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Any hobbys other than modeling?
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 7:32 AM
Just wondering what other hobbys everyone may have other than building models. I know alot of times building models can spark an interest in something else, or vise versa. I collect Vampirella comic books and the occasional "neat" collectible toy. I also do sketches once in a while. Mostly fantasy, but I have started doing WWII stough. I finished a Tiger I sketch a few months ago. Just wondering what everyone else does?
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Posted by Swanny on Friday, October 24, 2003 7:39 AM
You mean there is life outside of modeling? Actually I'm into gardening and like to work with Koi Ponds in my back yard, raise tropical fish (not in the Koi Pond), fly and build R/C aircraft (when I can find the time), collect old knives (have some really unusual stuff in this catagory). Used to collect old firearms but the wife got a little wiggy about that and having kids so I sold them to keep her happy. Collect old coins also - the rarest I have is a 1844 flying eagle cent. And I write also - that is my newest hobby. Looking over this I wonder how I find the time to work - oh, that's what I'm supposed to be doing now, doh!
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Posted by styrene on Friday, October 24, 2003 7:49 AM
1. Strange as it may seem, I like collecting pocket knives, and "ball" -type hats. At last count I have almost 500 hats.
2. My other "hobby" and real interest is music. I currently play French Horn in my church orchestra, but have played weddings, graduations, local university and civic concerts and have played in a couple brass ensembles. I studied for 2-3 years under the principal horn player for what is now the Virginia Symphony, and have been playing now for almost 20 years.

It's just my opinion, but I think model building is just another way to express the creative talents and abilities that God has given us.

Gip Winecoff

1882: "God is dead"--F. Nietzsche

1900: "Nietzsche is dead"--God

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 7:53 AM
Vampirella?! I used to love Vampirella! Oh well, not much time or money for too much extracurricular activity. Dabbled in photography for a little while-too expensive, collected football cards for a while-gave them away to a deserving youngster, trying to start reading again-on my 3rd try at Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy (I think I'll make it this time), mostly I spend time doing research for what I am anticipating is my triumphant return to modelling. Oh, I also collect ships patches(submarines of course).
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 8:06 AM
apart from modelbuilding ...? model window shopping...lol i am sad....
trekking and climbing......seen the rapid decline in the local fauna (thats animals right?) and (flora the plants?)..i become totally allienated with hunting-(excuse for my dreadful markmanship....lol)
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Posted by stinger on Friday, October 24, 2003 9:05 AM
I fly R/C gliders, when I can keep from crashing them. As a result of researching for my WW2 Luftwaffe models, I have been gathering a small collection of hardbound books on the subject, so I'm reading them also, if that is considered a hobby.
Breezely - I know what you mean about Rainbow Six. Took me a year and a half to get through it. Let me know what you think about the ending.

Regards, Stinger

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 9:15 AM
Well, lets see..... other then remodeling the house, two kids, and re-landscaping, i collect zippos, almost 300 at lastcount, collect shot glasses, over 500 at last count, plus i build race engines and do head and intake work on the side. I also just started getting into motorcycles.... plus i hunt and fish..... thank goodness i lost my job??!!! now i have more time to play!!!

oo ya, did i mention i'm a volunteer firefighter, and an EMT?!?!

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Posted by Swanny on Friday, October 24, 2003 9:40 AM
Hey Littlemoe. I do frame work for one-off choppers and custom hogs (surface prep and PC). Maybe we should talk?
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Posted by David Voss on Friday, October 24, 2003 10:04 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by styrene
1. Strange as it may seem, I like collecting pocket knives, and "ball" -type hats. At last count I have almost 500 hats.


With all those knives, I sure hope I don't do anything to offend you. Wink [;)]

And don't take offense at this question, but what's the deal with all the hats? What gets someone started with a collection like that? My stepfather collected them too. Not nearly as many, but he definitely had many, many more than your average person. I never understood it. But I know it's not much different than collecting anything else. I guess I've always just been curious about hat collections.

For myself, I've collected baseball cards, football cards, shot glasses and comic books off and on through the years. It comes and goes, but it's stuff I don't get rid of. I wouldn't call it collecting, but I also like to hang on to WWII and military related stuff. I'm also into miniature gaming (haven't played much lately). Recently I acquired some Diecast armor and I'm liking it (cause it's finished and looks good). Last but not least, I'll be honest...for awhile my wife and I were into collecting Cherished Teddy Bears (easily 100+). I think I was actually more into it than my wife was. Blush [:I]

Other than that, although I do it for a living, I still consider computer programming a hobby of mine too. Tinkering around with things I don't get to do at work. I also play quite a few computer games. My current favorites being Hearts of Iron, Europa Universalis, Galactic Civilizations, and Battlefield 1942: Desert Combat.
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Posted by styrene on Friday, October 24, 2003 10:32 AM
David,
With all those knives, I hope you don't do anything to offend me, either! Big Smile [:D] Big Smile [:D]

As far as the hats go, I've always worn a ball cap when outside doing yard work, driving the family around, or just generally goofing off. About the only place I didn't (don't) wear them is inside buildings (church, restaurants, etc.). They are great for keeping the sun out of your eyes, and covering up the top of your head during "bad hair days".Smile [:)] Over time, I would see a hat that had a nice design on it and get it. Then friends would find out about the collection and contribute. Soon, I was getting them as presents. I would also pick up one as a souvenir from someplace I visited. And the collection grew. I also think there is a psychological redneck thing going on that I don't want to admit to. Tongue [:P] Anyway, it's just something to take up space in the closet.

