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  • Member since
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  • From: Northeast WA State
Our "better halves"
Posted by armornut on Sunday, February 12, 2017 6:53 PM

 With that funny heart shaped holiday fast approaching, lets not forget the ones who allow us to disappear for hours, make smelly non biological smells, and generally put up with most of our incessent "just one more kit"  life styles the we have become acoustom too. I will start by saying that my wife of 17yrs is AMAZING! I asked here what she would tell a friend if they came over about my hobby spilling into almost every corner of our house, her reply "it's our house if they don't like it ...tough." no excuse for me being a slob but WOW WHATTA GAL.

we're modelers it's what we do

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    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, February 12, 2017 7:26 PM

Mine put up with most all of my "foolishness", and even got me into some other things.  While getting back into modeling after a 40 year layoff didn't happen until she was gone, I know she would be supportive of it.  For 30 years she was a keeper, and I miss her with all my heart.

fox
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  • From: Coatesville, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, February 13, 2017 12:15 AM

My first wife was OK with all my hobbies and built some plastic models and R/C sailboats. She even entered races and won a couple. She passed on after 25 years together. My second wife is OK with my hobbies and when I need a second pair of hands, or eyes, she helps out. She does want me to finish the ones I've got before getting any more but that hasn't happened yet as the stash keeps growing.Wink She's bought me tools and models without my knowing. One year, she bought me a mini-lathe for X-mas when she saw me struggling with an electric screwdriver I tried to turn into a lathe to make some barrels for the deck of a sailing ship I was working on. We've been together now for 26 years. Hope we make it for another 26 at least.

Jim  Captain

Photobucket Main WIP: Rebuild of Monogram 1/8 "Big Deuce" with 1/8 Pocher V-12 in rear - 10%

   On the Bench:   Revell 1/48 Ju 52/3m - 50%;  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Streetsboro, Ohio
Posted by Toshi on Monday, February 13, 2017 3:24 AM

What can I say about Mrs. Toshi!  We've been together for 25 years and I treated her like a Queen.  I served her hand and foot.  Now the reverse has happened, I'm injured and I try to still serve her hand and foot when I can, but she showers me with models and model supplies galore.  What can I say about Mrs. Toshi!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

Married to the most caring, loving, understanding, and beautiful wife in the world.  Mrs. Toshi

 

ON THE BENCH:

Revell B-17G Flying Fortress 

NEXT BUILD:

Mrs. Toshi just purchased for me a Tamiya 1/48 Ki-61 via eBay, when it arrives, as always, I’ll do a WIP.  Thanks to M.Brindos and Model Maniac for the heads up and the inspiration in obtaining this kit for my next build.

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Posted by Jon_a_its on Monday, February 13, 2017 4:44 AM

My 2Ic, SO, SWiMBO, better half etc.,

is more than indulgent, has come with me to hobby shows, wins the charity raffle, & picks the kit she wants me to build from the winnings (haven't yet, I say I need to practice airbrushing large planes before I spoil hers...)

She also planned & bought a Years' pass to the Royal Naval Museums, Portsmouth... & booked a week to do them! She thought she would be bored, but we both loved them, I even got her on harbour tours... (she doesn't do boats!)

Definately a keeper! She also likes un-reality shows so watches them while I footle in the hobby room. She does like to know where I am, & we share the beer allowance equally.

BUT... We have many shared interests, inc. English Heritage Castles & stuff, and knows that most trips we plan together will include: Castles, meals out, the odd Military Museum and hobby shop or two(!)

This upcoming festiveness will include, a date night meal out, music CD's, a signed TP, fizz & strawberrys... lol.

 

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Posted by jackball74 on Monday, February 13, 2017 8:32 AM

I'm lucky to have a wife who, as an interior designer, thinks my hobby is pretty cool. Although she doesn't build or paint (yet), she "digs the scene" and is kind enough to let me fill shelf after shelf with kits and figures. Our only disagreement arose over differing viewpoints as to what khaki was.

R.I.P. Orange Blossom Hobbies

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by tonka on Monday, February 13, 2017 1:56 PM

Seems like most of us are blessed with supportive spouses. Mine encourages the hobby, I think its because I leave her alone while I'm in the modelling/gun room. :-)  Plus I build her figures she likes.,, knights especially. She also thinks I should build more before buying more. But she gets over that with new shoes or jewelry!

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Posted by rooster513 on Monday, February 13, 2017 2:12 PM

I really like this thread. It's important to be supported by a spouse in his/her hobbies. My wife is very supportive of my "addiction" as she calls itBig Smile She's even offered me an entire wall in our living room to put up shelves to display my builds!

-Andy

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    March, 2003
  • From: Northern New Jersey
Posted by Tojo72 on Monday, February 13, 2017 3:14 PM
My wife is very supportive of my hobby.Never critical of what I buy,her words are you work hard for your money,so buy what you want,just like I don't tell her how many shoes or dresses to buy,we both are responsible buyers.She comes to shows with me,although sometimes I will drop her at the mall,she goes to all of the armor,aircraft,and navy museums that I just had to check out.Of course we usually enjoy dinner together after that stuff.She compliments my builds and follows ther progress. Here's when we went to Aberdeen

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, February 13, 2017 4:57 PM

How nice to have a supportive wife that understands and shares your interests, and very pretty to top it off. You're a fortunate man, Tojo.

