Life: Born May 1952 in Philadelphia Pa. Main modeling interests: Sailing Ships-all Era's, and WWII:USS, 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. Built Revell, Aurora, and Monogram kits. All were built to Play with. 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. I did Electrical Engeneering 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 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 2014 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 3 years, I begain 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 various advice, and I have purchased a "stash" of model ship kits. Since retiring I have made 3 model ships: a very small Glencoe Viking ship, a Pyro Barbary Pirate, and a Pyro Brig of War ( I narrowed the hull a bit). Update: I did a couple of Nautilus Subs (Revell,Lindberg), and a 1/700 Arliegh Burke. The Burke, at least,looks like a ship.