Gip Winecoff

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Posted by Matthew Usher on Friday, October 24, 2003 10:33 AM
I've collected a number of things over the years. I used to work full-time as a news photographer, and I have a pretty good collection of old cameras. It's mostly Kodak stuff. I don't really collect them that actively anymore, but every now and then I''ll get on eBay and hunt around a little.

I also have a small collection of pinball machines I've restored. NOT my wife's favorite thing, but she's been a really good sport about them so far!

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 11:03 AM
Hmmm...I guess I have more interests than traditional Hobbies.
I like to tinker with Honda automobiles and drive, let's say, enthusiastically. I try to do as many, what is called, High Performance Driver Education days as possible during the year. The name is just for insurance reasons, but in reality it's just a bunch of car enthusiasts driving as fast a possible at 'race' circuits.
I also play golf. I played competitive golf in my younger years (high school and undergrad) but now just for fun.
I am a big fan of Formula One.
Listening to music is also a big part of my life.

HRD
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Posted by erush on Friday, October 24, 2003 11:05 AM
I don't know that it's a hobby but I love riding my motorcycle. Great stress reliever! I also love fast cars. What can I say, I'm a speed freak. My friends tell me I should have been a NASCAR driver Tongue [:P]

I don't have any real collections other than my models.

Eric
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 11:22 AM
Other than modeling...I fish of course, I enjoy boating, I just recently got out of competitive shooting but I still shoot for fun. I help my wife with her girlscout troop(thats more of a chore than a hobby but Im proud to say that troop 407 can outfish any other troop in our council!)...I read, I READ ALOT! I make castnets...something my grandfather taught me,I also tie flies(though I dont fly fish...much),I also build and wrap rods another thing my grandfather passed on to me. I race 1/10 Nitro RC cars, along with 1/8th scale buggies...not as much as I used to but about once a month. I also collect firearms...I "tinker" as my wife puts it! with my 73 Scamp(which I have nicknames Ma's GroundPounder)....the list goes on. Im constantly switching up what I do...I may like it all but certainly dont have time to do it all...So I'll do something until I get burnt out....then do something else for a bit.
Chris
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Posted by styrene on Friday, October 24, 2003 11:42 AM
Chris,
A fly-tier, huh? Question: How do you get the fly to hold still long enough so you can get the thread around his legs? Big Smile [:D]Big Smile [:D]

Gip Winecoff

1882: "God is dead"--F. Nietzsche

1900: "Nietzsche is dead"--God

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 11:52 AM
ROFL if you only knew how many times heard that....Well first you have to put it in a vise....then you clamp it down really tight so it doesnt get away....Mean and cruel folks we are...throwing flies into vise's(is that even a word?)!
Chris
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Posted by Model Grandpa on Friday, October 24, 2003 12:05 PM
I do a little gold mining...does that count as a hobby?
Regards, Dan Building Scale Models At The Speed Of Dark
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 12:31 PM
I fly R/C helicopters and planes. I mean, simply building static models of them doesn't quite satisfy my love for them. I need one to defy gravity also.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 12:36 PM
My other hobbies include photography and video & audio production.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 12:51 PM
hey dave,

it takes a REAL man to admit that he collects Teddy bears.......LOL
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Posted by David Voss on Friday, October 24, 2003 1:02 PM
Hey, I figured if I was going to ask someone questions about why they collect the things they collect, it's only fair I should be honest about my own collections. The entertainment center we have has the glass cabinets/shelves on each side for displays. On the one side from top to bottom it goes: 1. Cherished Teddy Bears; 2. NASCAR collectibles (diecast, pictures, etc.); 3. Diecast Armor & Aircraft models (so the boys can look at them); 4. LEGOS and miscellaneous toys. Wink [;)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 1:57 PM
My wife has quite a few of those Cherished Teddies, I like the Christmas themed ones. David, you,re not looking for any are you? She has some older ones that she wants to find new homes for.
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Posted by shermanfreak on Friday, October 24, 2003 1:59 PM
Does touring various Buffets and "all you can eat" restaurants count as a hobby?
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 2:28 PM
Man, I don't know where you guys find the time. I'm struggling to find time for my main hobby (models) as it is. I can't really complain though, because my 14 month old boy is really the focus of most of my time (other than work). I will say that I have lots of 'interests', but since I don't really spend much time on them, I wouldn't count them as hobbies:
- RC planes are fascinating to me. My father-in-law is BIG into it and I enjoy every chance I can get to go out to the field with him. I'm flying a bit on the buddy-box, but don't really have anything of my own to crash yet...
- I have a 'dream' of buying an old muscle car and fixing it up. Pretty big aspirations for a guy that struggles to figure out a crescent wrench. I'm planning to "fix" the brakes on my 87 honda civic this weekend. We'll find out if my dreams are destined to be nightmares...
- I do play a little guitar (mostly acoustic, but some electric) in my church band. I've taken a bit of a breather recently though, and am letting some of the younger talent show their stuff...
- how can I forget the 'forums'. It's really turned into a rewarding hobby in itself... even if it does take away from actual building time.