Mine was only tolerant at the beginning, but then realized how much I enjoyed the hobby and supported it. Now she has seven of them to keep for herself, (she considered them cute,) displaying them in her own little collection space. I'm fortunate and grateful to have such a good wife too.

Patrick

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 5:05 PM

I had to ease my wife into the idea of my hobby over the course of years!  Just kidding... it only took months.   Back in college, she actually used to make fun of me for making models! We hung with different crowds.  However, fate had its way and she's super supportive now and I love her for it.

Chad

God, Family, Models...

At the plate: 1/35 Tamiya Nashorn

On deck: 1/35 Tamiya Panzer III

In the hole: Probably something in 1/35 scale!

 

 

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  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:35 AM
You guys are lucky. My wife is tolerant of my addiction. As long as it doesn't spill into the living room. But her and I are looking to move to Florida in 2-3 years. She is looking for houses down there that would have the space for my hobby. So I guess I'll keep her. We've been together for almost 26 years

 

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  • From: Nampa, Idaho
Posted by jelliott523 on Sunday, February 19, 2017 8:30 AM

My wife is very supportive of my hobby. When we first got together, she didnt quite understand why I enjoyed it so much, to her she thought models were only for kids. After she could see what I could accomplish and showed her some of the forums, she was quite amazed at the large group of people out there like us. She has not got to the point of buying me materials or kits yet; however, she will surprise me with the occasional gift card to the LHS or one of the online retailers. She has started to ask, why I continue to buy models when I've got so many that I havent even started. When I tell her that my stash not as impressive as some of the others that I've seen she tells me that I should live vicariously through those of you who have over 100, since I will never have that many!  LOL

She encourages me to build and I thank her for that, I only wish I had more time to do it. She even likes to tell our friends about it when they come to visit and wants me to show them what I've built and where it all takes place. She too, sometimes refers to them as "Cute"....ahhhh the horror!Indifferent

On the Bench:  Lots of unfinished projects!  Smile

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Sunday, February 19, 2017 9:46 AM
My favorite other half story is quite a few years old. She came with me to the LHS (which closed up shop recently) when I was looking for a compressor. They had a few there, and I was discussing the merits of each based on the price with the very helpful sales staff. My dad grew up in the depression, and ingrained in me the need to get the best bang for the buck. My wife was wandering around the shop, and I guess I was asking too many questions, as from two aisles over, I suddenly hear "Oh, just buy the fu@*ing thing!". So I say "which one?", and she says, "the better one". So I bought the fu@*ing thing. Had it for years without using it much. Got back into the hobby a few months ago, and although she doesn't buy me stuff, she has yet to complain when I get supplies (a lot of supplies). She says I have to build what I have before I get more kits. She tries to look interested, and sometimes actually is a little. She says she is happy I have found something I like to do, and rhat there are worst ways to spend my time and money. We will be married 24 years in May.

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:39 AM

Hi;

   I know I am late to the station , but you all have read my praises of my late wives .Talk about blessed . I still have a memory of Wife One covered with plastic shavings while helping me with a client"s 1859 Mississippi River Boat .

    I can'say anymore but it's nice you guys lucked out that way too .    T.B.

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Posted by seastallion53 on Monday, February 20, 2017 1:46 AM

My wife even has a few kits of her own.

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  • From: Green Bay, WI USA
Posted by echolmberg on Monday, February 20, 2017 3:10 PM

It's great that we're blessed with such supportive spouses in our lives.  You can count me in that group as well.  I'll spare everyone the long drawn out story but about two years ago, my wife, two kids and I came within a hair's bredth of moving in with my widowed mother-in-law in her enormous house.  She was going to let us remodel a section of her house to accommodate my family and I.  My wife, while sketching out possible floor plans, always included a good-sized hobby area for me.  I told her I didn't need it and (while I do so cherrish my hobby) I would gladly give it up to give my family a good life.  You should have seen my wife put her foot down with me!  LOL!  

"NO!" she would exclaim.  "It's important to you which makes it important to me!" My wife has always been supportive of my models since day one but I was speechless when she displayed her determination for me to always have my hobby.

Eric

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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Monday, February 20, 2017 7:25 PM

Sound like many of us have supportive signifigant others, yes we are blessed, if y'all want keep this thread going and show those who love us how many other like minded people are, GREAT believe it ir not it is important. Y'all are great.

we're modelers it's what we do

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, February 20, 2017 7:36 PM

She's not "better" than I am. Remind them of that now and then and it's a good way to stay married. A friend of mine who was married four times once told me what not to do; never appear enthralled. But then he was kind of a jerk.

She's ok with it. For a long time I used to model after she went to bed, but I ended up staying up too late a lot. Then I tried mornings but there's usually too much other stuff to do like walking the dog etc.

A blessing is that I don't watch tv and she does, so that can split up the evening ok.

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