[WWI] Who Inspired You?
djuggie at comcast.net
Tue Jul 19 22:18:29 EDT 2011
On Tue, 2011-07-19 at 21:47 -0400, mikemuth wrote:
> While waiting for my coal-fired laptop to print out a couple of items
> I was thinking about who got me interested in building scale models.
> Somewhere around 1955, I brought home a Guillow's Endurance Flyer and
> had no clue what I bought. My Dad got me some glue, gave a few
> pointers and I was basically on my own. He would buy me supplies as I
> needed them. As I progressed and made them more and more authentic, I
> could no longer launch them into the air. I guess plastic was a
> natural progression.
> Like most, I gave up modelling when I left home in 1960 but tried
> modelling with a woman who would vent her wrath on my kits. In 1980 I
> returned to the hobby with a new wife and a new attitude. Tech
> Support is the most supportive woman I know with my hobby, even
> defending it against me when I say I should put the planes aside and
> concentrate on other things.
> I also bought kits for my retirement and am now emptying my shelves to
> the tune of 15 to 20 kits a year.
> But the question was "who inspired you." For me no one. My Dad gave
> me the help to start buy never worked with me. He never showed any
> interest in plastic. No one else in the neighborhood built models. I
> have always liked the WW1 planes and that love has stayed with me. My
> inspiration now comes from all of you with your excellent kits and
> encouragement. So I thank you.
> P.S. My first "Xacto" knife was one of Dad's Double edged blades with
> adhesive tape on one blade to keep me from cutting off my fingers. I
> was probably in my late twenties when I discovered a hobby knife.
"Each modeler will rise to their own level of masochisim."
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