene off the shelf and music wire. At this rate it takes about and hour and a half to do one times 16 of them.

This means the model is finished at long last this weekend. However I need the remaining time to go back over a groom the shit out of it. There’s so much to tidy up but if you needed it tomorrow we have it and hanging from the ceiling it would look fine and we know the lights work. They have been burning for days. No heat, no blinks and no problems.

Two down and 14 more of these assemblies to make and this model is done. We are on day 49. Keep in mine I only work 4 hours a day on it. Maybe 5 7 days a week. See the Messerschmidt? I’d rather being flying!


The Big E Story all in one place

I just have number 47 yet to upload. You can download them too. Got to love Vimeo. They beat the pants off YouTube! Enjoy!

June 2019

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