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What got you interested in modelling?
Posted by tigerman on Friday, June 13, 2003 6:30 PM
For me, I got interested after watching "Tora Tora Tora". This got me into ship-building. Next, my best friend helped me evolve to Monagram airplanes(had a blast with them) and finally through exhaustive research , documentaries(World at War), etc , to my present fixation with armor. Finally, my modelling is evolving into modern warfare, courtesy of the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Is there anything more impressive than an Abrams tank? Not!

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 13, 2003 6:53 PM
I have always built lego since childhood and thats where I got my love for building stuuff.Later I got interested in warfare.These factors combined,modelling became a new hobby for me.
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Posted by gregers on Friday, June 13, 2003 7:38 PM
My Dad took me round to my uncles house when i was about 4 or 5 years old and he was building a (to me)large scale DH2. i was totaly hooked and have been hooked ever since. thats 32 years ago and i am still not that good a modeller but that don't put me off, even when i was at an IPMS meeting and one member asked me if i had put the laquer on with a trowel, that didn't put me off modelling (it did put me off being an IPMS member though)and the plane wasn't that bad "honest". Anyway i have a question. how meny kits had to die to give Pammela Anderson her figure?answers to the nearest thousand please! LOL....Gregers
Why torture yourself when life will do it for you?
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Posted by tigerman on Friday, June 13, 2003 9:06 PM
Thanks Aces High for the lego memory. My friend and I built everything from Civil War ironclads and forts to Japanese aircraft-carriers. Way to many good times. Side note to Gregers: My Brother-In-Law is in the Air Force and based at Fort Hill, Utah. Just got back from Qatar. My stepson is joining the Air Force ROTC!

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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, June 13, 2003 9:48 PM
Oh man .... make me think way back then .... almost like history class.
Ancient history.

Even as a child I had an interest in history, so building models became an extension of that. I'd read a book or watch a movie about the Graf Spee ... soon I would be building the model. Watched a movie about Douglas Bader ... Spitfires were next in line. And then somewhere along the line the modelling took on a whole new life of its' own, I no longer needed the inspiration of history to build a model. The art of modelling became its' own inspiration.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 13, 2003 10:01 PM
As far back as I can remember, I always had a wooden model of the Santa Maria in my bedroom. Then, my father bought me an F-111 Aardvark for my birthday when I was 7, and we took the weekend together and built it. I've been hooked ever since.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, June 14, 2003 9:56 AM
It is difficult for me say for sure, but I think the seed was planted when I was a very small child. One fine summer day, way back in 1939, my dad took me to the New York Worlds Fair. One of the few things that I remember was the U.S. Army Air Corps exhibit. There were at least two multi-engine bombers and several fighter planes, all in polished aluminum and having uniformed dummies sitting in the cockpits and gun positions.Tongue [:P] WOW!

I've been "airplane crazy" ever since.Clown [:o)] It wasn't long after that, four of five years maybe, that I started making airplane models. This is when all you got in a kit was some blocks of balsa with the shape printed on one side. You had to carve, sand, glue, and paint these things if they ever got them to look like anything. I didn't care, just as long as it looked like a reasonable facsimile of an airplane. What could be better than watching them dog-fight while hanging on a string from my bedroom ceiling!Big Smile [:D]

Off and on, I've been building ever since.

Pete
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Posted by wayne baker on Saturday, June 14, 2003 2:50 PM
It was the best way to get the neatest and most accurate toys to play with as a kid. Tank battles, platoon against platoon, waving an airplane around, pretending to fly. Other interests took me away. When I got out of the service, I had little money and time to kill until I started working. A Revell F4F and 2 weeks before work got me modeling again.

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Posted by Kolja94 on Saturday, June 14, 2003 8:10 PM
Building legos as a wee one, a love of history (instilled by dad), and a gift of a model (again from dad) - and it was all downhill from there!

Karl

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Posted by Butz on Saturday, June 14, 2003 8:48 PM
Whaz up,
My dad was the one who got me into this awesome hobby when i just 7yrs old and its interesting because thats when he began to build. I guess you have to start them youngTongue [:P].
Listening to my dads stories when he was stationed at NATC Pax River MD and being around all the a/c also got my juices goin for the love of aviation.
Till this day I have the kit that my dad and I built together almost 20yrs ago hanging in my good ol room. Its the MPC 1/72 C-130.
WOW how time flies..!!!!! Its only going to get betterSmile [:)]
Flaps up,Mike

