As a boy, Ara “Lukas” Piranian was fascinated by the professional work of world class Belgian model-builder, Francois Verlinden. From the age of nine he was building and painting model kits, but eventually gave up, because his work lacked the realism he was shooting for. After about 20 years of not touching a modeling knife or a paint brush, he became motivated to continue the art after an encounter with his mentor, Dario Del Core, in the year 2015. Dario’s friendship and lessons became the catalyst for prolific building and painting, resulting in over 50 diorama pieces, with many more in the making, some of which have won awards at a variety of IPMS Competitions. In the aerospace industry by trade, Ara finds time after work and on weekends to work on the numerous dioramas showcased in the album and at the gallery.