|The boy and his dog|
1) How long have you been modeling?
I've been modeling since I was a kid, but took about a 15 year break after my early teens. I got back into it on my wife's suggestion (I bet she's sorry now!). I've been back at it now for about seven years.
1b) How long have you been a TCAH member?
I joined TCAH shortly after the 1995 regional, so around 8 years. In that time I've been President, newsletter editor (twice) and webmaster.
2) What was the first model that you built?
It was either a tank or a helicopter; I really don't remember which was first.
2a) What do you remember most about it?
The thing I remember most about it is blowing things up with it after I finished gluing it together.
3) What was the last model that you built?
I just finished a 72nd scale M4A1 Sherman from Revell. It's my first tank since that early one that I built. My last aircraft was a Yugoslavian Tamiya Spitfire Mk5.
3a) What do you remember most about it?
The Sherman was an excellent little kit and a good one to try if you just want to do a simple armor piece. The Spit kit from Tamiya is just plain excellent. It goes together pretty easy and looks very nice when finished.
4) Do you have a theme (or themes) to your modeling collection?
- Spitfires in 72nd.
- Captured Japanese aircraft in Allied Markings and other captured aircraft in general.
- Japanese surrender aircraft in 144th scale.
5) What's your favorite aircraft and why?
The Zero. After spending a lot of time reading and researching it, I just fell in love with it's lines, design and markings. It was really interesting how much of a technological jump this aircraft made for the Japanese. On the American side it's the P-38. While I don't build many of them, it's still a great looking aircraft.
6) What has been your favorite kit or model that you've built? Why?
A 72nd scale B-17 for a friend of mine that was a radioman on that aircraft. He had brought photos in to work to show me "his" aircraft so I decided to build him one. It was a conversion to a General's aircraft. The best part of the build was presenting it to him and seeing his reaction. He still keeps it in a little display case on top of his television.
7) How many kits have you built?
Around 80 or 90 I'd guess with about a dozen or so Zeros and seven or eight Spits in the group.
8) How many un-built kits do you have?
Somewhere around 200. 60% are 48th scale, 20% 72nd scale, and 20% are 144th scale
9) Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
I work as a computer geek for a large lumber company. I've been married to my wife Amy for 16+ years and we have three dogs (Charles, Jessie and Sam). I also run the website J-aircraft.com.
10) What other hobbies do you have?
My wife and I raise and train hunting dogs (Brittanys) as well as running several websites.