Greetings all from Southeast Michigan:
I am a brand new member to IPMSUSA, something I realize I should have done decades ago, but nonetheless, I finally decided to make the move.
Being 66 years old means, well, a few things; more available time at the modeling bench thanks to retirement, needing ever more magnification to see what's ON the bench, and like all of you, facing challenges in finding where to put the stuff I make. But I've definitely got the bug...bad.
My dad passed on the genetic material that I now have for this hobby; he used to make kits himself back in the paleozoic era of the early 60's and I clearly remember some of the aircraft models he made that were hung from my bedroom ceiling, there until my brother and I knocked them down from horsing around. We used to make our models together back then, and when we broke them or got new ones we kept a huge spare parts box that we'd franken-glue new stuff together, kit bashing to our hearts content. No airbrush or hardly even paint back then, just Testor's glue and crazy imaginations. Dragsters with 6 or 8 jet engines, for instance, figures with 3 heads or animal/human hybridized concoctions, trucks with wings, etc., each one a different make or even scale. We didn't care and it didn't matter.
It was decades later, after my own family was established that I re-discovered the old styrene aroma that so captivated me when I was young and I renewed my deep fascination with building, but now with much more patience, ability, and resources available to me than I ever dreamed possible.
So today the dream lives on; I love being at the bench and can easily find myself squirreled away in my basement for 5-6 hours at a stretch fiddling over some cranky P.E. laced sub-assembly procedure until I can hold it up and crow with victory at what I've done. I don't have a huge stash like many of you have, but I keep trying.