I was first exposed to partwork models in 2016 when I saw an online advertisement for the Eaglemoss 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean. That car (and the films) are one of my top favorite vehicles of all time and I wanted a big display version of it! Unfortunately, back then, it was only available in Europe and I live in the US.
Then, in 2017, Eaglemoss released the DeLorean build in the USA. As exciting as that was, I still could not commit to it financially. It took almost two more years, into late 2018, before I was comfortable enough to sign up for the subscription and start building my own model!
Before I even received my first parts, I watched others build the car online, I followed build forums and Facebook groups. I discovered a community of people that are incredibly helpful, friendly, and compassionate about the same things. I knew I could help others by sharing my own build experience too. I bought a domain name, set up a basic WordPress site at mybttfdelorean.com, and wrote basic how-to articles for each issue. I knew pictures spoke louder than words, so I installed some bright studio lighting and used my Canon DSLR to take photographs of the progress.
That first build site grew and grew fast over the next two years. I added more details and more information. I even drove to the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and took hundreds of pictures of the real hero ‘A’ DeLorean to share with the community. The feedback was positive and it was helping people, which makes me feel wonderful. I was enjoying the DeLorean build experience so much, I signed up for two more builds and created sites for them too: my300sl.com and mynissangt-r.com.
By this point, about mid-2019, I was head over heels into building these large-scale models. I signed up for the Eaglemoss James Bond DB5, DeAgostini R2-D2, Dodge Charger, as well as the Hachette Terminator T-800 (which I had to get shipped over from the UK). All of these partworks got their own build sites too.
Come late 2019, Eaglemoss announced the Ghostbusters Ecto-1. Of course, I signed right up and started yet another build site in January 2020. Here I was trying to manage the builds, pictures, editing, writing hosting, WordPress, plugins, security and maintenance on nine different websites all at the same time. By mid year, I started to think I needed to centralize these sites somehow and the idea of myPartworks.com was born! The timing couldn’t be better as I had just added the Eaglemoss Mustang Eleanor and Enterprise NCC-1701-D to the party for early 2021.