Great stuff folks, thanks for sharing. I've been modeling on and off for over 55 years now. Might get the hang of it sooner or later.
My dad was a WWII USAAC vet and a model RR guy. I think he gave up the model RR before I was born, but he did watch all the WWII shows on TV. "12 O'clock High", "Victory at Sea" and the like. He parlayed his experience and the GI Bill into an engineering degree, so we were mostly well off. He introduced me to plastic models when I was around 7, IIRC it was a Strombecker F9F kit, with straight wings the the pilot molded into the fuselage. Grew up during the space race so flying things were always on my mind. Built a lot of planes, cars and ships as a kid, almost none of them got painted. At least one of the older neighbor kids was a modeler and helped me build a few kits. Started actually painting kits and then got my first airbrush around 13 years old, still trying to master that tool. Sadly I got over being young,
, and went on to be come an engineer myself.
I proved in elementary school that I don't have any musical talent. Though now, I do play a mean radio
. I do have a reasonable talent for designing stuff and have designed and build wooden toys and furniture for the grandkids.
As a design engineer I do enjoy designing stuff, but having to work to deadlines, and doing it the boss' way does take some of the enjoyment out of the process. But seeing the final product usually cures that. I found that model building gave me that joy back, so I got serious about it around the time the kids left the house. I generally get to do it my way, without schedules, except for campaigns (might be why I have so many hanger queens).
Russ, you sound like you might be a member of NWSM, what part of the Puget Sound do you call home?