Hello again! Sadly I believe my build/acquisitions ratio is a tad lower than yours so that dooms me with the title of collector. That said - at least I collect with the intent to build and seldom keep the kits boxed thereby devaluing them as potential collector's items! Haha.. Yes, evergreen styrene and stripped copper wire and I go back a ways. I wish I still had the build up photos from my Heller Breguet 693. I fell in love with that warbird at first sight and over the course of about three or four months I super-detailed the interior and exterior. I had build progression photos on my computer but sadly the hard drive got fried. While I don't remember the exact parts count I know that the parts count had more than tripled, it integrated an Aeroclub 7.5 mm MAC 1934 MG in the aft cockpit, engines pilfered from one of the two Italeri Go-242/244 kits I had since I intended to build one as a glider anyway and a fully scratch built interior that I can proudly say would rival Eduard's best efforts ... well ... my name is Edward ... maybe there's some sort of connection? Haha... Although I repositioned the control surfaces I didn't feel confident enough in dropping the flaps as I had no references to go by for that operation. (I had to go back and edit this section as I started to spell out step by step the details I added ... Haha...) I now have the Azur Breguet 695 - but also plan to get their 693 someday. Judging by the details included I don't think I'll have AS tough of a time detailing these girls. As for my Heller 693 it was one of the most harshly stricken aircraft when our home was vandalized and burglarized last year, had they not stolen my entire modeling tool chest and if I had any indication of who they were, I would have found new and creative ways for using my 'surgical instruments' to return the favor.
Yes, I have heard that armor modeling is strangely addictive. Although the singular Pz.Kpfw. I from ESCI in 1/72 I built years ago didn't phase me handling my son's armor kits had a profound impact. I've been scouring this site and increasing my wishlist by leaps and bounds ... and if they don't have a kit of something I might find interesting I scour the four corners of the internet searching for some obscure kit of that subject that has been produced but hasn't yet been logged in this site's database, log it, and add it to my bloody wishlist. Hahaha! Speaking of which, I found a site my father, were he in better health, would have loved to have known during his building years. There's a company that manufactures resin kits in several scales, from 1/43rd to 1/76th, on down into the lower train scales. When I was still in the early stages of primary - maybe a bit earlier - my father was an avid HO scale train fan and once dreamed of doing an HO scale diorama/train course of a WW2 battlefield.
That's right, I'm not the first generation of modeler in my family. In fact neither is my father. My grandfather on my mother's side was an avid model builder and like us ... a collector. When he passed he had four large cartons of unbuilt kits that were passed out among interested family members. My father was given a Monogram 1/72 AH-1 Cobra dual kit that came with a large clear stand for them to be displayed in flight formation. While those models did not survive our many relocations during my youth I eventually sourced the same kit from another modeller to build in his honor.
You are an ADD builder? For the record, medical professionals consider the term ADD as an obsolete term and it is now classified as one of the subtypes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I possess the same variety as you, I think. Though I am not bouncing off the walls with energy, so to speak, my mind is constantly racing and I am thinking of between six and eight different things at one time, so yes, I can relate to you in regards to switching gears rather quickly in terms of what you want to do from one moment to the next. They tried treating me with Ritalin during my later years of primary school but I hated it. Firstly, anytime I was physically active, such as running even 20-50 yards I would become overcome with nausea. Secondly, I constantly felt like my mind was foggy and I could only focus on one thing at a time. One could say that the second effect was the medication doing its job properly - but for someone who had already grown used to the multiple simultaneous thought process it was a hindrance.
My son on the other hand he has full blown ADHD and it isn't just of the mind - he has trouble even remaining in a seat for an extended period of time. Watching him at one point I burst out laughing. He started as being calm but as he got more and more enthusiastic about what he was reading, he started wiggling in his seat. The wiggling grew more and more noticeable until the next thing you know he's standing there in front of his chair looking down at what he was reading. Why did I laugh? It reminded me of a salmon frantically trying to swim up a small waterfall! Haha!
He obtained his love for aircraft from his grandfather and I, his favorite aircraft being the P-51D Mustang, F-14 Tomcat, B-17 Flying Fortress, and B-52 Stratofortress. (He keeps insisting that I build my Monogram 1/72 B-52D but I am hesitant as I am uncertain we are planning to remain here or if we are planning to move to a larger home this year - and transporting it without incurring damages would be a nightmare.)
His obsession with tanks was prompted by the online multi-player game called "World of Tanks". I have to admit that I had fun with that game as well - but I have even more fun with "World of Warplanes".
Grandchildren ... what a terrifying notion. I'll have you know I have a nearly 17 year old daughter that is a ditz and would run outside with a bowl and spoon if you told her that it was raining chocolate pudding. As a father ... I don't even want to think about the possible repercussions of her gullibility and how that might apply to grandchildren! She already has an online sweetheart as it stands..
I'm not sure if I mentioned this previously but my wife is also a builder, though not quite as active and enthusiastic about it as I am. She came within a hairs breadth of entering the Navy to pursue a career as a military nurse, following in her father's footsteps of being in the Navy. She settled on working as a CNA in the civilian market so that she could build a family with me instead though and chose to take up modeling as something she could do with me and still think about her father's legacy as a sonar operator/cook/deckhand on the U.S.S. King during the Vietnam War.
15. February 2014 at 09:36:25