Cheers...

Murray
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Posted by lizardqing on Friday, October 24, 2003 4:37 PM
Other than modeling only other extra curricular thing I do is volunteer firefighting. With running 25 - 40 calls a month plus training that soaks up all the extra time and sleeping time I have. Do like to get in some fishing here and ther but thanks to a doped up guy driving on my side of the road, I did'nt get much of that in this summer, allthough sitting around with nothing to do is what got back to building again.
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Posted by gregers on Friday, October 24, 2003 5:46 PM
when i aint on the forums or mutilating modelkits i have a 1957 series one landrover that i am restoring. i am also doing a running restoration on a 1961 series two landrover. i was doing a 1987 saab 900 for myself but i gave that to my son and we are doing it up together. i also have an old honda CB125 that i am going to have to get some work done on so i can use it next year. other than that i read and am also into photography but all i seem to take pics of now are landrovers and aircraft , and i also collect diecast aircraft and cars. Greg
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Posted by Woody on Friday, October 24, 2003 6:20 PM
What a fun topic! I love woodworking and build furniture. I'm an avid pistol and military rifle shooter and collector when the budget allows. I collect 1/18 scale diecast muscle cars and like to dabble in real muscle cars from time to time. I collect comic books off and on and like Iron Man comics the best. Cool [8D]

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 6:39 PM
Well, lets see.. I'm soon going to get back into indoor climbing and start using my mountainbike again (what? In Holland??? Its flat! I know, but it gets muddy..). I also do some CG 3D modelling, PC games (hate consoles with a passion) mainly combat sims and basicly any kind of digital imagery I can do. I traded riding stupidly fast motorcycles (saw 165 miles per hour and the damn thing was still accelerating!) in for driving stupidly slow Land Rovers. Besides modelling, my Land Rover takes up most of my time. I also do some creative writing, mainly sci-fi. Here's an excerpt (sp?) from something I just started. Its an old draft, because the latest version is on my work pc at the office:

The rain pattered down on the small fluorescent tarpaulin tent, giving the occupants the impression they were sitting under a rather large bowl of rice crispies. The rounder, older man unscrewed the top of his thermos flask and poured himself and his young companion a cup of tea. The two watched in the silent disinterest only civil servants have as the downpour happily washed the trench they had just (disinterestedly,) finished digging full of mud, water and pedestrians. Any normal person would get rather miffed about their hard work being ruined like this, but these weren’t normal people, these were people who worked for the council! The tall young lad took the tea and nodded thankfully, then stared doe-eyed out into the grim dampness of it all, wondering what to peel the back off and stick onto his Ford Escort next. The new road through the centre of town they had just recently dug up (again), had just as recently been laid down to cater for the amount of traffic (momentarily diverted) that was predicted to come from the new motorway (which was also being dug up… Also again). He watched the as the street slowly transformed into what resembled a huge bathtub, with their trench being the plug hole. A ridiculously brightly coloured beach ball floated lazily past. It was, after all, summertime. Sticking out like charisma and personality at an accountants convention its offensive brightness contrasted with the solemn grey surroundings that seemed to be condescending its frightful lack of manners as it slowly disappeared around the back of the bus stop. This was lost on the men from the council. These men were on a mission. These men were here in the name of efficiency.

Ehh.. What else. I'm horribly forgetful. Ah yes, sci-fi movies and their parafinalia.. I get up to lots of stuff, really. Rarely bored. And when I am it means I should be sleeping.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 9:31 PM
Just a couple ...
Collecting Canadian decimal coins, started with some old cents I inherited when I was a kid, and is getting serious now.
Building a 1:1 scale aircraft in the garage, when I can kick my son's trucks out long enough to set a few rivets.
Playing competitive darts (recruiting ad: Do you like to drink and throw things?)
Woodworking. Whenever my wife wants something I make it for her. Latest is bedroom furniture.
In my quiet time I like to read. for some reason my tastes divide between times at home and times away on business. At home I read history, away I read mysteries with lots of gratuitous sex and violence.
Treasurer of my church.
I help my sons with their RC aircraft, started a club in my town.
Oh yeah, I research future modelling projects. Sometimes build them too!
Bruce


A wise man once said if you want something done, give it to a busy person.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, October 24, 2003 10:23 PM
My only collections other than unbuilt kits are Navy hats. You know, the hats with the ships name and hull number the crews wear. I have just about every ship the Navy has sailed in the last hundred years. Strange collection for a former Army to have i know.My other hobbies include recreational shooting, reading (history mainly), and making sure my Heineken importer never goes out of business. And as a side note toGregers, in the States we call people with more than two non-working vehicles in their yards or garages, rednecks. Welcome to the fold.
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