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Posted by leemitcheltree on Saturday, June 14, 2003 9:11 PM
I remember always loving to play with LEGO - building and creating.............with my LEGO I could make ANYTHING I wanted to - the only limit was my imagination - didn't matter if it really didn't look right or have the right curves - it looked right in my mind's eye.
But one of my mother's boyfriend's (Mom and Dad got divorced when I was very young) got me a three kit box of tiny little ship models - the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, I think to keep me busy and keep me out of their hair [:0]- (fair enough, really).
I must have been 4 or 5.
Ever since (35 years worth) I've been hooked and can't give it away - the actions of inspection of the kit - assessing what's bad, deciding what needs to be changed, paint scheme, and every other thing about building has always thrilled me.
I guess it's the act of creativity I find so enthralling - maybe it's always the journey I like, not as such the destination that captured me. I always loved looking at all the bits, and knowing that with some manipulation and some glue, this jumble of unidentifiable bits would end up turning into an F-4 or a Jaguar XK-E.
Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it........
Cheers,
LeeTreeBig Smile [:D]

Cheers, LeeTree
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Posted by tigerman on Saturday, June 14, 2003 9:15 PM
To Butz:
With Father's Day being tomorrow, that was a nice touch...a little ironic. Hopefully you can pass the torch someday to your child. I have 3 kids and they sometimes enjoy modeling with me.

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Posted by Aleksander on Monday, June 16, 2003 8:09 AM
Few books about bombers' raids over Europe during WW II - I was about 10 years old and this time I was a big fond of bombers (specially Wellingtons) - I was dreaming about plastic model of Wellington, but I've never got one - to be honest now I have an old Matchbox kit waiting for it's turn - maybe one day - but now I prefer fast fighters than bombers ! From the other hand it was my father who teach me making models - he prefered paper ones, but that's him, who made first plastic planes for me! Regards ! Aleksander

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Posted by Aleksander on Monday, June 16, 2003 8:33 AM
Well, I've looked at the tigerman letter, and I feel sad a little. My son (for two days 18 years old) are not interested in modeling at all. Of course, when he was 10 or 12, he made few palstic models but after that it was the computer which took place of modeling. And so it is till today ... May be my grandson ? Aleksander

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Posted by tigerman on Monday, June 16, 2003 9:45 AM
Aleksander don't feel so bad, my boys are both heavily into the computer and especially computer games. They don't have nearly the passion that I have modelling. Times have changed since you and I were kids and todays Y generation. Perhaps one day our grandkids will carry the torch for modelling. We can only hope.

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 16, 2003 11:03 AM
MY DAD..when i was seven years old my cad came home from duty.[RAF.] with a kit of the QE2...by airfix...i was a kind of child prodigy...[too clever for own good].
and he thought he would see how i got on with it.... i had it finished and painted in a week.....and i used none of the tools we get today...just a toothpick and a tube of poly cement.....[SNIFFLE] those were the days....i think that my next kit he bought for me was the airfix..Scharnhorst.......i been hooked ever since
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, June 16, 2003 1:44 PM
It was learn to walk, talk, glue aeroplanes together.. For as long as I can remember, which (not counting saturday night, which was a blur) is at least 22 years ago. I'm 25 now...
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Posted by jridge on Monday, June 16, 2003 2:01 PM
Three uncles got me interested in WWII and flying - one was a bommbadier on a B-24, one was a B-17 instructor, one was a chief aircraft mechanic on the Enterprize. My 1st model was an F-80 Shooting Star. I was probably 6 or 7? It was wood except for the cockpit, eight pieces total, if I remember correctly. I logged a 1,000 hours flying that thing around the house. I built airplanes, ships and cars until I was about 12. Then girls and cars (1:1 scale) became the priority.

I got interested in modeling again after almost 50 years when I decided to do some research on my uncle's B-24 - after 9-11. His plane crashed on 09-11-44. Then I started thinking about recreating it. I built a 1/48 B-25J and a 1/48 B-24D over the winter to see if I still had the skills. Boy, has the hobby changed since the days of glue em, decal em. play with em.... So's my eye sight! But, I'm going to give my uncle's B-24 a shot.

Jim

PS: I forgot about the glue smudges, frosted canopies, glue on my blue jeans........ Thankfully, superglue had not been invented yet!
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Posted by oz1998 on Monday, June 16, 2003 3:06 PM
My uncle bought me my first model when I was about 10 yrs old. A 1964 Chevy Impala. I remember it was molded in white plastic, and that's just how it went together. No paint, but plenty of glue smudges from my fingers all over it. That was it, I was hooked. After that, my interest went heavily towards WW II ships and aircraft. 36 years later, I now airbrush my models and try and keep the glue smudges to a minimum. :-)
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 2:21 AM
when i was about 4 or 5 i used to holiday in sydney(australia)and my mums best friend took me the city to visit ahobby shop called hobbyco.it contained everything a young boy could ever hope for.it had two levels and downstairs contained some of the best dioramas a little fella could ever feast his eyes on.to me it was another world.the shop still exsists and the next time i am in sydney i will make a pilgrimage there.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 3:37 AM
jridge.. 1:1 scale girls? Heh.. One of my ex´s has ended up at least 2:1..

