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  • Member since July, 2014
  • From Philadelphia Pa
  • 246 contributed posts
About Nino

Life: Born May  1952 in Philadelphia Pa.  Main modeling interests:  Sailing Ships-all Era's, and WWII:USN, DKM and HMS .  My First model was a USS Missouri, a small model, probably Lindberg.  I was 6. I tried to paint the deck and it looked BAD.  My Dad used gasoline to remove the paint- Yep, it melted the plastic! That put me off making ships my major interest. I tried Tanks and Planes and a few Cars after that. I built Revell, Aurora, and Monogram kits.  All were built to play with. Of course I did the 8mm movie thing of models burning and blowing up.  My other interest, Music, took over by the time I was 13 and my Modeling activity took a back seat to buying Guitar strings and records.  In College I did Electrical Engineering at Penn State followed by taking a job with IBM in late 1973.

 Other hobbies:  Photography, Electronics,  and Upkeep on a really big OLD Home (Circa 1784).
Married since 1984; 2 Daughters, Four grandchildren, and one really BIG smart dog.

Employment:  43+ years at IBM. Retired May 31, 2016.    

Other:  Various local Rock Bands, Chief Cook at Old Barneys Dairy Queen and Restaurant in Barnegat Light NJ and a small stint at Sears.  I also had a Partnership in a Photography Business from 1975 to 1983.

Current Interests:  In 2012 I thought a Hobby would be a good thing to keep me "busy" when I retired.  I got interested again in model ships (Long Story) and, over the last several years, I began to Read various Forums and purchase models to build when I retired. Glad I did.

Current Status: I am buying books on sailing ships, I am reviewing this form for advice, and I have purchased a "stash" of model ship kits. Currently working on getting "supplies". Getting great tips for paint and glue from this forum..


Since retiring I have made 19 model ships: i.e. a small Glencoe Viking  ship, a Pyro Barbary Pirate,  and  a Pyro Brig of War (I narrowed the hull a bit).  Update: I also did Cyberhobby 1/700 Arliegh Burke. My "Burke", at least, looks like a replica of a ship. I guess, with practice, I'm getting better.

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Location: Philadelphia Pa
Occupation: Retired
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