David Fischer has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for many years, but an interest in model building has been life-long. In many ways, the two interests support each other-- the building bringing accuracy and solidity to the graphics, while a knowledge of typography and design adds a level of interest not usually seen in display models. He started building kits in 1955, began adding authentic colors and detail in 1965, moved on to extensively researching and heavily modifying kits to represent specific original subjects, then made the short jump to building from scratch in 1976.
The models represent diverse subjects but share many points in common. All are extensively researched and built from drawings prepared exclusively for that model-- adequate drawings for these subjects were not available. All are built primarily from styrene plastic, though other materials are selected for structural purposes and special effects, and ALL parts are made for each model with no kit, commercial or found parts used in any way. Parts that are duplicated more than two or three times are cast in various materials from built-up masters. Many other techniques come into play as each project evolves: machining and lathe-turning of metals and plastics, construction of custom tools and assembly jigs, vacuum forming, photo etching, surface texturing and weathering with various artist's materials. Every attempt is made to add detail at the smallest level that can be seen, though "creative gizmology"-- adding random pieces to give the impression of detail-- is never utilized.