WOW. ! Slavo, your words of sentiment and endearment are well received my friend.
Thank you for your concern and well wishes, as they mean a lot, especially in these times of uncertainty and anguish.
This virtual world we live in is certainly what we all need right now, and it makes me wonder how we all got through our troubles before it became the most important medium for communicating in our lives.
Strangely though. We here in Australia have no respect of distance when it comes to knowing each other, saying that some one you know lives 'just up the road a bit', when in reality, it's a thousand miles or so away from you. !
And that is what makes Peters and my friendship so unique, is the fact that when I visited him in his house in Moranbah, west of Makay, it took a train ride of 12 plus hours and then a car ride of an other 4 hours to get there, and it was, worth every minute to get there.
Scale modelling for me has become a life style really, always looking for those things in miniature of what it was that you could never have had in real life, answering the question in your heart of what it was that fascinated you all your life so much.
Like my Bren gun carrier model. It was born of something I used to play in when it was positioned in a play ground not far from my home, that was in reality, a 'Memorial' to all those who passed in the WWII, giving me much delight to know that I actually sat in something that a brave group of men had done so when called on to preserve something some nasty people were trying to take away from us, only to serve in the same capacity some few years later when I signed up to serve Queen and country.
All those memories became as clear as crystal when gluing all these minute pieces together, and even the 'smells' were flooding back.
And then, getting permission to do a 'walk around' (on behalf of all scale modellers) of what was then, the most secretive of aircraft, the F-111 at Amberley Air Base was for me the pinnacle of all it was to be a scale modeller, being so close to something that mere mortals could only dream about, being allowed to walk on the upper wing and fuselage surfaces, recording every step, with my son there to share that moment was as good as I could have ever imagined, having only ever seen them screech across the skies above our towns and cities, thrilling the masses with their 'dump and burn' !.
Slavo. As for bringing a piece of inert plastic to life, I will always be in admiration of your skills and imagination, as it has been your postings that have me getting inspired and wanting to head out and buy me a Russian air force. !All in miniature of course. !!
I do have a great deal to be grateful for, and now I have made it through this 'event', I am, with all my heart, looking forward to what the rest of my life has installed, and with mates like you my friend Slavo, and all my other friends involved in Scale Mates, that will not be a chore at all.
Cheers one and all.
I love you all.
2. November, 21:48