Dean sorting out yet more car kits. At left is one of his string basses, this one owned originally by his uncle, the recently deceased Connie Milano. Connie was for many years very big on the Chicago music scene, and played alongside many great names, including Charlie Parker, Miles Davies and Nat ‘King' Cole.
A kit I'd never seen before, at least in this box - the original Renwal kit of the Mercedes 300 Gullwing in 1:12 scale
Tamiya Mini competition entrant
Deciding to take a week's break, I've journeyed to Chicago, the Windy City, to visit Dean Milano. Dean was at Revell-Monogram for many years, though like so many of us, he now works for himself.
For some time Dean also ran his own Milano Toy and Model Museum in downtown Elmhurst, a suburb of Chicago. Here was an amazing mix of classic toys and models, with a lot of rare stuff not seen elsewhere. The Museum existed for three years as a physical entity, but as with so many things, rising costs meant its closure, though the Museum still has a virtual existence at Dean's website here.
Currently Dean spends a lot of his time with his other main interest, music - he was a member of 'The New Seekers' group for some time - and has just completed his second album of self-penned songs. Here's a nice song you can listen to, Take the Blue Highway. More songs are on Dean's site.