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A question of Age..........

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A question of Age..........
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 27, 2003 5:13 PM
Out of curiousity am I one of the oldest to begin to build models? I finished my first not long after my <gulp> 40th birthday! Anyone else care to share how old they were when they completed their first model?
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Posted by gregers on Saturday, December 27, 2003 5:18 PM
Hi MRS DJ, i was about 5 yrs old, makes it about 33 yrs ago (and i still aint that good at sticking the bits together LoL). Greg
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 27, 2003 5:50 PM
I made a few as a kid but they never made it past the 4th of July, I started again at 25 a couple years ago ( helps with the stress of army life ).
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Posted by mark956 on Saturday, December 27, 2003 7:19 PM
I built my first model when I was 16 years old. I just started again after a 16 year break. I am 36 now.
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Posted by Daprophet on Saturday, December 27, 2003 7:37 PM
I built a few before the age of 17 (when I joined the Navy in 1988) I got out of the Navy in 94, and started building again about a year ago. I am 33 now.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 27, 2003 7:56 PM
My first one would have been between 6 and 10 years old. I only got serious about it in the last few years. Im 36 now Dead [xx(]
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Posted by Copterguy on Saturday, December 27, 2003 8:52 PM
I started when I was about 7, built like a mad-man (mad-child?) until I was about 12 and then it fell by the wayside. Like most kids, I never really built very professionally. I got back into it about a year ago - now I'm 36. I'm almost finished my first kit as an adult. Being older, I have become very compulsive about modelling technique and quality. That coupled with the fact I'm building 4 kits at the same time and have 2 kids, 5 years and 6 months old, explains the enormous time it takes me to build. Great stress relief though - hiding out in the basement with my models and a beer for a couple of hours after the kids are in bed! Smile [:)]

Jim
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Posted by Swanny on Saturday, December 27, 2003 8:59 PM
First? I was nine.
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Posted by qmiester on Saturday, December 27, 2003 10:26 PM
The first one I can remember was the Revell USS Missouri in the summer of 53 (late June or early July I believe). Turned 9 at the end of that August. Still at it and sometimes think I still can't build models any better than I did then. (Surely don't type or spell any better)

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Posted by lizardqing on Saturday, December 27, 2003 10:31 PM
I think I was about 10 and built some planes and ships. Started back with a few cars in the late teens and built one every couple of years. Built a tank about 6 months ago and been going steady since then. Just had to find something that did'nt need a gloss paint job. Finally at 27 I am building them like I have always wanted to.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 27, 2003 10:46 PM
It does not matter how old you are when you start something that relaxes you. Everyone should have some form of hobby. I have several hobbies and a few of them tie into my modeling. I started building at age 7 and I'll be 49 in six months.
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Posted by diggeraone on Saturday, December 27, 2003 10:59 PM
I can tell you that you are never to old for model making.I started when I was six and stopped for awhile when I was thrity.Now Iam forty-two and have started back in july.
My wife just started on her first an she is twenty-eight.It is fun no matter what age you are.Smile [:)]Cowboy [C):-)]Smile [:)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 6:06 AM
It seems modeling is one of those things you may leave for a bit but most seem to always return to.
Diggeraone what type of model is your wife trying? I started with aircraft, because well this sounds so stupid and not very professional but it was because I found them beautiful. I love the way they look!
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 6:35 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by 207xx3ssmitty

It does not matter how old you are when you start something that relaxes you...

Shock [:O] It's supposed to relax you? I lay awake at nights trying to figure out how to get rid of those seams, or get the right color, or figure out what I can use to light it up, or... Tongue [:P]

Then once it's done, I guess it is a little relaxing. I show it off to people who say things like "good job" and "I wish I could do something like that"

But I'm running out of friends to give them too. Since space is limited, I try to build something special for someone who will appreciate it and give it to them for holidays or special events. But I do keep some just for me. I've been building off and on since I was about 10. I'm three years from 50 and still buying stuff.

