Greater New Orleans, Louisiana Area Model Maker

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March 23, 2017

Rieth Creations llc created this "mountain" of boiled crawfish for a Louisiana Tourism commercial a few years ago.

I'm sorry to spoil the illusion. This isn't a full pile of crawfish, but we can dream. Mmmmm crawfish.


A wooden frame was made and covered in window screen painted red. Each crawfish was painstakingly applied with toothpicks, with the legs of the crawfish facing away from the camera. Due to the length of time to make and spoilage, the crawfish mountain was assembled and stored in a rented refrigeration truck until needed on set, think working at the North Pole cold.

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I built my first model when I was 6 years old. Unbeknownst to me, the kit box had been opened and the instruction sheet and decals were missing. It didn't matter. I had to have a model of the jet that flew over my house as it approached for landing at the Naval Air Station. I built it and painted the markings using the raised decal locator lines. It was messy, but it was mine. And I have had a passion for model making and thinking "Outside the box" ever since.

I was influenced by the film, Star Wars. I liked movies and I liked model building. I had to find a way to combine both into a career. I worked my way through college as a self-employed professional model maker, building architectural and engineering models.

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