I often get asked how I got started in the 3D business. The answer is I just did it. Our projects started small and were for ourselves. It was a great way to learn.
We've been going through old photos lately and I came across this one, taken over 30 years ago. It was of Peter and Becke, when they were small. We were working on our family parade float - a biplane. Becke was dubbed the pilot and her job was to keep the airplane propeller spinning. Peter got the more adventuresome task of wing walking - complete with a parachute pack. The plane, made from plywood scraps and old signs was perched on my home made kayak trailer. It got a papermache skin and a paint job after this test flight. We also fashioned some clouds to cover the right yellow trailer. Note the seagull in front trying it's best to get out the the way. My golf cart had donated it's wheels for the occasion.
The plane was one of my earliest full 3D projects. Obviously I had much to learn and new materials to explore but this first effort looks pretty cool - even now. I know it was a big hit with the kids at the time and that was the important thing.