Don Alien [alien]
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 9:00 AM
Mrs Dj,
Your statement about models being beautiful is the exact reason I have about half the models I do. My wife will go out and buy me kits that she likes just because she thinks they are, in her words, "Pretty".Big Smile [:D]. Im just very luck that the kits she thinks of as pretty happen to be the same kinds I like to build Smile [:)]. Im hopeing some day to get her into building, but as she is a pre med student, she spends most of her time studying instead of messing with hobbies. Hmmm, I really need to work on her priorities Tongue [:P]
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 9:08 AM
Kullgan my daughter Tena who is now 13 wants to be a Dr someday, she currently loves to build kits, I hope she sticks with it. Hmmm if your other half wants to be a surgeon just tell her the benifits of working with small pieces of plastic and metal and trying to co-ordinate where they sould go. Smile [:)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 9:36 AM
When I was 8 or 9 I had my tonsils removed. While I was in the hospital recovering my folks brought me a model of a Mercury Caliente (car). I built till I was about 16, then moved onto other things. I came back at about 32. Have been building ever since. I'm 50 now!

Glenn
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 9:55 AM
I think I was about 10 when I first started, I'm 43 now. I wish my wife was as interested in my hobby, all I hear from her is " When are you going to quit playing with those toys and grow up." I don't want to grow up.
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Posted by shrikes on Sunday, December 28, 2003 10:35 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by paraclete1
But I'm running out of friends to give them too.

Hahaha!! Big Smile [:D] Does this really work for you? I've suggested it to family and friends and they tell me that i'm not buying something for them, but something for me and that they'd rather have cash....

As for my first model... around the age of 5. I doubt that the age you pick up a hobby really matters. You enjoy yourself, right? end of story!
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Posted by kaleu on Sunday, December 28, 2003 10:52 PM
Sign - Ditto [#ditto] for most of the above responses. I built kits as a kid, then quit while in high school, enlisted in the Navy (building some kits and mostly for other people) and got back into building big time after getting out of the Navy in 1992.
Erik "Don't fruit the beer." Newest model buys: More than I care to think about. It's time for a support group.
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Posted by tigerman on Sunday, December 28, 2003 11:43 PM
The first that I remember was about 9. I believe I built a dautless divebomber. I can safely say I didn't read the directions very closely. Of course it turned out terribly. That was some 31 years ago. Today I am 40.

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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 28, 2003 11:54 PM
My first one was when I was 5 or so, I quit after my teen years and didn't start again until a couple of years ago, which would make me 48.
Apart from wanting to commemmorate something I had an attachment to I am also draawn to the lines of a particular ship or aircraft.
Happy New Year,
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Posted by pdunkel on Monday, December 29, 2003 2:26 PM
My first model was the lunar lander. I was about eight years old. I have been building on and off now for about 31 years, for now I'm 39.




Phil
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Posted by Bones-coa on Monday, December 29, 2003 3:35 PM
My first was an A-4 Blue Angel I got at an airshow. I was about 10 or so. I quit when I was about 16 and started back again about a year ago. I'm 33 now.

Dana F
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Posted by M1abramsRules on Monday, December 29, 2003 4:10 PM
I did my "first" model when I was about 7 or so, but I never really started "modeling" till about 2 1/2 years ago.
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Posted by link955 on Monday, December 29, 2003 5:14 PM
My first was at age 6, one of those god-awful purple Aurora Me-109 kits... you know, the ones with the raised lines to show where the decals went? We're talking 1961 here guys... and as I recall, the Aurora Japanese Zero kit was molded in bright yellow. Subliminal messages, anyone? I built pretty steadily through my grade school years, then in high school got more interested in art and music, and the models got left behind. At age 18, during a break from college, I picked up a Revell 1/32 Zero kit, and the rest is history.
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Posted by stindle on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 10:03 AM
My first model I did at around 10 and stoped when I was 18, just now started again at 45. Just finished my first one after starting back. (PBY-5) She may not be the best looking bird on display, but I think she looks great :)
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:14 AM
I was probably around 7.First one ever was a Revell USS New Jersey.Smile [:)]
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Posted by echolmberg on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:55 AM
Built my first kit when I was seven. It was a Snap-Tite F-15. I think it had red and white stripes on the wing. That was 26 years ago and I've been building ever since.

Eric

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 1:58 PM
I find it fascinating how many of you have modeled as a kid then picked the hobby back up once again in your thirties or forties, the prime of life of course!
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