I am not bitter..
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Posted by RonUSMC on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 4:12 AM
My father... the only good thing he ever did for me.

I hope he dies soon.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 8:30 PM
I got started in the late 80's and joined a club in Dallas called the MCMA. I did nothing but cars and got bored. After 6 years stopped, got married and then divorced. Well friday I had spinal surgery and can't do anything but sit at home in a neck brace for 4 to 6 weeks and so I bought armor models, cleaned out the airbrush and bought some fresh paint and here I go again but only armor. Not hot rods.
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Posted by fussionboy on Wednesday, June 18, 2003 7:20 AM
At 7 years old a family freind gave me a P-61 blackwidow kit, a tube of glue and not enough time for it to set, it flew into "battle" I have been hooked by the plastic jones ever since. also it is the only way I will ever "own" my own Nascar team, a used car lot, a gas station or any super car my warped mind has ever wanted. the best part is now sharing this hobby with my wife who builds when she gets a bug to,and my 10 year old daughter who has cleared out any and all snap kits she has found on the shelfs in our hobby room. I also feel that unlike our playstation generation models make your imagination work to get what you want , not just turn on the tube and let your brain melt from there. and yes we do have a PS2 , but I'd rather spend the time glueing and painting my newest project.
oh yeah, this is for greggers who was asked if he troweled on his finnish, that person is usualy the one who shows up, knows all, yet never has any models of his own to show, because his projects are on such a huge scale that us mear mortals could never comprehend it. yeah right. A lot of people have left clubs and have never entered contests because of these idiots and thier mouths. ok I'm done on my soap box.
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Posted by duckman on Monday, September 1, 2003 5:58 PM
model glue!!!!!!!!!!! just kidden for me its rc airpllanes are to expensive

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, September 2, 2003 2:16 PM
I think I totally brought it on myself. I remember going to the local drug store where they had a small collection of toys and various other things. They always had several kits on the shelves and there were some pretty cool cars on the tops of those boxes!! I'm sure I convinced my Mom to buy one for me, and I seem to remember Dad helping me out. Don't really remember which was the 'first' kit, but I did have quite a few that tended to go together quite quickly (is a couple of hours quick?? I remember trying to glue the engines into the chassis before the chassis pieces or engine pieces had set... what a frustrating mess...)

Dad says he still has lots of them in 'storage' somewhere but he can't seem to find them... Talk about getting your hopes up!!

Murray
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Posted by garyfo on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 2:15 PM
When I was about 4, I was trying on my dads' shoes and came across the box for his Monogram B-25 Mitchell. I came racing out of the room wearing these huge shoes and carrying the model box in front of me.

From there, it's history.
Gary
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Posted by Matthew Usher on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 2:54 PM
My father was in the U.S. Navy during World War II. As a kid, I spent a lot of time building Monogram's 1/48 scale Navy kits -- the ones with the "operating features," like folding wings and retracting landing gear. I'd build them, and Dad would tell me stories about working on them, or what they were like to fly in.

Dad was never that into plastic models, but he was always happy to stop at the hobby shop on the way home from Cub Scouts, etc. He builds plank-on-frame wooden ship models now.

My older brother Mark is a longtime modeler, too. In fact, it was Mark who showed me the first copy of FSM when it came out. Before FSM, we used to buy copies of Model Railroader, because it was the only place to find articles on airbrushing and weathering.

Kind of a family effort, I guess.

Matt Usher
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 3:07 PM
My father was the one who got me started. He had fun building them when he was a kid.( except after building he would go and shoot them with a BB gun; destroy them and then rebuild them.) But he thought that I would have fun with them and he was right.Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, September 4, 2003 6:28 AM
In the late 50's and early 60's I was lucky enough to be raised around several "gearhead" relatives and their friends. This is when I would model my dream car or try to model a friend or realative's "real " hotrod. Modeling then was a cheap way to try out your ideas in plastic before making the expensive move on your real ride.I still do an occaisional car kit but I really don't want to "T" off any car modelers but I enjoy the challenge of aircraft modelling much more. The historical part of modeling is much more of a challenge to me. But I do still enjoy the occaisional " artistic freedom" offered by car modelling.
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