Updated: September 30, 2004|
Born in Montreal in 1960. Always fascinated by Science Fiction, from the age
of 4-5 until today. Have been building models for 35 plus years. I have
many fond memories of watching Star Trek, Lost in Space, and VTTBOTS through
the long, cold Canadian winters. I just can't walk past a hobby or toy store
without checking out the Space Toys! Worked as a Production Assistant,
Scenic and Set artist, Stage Manager and then Propmaster during the 70's and
80's. Clients included Paramount Pictures, M TV Productions, Walt Disney,
and many many more. Worked with many top Rock acts of those days. Iggy Pop,
Foreigner, The Pretenders, Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Jefferson Starship
and The Moody Blues. Started selling kits on E-Bay under the seller name of
Normandin, and ode to my recently departed Grandfather.
Was very surprised when they began selling faster than I could produce them on
a part-time basis. Then established The Kit Factory in my small workshop/garage
converted into a studio. There, I create the props that have really begun to
"get around". I am surprised at the high quality of people that enjoy this
art form. Nasa Technicians, Police Forensic Specialists, Boeing Technicians,
and Executives of all walk of life make up my clients list.
I have been contacted by many people for special kit building projects. Over
the last 6 months. I have delivered many different props and models to over
14 countries. This was supposed to be an after-retirement hobby. It has
turned out to be a second career for me. I have enjoyed this experience
tremendously and continue to strive to make the best kit I am capable of. I
hope to do this for a long time to come! S.Mercs 11/2/2003
As far as the Seaview Diorama, it is the same backround as the one I used
for the Flying Sub. The same rock too! :) My little Seaviews sell very well
on E-Bay. A very smooth airbrush finish in Dark Ghost Grey gets that "almost
Blue" hue the sub was painted in. The ballast ports are flat Black, and the
windows are painted a warm Yellow to simulate lighting. A lit up version is
on the drawing table! The Diorama Base is painted in glossy sea colors,
Algae Green, and different Browns overlapped. This and the Flying Sub are my
two most popular Props.
Amazing how Irwin Allen still captivates the young, and young-at-heart. The
Jupiter-2 kits I sent pics of are 2 different props. The basic Polar Light
Chrome version is a "Trophy" Piece and gets some accent hand painting. The
Huge 24" Vacuum formed version is featured on one of my "on the workbench"
website pages at www.thekitfactory.com. There you will find a good description
for this prop and the assembly details.
It had the full treatment, internal illumination and refractors. External
illumination and fiber optic strands in the Hull Breach detail. All powered
by 2, 9 Volt Batteries hidden under the Fusion Core. A "Crash Scene" version
was requested by the client. Airbrush re-entry markings and a very detailed
exterior paintwork were also part of the package. Micro-electronic details
were imbedded in the Hull Breach detail to really give the impression of
sub-dermal damage exposing internal components.
Very cool prop!
Thought you might want some of these shots of the Prototype of my 13 inch
Seaview prop. It has cabin lighting, lit laser/searchlight, and red engine
glow effect. It's a pretty cool little prop and comes on a Black base with
switch and brass pole swivel. Or, on the Original diorama base with the
battery power pack connected by wire to be concealed.