Started modeling preteens. My first kits; Aurora viking ship, the Black Falcon, later on the Endeavour and what is now called the Jolly Roger. These models sat on my parents piano for years and parts of which now occupy the large spares box. Some day I may bring them back to life. Got into the 1/72 airfix figures in a big way, making shadow boxes, vignettes etc. .
Stopped modelling when I moved and went to art college in the big city, got married, then divorced, taught myself stationary engineering, owned and operated a photo studio, got married again, had two wonderful daughters, then divorced. When the girls were young and I was the primary caregiver, stayed home I started modelling again. Historex figures hit me bad and I went sort of crazy.
Worked at OCAD University since April Fools 1979. Nice place to work, lots of bells and whistles. Casting facilites in resin, bronze and other metals, all the shops including plastics so I can play afterhours. Even ended up purchasing my own plastic injecting moulding machine, who knows what we will do when we retire.
Have a huge stash to work through but it seems that I continue to add to it faster than build.
My latest craze is 1/200 sailing ships. A goal of mine is to model all the ships that Horatio Honblower served with/on. Currently converting an old Heller kit to the 74 gun Sutherland and correcting a bomb ketch into the Harvey. Also working on a series of models outling the history of transportation in 1/48th scale.
Turning 64 this year so my thoughts are turning to retirement and working through that stash. Purchased a 3D scanner to start playing around and later this year will be purchasing a 3D printer.
Will see what happens.