I’ve been a modeler nearly all my life and that’s a pretty long time. It’s funny how when something captivates you as a child, it can have a lasting effect on the rest of your life, as it did on mine.
I wonder if my mother would have brought home a sewing kit when I was young, that I would have become a tailor. If she brought me a toy firetruck maybe I would be a firefighter right now. I will never know. However, silently, I thanked God many times that on that day, ballet shoes were sold out!
Definitely the kits she gave me got me started building models, which has played a major role in my life. I can’t think of a moment when or where I wasn’t thinking in scale.
Now you might say, “How sad,” but truthfully, if I can be completely honest, by being almost ‘consumed” with the hobby throughout my existence, I learned, studied, discovered and understood more about mechanisms and life itself, than what I would have picked up, being the finest of engineers!
I also belong to the generation that has had the opportunity to witness the evolution of the hobby as it has grown up – from the early trial plastic injection kits, plaster and crude polyester update sets, to super detailed kits, resin, PE and the dawn of 3D!
I like to reminisce about the bygone days of modeling and the friends I’ve made along the way. It keeps me going and I draw energy out of it, knowing that the hobby is alive and well and rather steadily growing into a definite artform where one can express him or herself.
Modeling is no longer a toy concept. It has evolved over the years into a competitive industry that helps you to uncover a hidden versatility you might never have discovered if you would have taken up wine tasting!
It is hard these days, to convince kids that being patient is a blessing. If they can just experience the thrill of holding a model they built and finished themselves in the palm of their hand, it will become a part of their lives has it has mine. But you know, maybe I’m too much old school and should loosen up a little.
At the end of the day, it’s all good and I hope that I can build and exercise my craft for a long time to come.
After all, I’m too old to die young anyway!