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Meet the Staff


Mark Savage

As a kid, Mark built car and aircraft models; his first kit he can remember was an F-101 Voodoo, but he built a lot of vintage car and race car models, too. Since then, he has added die-cast models, slot car racing, and snowmobiling to his “favorites” list. Mark joined Kalmbach Publishing after 25 years as a daily newspaper journalist, where he became an auto review columnist (“Savage on Wheels”), something he continues as a side interest. At KPC, Mark first was editor of Model Retailer, a hobby trade magazine, before becoming editor of American Snowmobiler. He happily rejoins the hobby world as Scale Auto’s editor and where his office — a near shrine to model and die-cast cars — fits right in.

Robby DeGraff

Robby joined the Scale Auto team in 2017, ready to throw it into high gear and unleash the true, inner car geek in him. He's an avid die-cast collector and has had gasoline running in his blood since he was a child. When he's not backpacking, skiing, or exploring state and national parks, he wrenches around on an older Chevrolet Camaro and an '81 Honda CB650. Robby studied Advertising, Public Relations, and Journalism at Loyola University Chicago. Off the clock, he writes routinely on his travel blog and freelances for automotive sites and

Monica Freitag

Monica has been a member of the Scale Auto editorial staff since May 2003. She has spent much of her career at Kalmbach Publishing Co. as the Editorial Assistant for FineScale Modeler magazine. Aside from keeping the operations of the magazine office running smoothly, she is also responsible for reporting new products. Monica lives in Milwaukee with her two children and a tuxedo cat named Mitten. She enjoys gardening, reading the Sunday paper (before anyone else is up!), movies, and music.

Cameron VanDerHorst

Cam VanDerHorst is a modeler, car enthusiast, and writer from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He’s written for Autoweek, The Drive, and BMW Car Club of America, among others, and spent a decade on and off working at a hobby shop in his hometown. He’s also the event coordinator for the Crawford Auto & Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, frequently hosting IPMS events in the rotunda in the shadow of a P-51 Mustang air racer and a vast collection of vintage automobiles. Hobbies include wrenching on his full-size cars and motorcycles, playing the drums and ukulele, paintball, and tending to his chickens. He lives with his girlfriend, two Siamese cats, and a basement full of unbuilt model cars amassed during his years at the hobby shop.

Bob Downie


Tim Boyd

Tim Boyd has authored over 500 published articles in more than thirty different publications over the last 40 years. His monthly “Modeler’s Corner” column ran for 17 years in Street Rodder magazine, while his first article for Scale Auto appeared in the November/December 1979 issue. Since then he has prepared more than 250 articles and columns for Scale Auto readers. Tim’s books include “Collecting Model Car and Truck Kits” (MBI Publishing, 2001) and “Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits” (CarTech Books, 2018).  In 2001 he was elected to the International Model Car Museum’s Hall of Fame, and is now retired from a 35-year marketing and design career in the automotive industry.     


Mark D. Jones

Mark Jones is a second-generation modeler from Southern California. He is perhaps best known for the series of Caterham models he's built. With exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail, Mark's models have won almost every significant award in car modeling. He's also involved in contest administration in Southern California, and actively participates in several online modeling forums.

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Jeff Bloomhuff

As a kid, Jeff Bloomhuff was drawn to model kits tied to his favorite TV shows of the day, Knight Rider and The Dukes of Hazzard.  Today he's passionate about showroom stock & replica builds of cars from the 1950s to the present. Known for muscle era Mopar builds, he sites Finnish model builder Juha Airio as his biggest inspiration. He resides in northeast Ohio with his wife, Sarah, and sons Holden and Chase. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications/Public Relations from the University of Akron.  Away from the bench, he enjoys exercise, history museums, and rooting for Cleveland's sports teams.

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