Welcome to Steel Beach Accessories!
NOTE: I wanted to update you on some changes I'm going to make to the Steel Beach Accessories line. I've been doing this for almost 14 years, which kind of surprised me when I did the math. Thanks to all of you who've helped make that happen. Lately, life has been getting extremely busy and I'm having a hard time keeping up with filling out of stock items. Because of that, I haven't had a chance to work on new projects I'd like to do, as well as not having much time at the bench to build for local museums, FSM, or even myself. The most important thing, however, is spending time with my wife and two daughters. One is only a couple years away from college, and I don't want to miss spending time with her. I've decided that I'm going to remove many of the older sets from the product list. Many need new molds made and some of the masters need repairing. I'm also not completely happy with some of the older masters. I will keep sets that have sold well and all sets from the past couple of years, but everything else will only be available until remaining stocks run out. If I get time down the road, I may make new molds, but I have to decide if it's worth it or not from a financial standpoint.
About Us: Steel Beach was started in 2004 when I was building F-14 models for VF-11 Red Rippers. I was using the 1/48 scale R/M kit and needed to convert it to an F-14B. A friend introduced me to resin casting so that I could make the appropriate parts. Some other modelers saw the parts and wanted them. I partnered with Sprue Brothers to sell my products, and it has grown from there. I sincerely thank all of you who purchased Steel Beach products and helped support us. YOU ARE APPRECIATED!
Our Goal: The main mission for SB is to provide modelers with quality, economical aftermarket items that make building easier. SB is a small (and I mean small...as in my basement!) operation, but I strive to provide you with items that you can use without too much hassle.
How the Name Came About: Being a Nav Air kind of guy, I naturally gravitated towards that theme when I was thinking up a name for the business. During safety stand downs on ships, they have "steel beach" parties up on deck with games and cookouts. I thought that this was fitting, since I wanted Steel Beach to be a fun, relaxed venture.
About Me: I've been building models for over 40 years, and I credit my dad for getting me started. My main focus is on modern Navy jets, especially the F-14 Tomcat. I contribute to Finescale Modeler, build for various museums, and have built for a number of Navy and Air Force fighter squadrons.