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Whatever happened to Jim Johnston (aka "roadking" on pF)?

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by Babelfish, Mar 28, 2021.

  1. Babelfish A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    A fine painter from the USA, his last visit here appears to have been in June 2016, and his blog page hasn't been updated since 2014.

    I used to greatly admire his work. Anyone know him in the "real" world who can shed some light?

    http://jimsfigs.blogspot.com/

    - Steve
  2. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    Jim is now a passionate photographer, including competing in competitions with his landscapes & scenes. He shares these on Facebook. This may account in part for his absence here & in other modelling forums.
    MikeTheKiwi
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  3. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Thanks for the heads-up Mike. Good to know he's still OK albeit active in a different hobby these days. As a jack-of-all-trades but a master of none, I always admire (maybe with just a little touch of envy LOL) those guys who seem to excel in whatever they turn their hand to.

    - Steve
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  4. Martin64 A Fixture

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    Germany
    There were other reasons as well - might have been linked to the "deadbeat-list" of the former Redlancers-Modelshop...
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  5. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    What's all that then? First I've heard about it.

    - Steve
  6. Martin64 A Fixture

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    Germany
    Chuck Robinson listed up people who had burned him in business and owed him considerable amounts of cash... I respect Jim`s work as an artist but can confirm that his reliability in business was different.
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  7. pkessling Active Member

    As Mike mentioned, Jim is now an accomplished photographer.
    Like many of us, I think he found another passion. I haven’t picked up a figure in over 15 years and life is too busy to start again.
    I will be liquidating my 400+ grey army over the next year or so.
  8. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Ah OK. I wouldn't know about any of that and am not going to get sucked into it. I just like his work.

    - Steve
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  9. Martin64 A Fixture

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    Germany
    no need that anyone gets sucked into anything - you asked and that`s what I know about it. I liked his work and his company Fort Duquesne released some very nice kits.
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  10. Babelfish A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Well well, I never knew that he was the man behind the Fort Dusquene brand. You learn something every day!

    Thanks for sharing your info, Martin.

    - Steve
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  11. theBaron A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Yeah, Jim retired, as it were, from figures a couple of years ago. I think it was 2017. I last saw him at that time, when he took a table at our show (MFCA) to sell the remainder of his own stash. He made a post on Facebook at that time, too, about focusing on photography (no pun intended, but I'll take it).

    Prost!
    Brad
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  12. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Country:
    England
    Is Chuck Robinson still about? I met him over here a couple of times.

    Phil
  13. sd0324 PlanetFigure Supporter


    No, Chuck passed on a while back and I will really miss seeing him at shows and visiting with him at his shop. He was a unique individual.

    Steve
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  14. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    England
    Always enjoyed your articles and work phil, in fact l painted a figure last month using an article by you as a painting guide, couldn't match your expertise though.

    Best wishes.

    Keith
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  15. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    England
    That's a shame. He was a good guy and a major driver of the figure modelling hobby in the 'States (and here too for that matter). Thanks Steve.

    Phil
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  16. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

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    England
    Life moves on Phil. I have good memories of your articles and output and yours is one of the names whose work inspired me. I wish you well sir(y)

    Phil
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