1967 or soâ€¦My first modeling experienceâ€¦Frankenstein from Aurora's "Monsters of the Movies series"â€¦purchased in Fambro's Five & Dime in beautiful downtown Canton GAâ€¦went on to build most of the seriesâ€¦Wolfman, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Mummy, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dr. Jekyll as Mr. Hyde, Phantom of the Operaâ€¦even the Guillotine, which was eventually removed from the market for "being too gruesome"â€¦at a buck or so each, what a bargain!!
1968â€¦Started on Hot Rods & Customsâ€¦Red Baron, Boot Hill Express, etc. Built an occasional "regular" model car or an airplane, usually in a lovely shade of lime greenâ€¦if I painted it at all! Got into the Aurora figures again, this time Superman, Spider-Man, Captain Americaâ€¦
1970â€¦A family friend gave me a grocery bag full of paperback books, including a tattered copy of "1001 Model Airplane Ideas" without a cover...well, I was inspired to start building airplanesâ€¦jets and props, the Revell 1/72 "Fighting Deuces Series" (Tempest vs '109, Corsair vs Zero)â€¦a few real space things (LEM, Command Module, "spacewalking" Gemini Astronaut model)â€¦moved to the Aurora WWI fightersâ€¦built the Albatros, DVII, Sopwith Camel, SE5a, Nieuport 17â€¦ and an occasional car modelâ€¦
1972 or soâ€¦Parents dragged me Christmas shopping for my new nephew, to Lionel Leisure City in Doraville, GAâ€¦and there, inside this gigantic toy store, was a full blown Hobby Shop!! I discovered the 1/48 Monogram WWII fighters, and built them all through high school. Also, I found Revell's 1/28 WWI Fighters (Sopwith Camel, Fokker Dr.I, and SPAD XIII) and 1/32 WWII fighters (P-51B, P-47D, Fw190D, P-38)â€¦Again, an occasional car modelâ€¦particularly when I got close to 16 and started getting interested in cars.
1976 or soâ€¦Dropped out of the hobby after high school, going through the college yearsâ€¦
1980â€¦After college, I got marriedâ€¦and, on a rare occasion, I would build a model car, if something really caught my eyeâ€¦
1982...graduated from Chiropractic College and opened my practice...that kept me really busy for the next few years!...and still does!
1987â€¦Found FineScale Modeler magazine, December 1987 issueâ€¦subscribed, and bought all of the available back issues. Starting building anytime that I could find the timeâ€¦a few airplanes, an occasional car, not muchâ€¦but I read the magazine religiously, and wished I could build models like those guys couldâ€¦(Steinbrunn's article in that first issue was a huge inspirationâ€¦Robert Scott's P-40E "Old Exterminator")â€¦
1992â€¦Wife and I split up, ugly storyâ€¦started back building Muscle Cars, primarily as cheap entertainmentâ€¦kits were readily available at local department stores, easy reference material in the Hot Rod magazines on the newsstand (no internet service back then)â€¦with no airbrush, rattle cans held the basic colors I could useâ€¦occasionally built something different (airplane, dinosaur, etc) just to break the monotonyâ€¦
1993â€¦Did a one day at the Atlanta IPMS Nats, just to see what that was likeâ€¦basically, it scared the crap outta meâ€¦Woof, could I ever be THAT good???...probably not, so why bother joining IPMS?â€¦
1997â€¦Backed out of the hobby again, due to lack of timeâ€¦had re-married, my "honey-do list" was a mile long, practice was booming, got involved in community service organization (Optimist International)â€¦and so onâ€¦
2004â€¦Stopped by a friend's house for the first time, even though we had known each other for a few yearsâ€¦the shelves in his home office were lined with 1/72 model aircraftâ€¦the fever hit again, and since I always loved aircraft, that's the direction I tookâ€¦
Spring 2005â€¦ Hobbytown USA opened near my homeâ€¦saw a flyer about a Modeling Club trying to form, and I got involved with the club. Did another one day visit at the Nats in Atlanta, with my friend that built the 1/72 fighters. I joined IPMS in late 2005...
Fall 2005â€¦Entered my first contest, the local Hobbytown USA Contestâ€¦we finally got our five IPMS members together, and received our charter, IPMS/Georgia Mountain Modelersâ€¦ left a meeting early to pick up office supplies, and was elected President...and still am.
2006â€¦Started concentrating on gaining & improving skills, getting the right tools for the job, and becoming a better modelerâ€¦got my first airbrush, and I'm still trying to figure out to use the darned thing (LOL!).
2007â€¦ Joined the Reviewers Corpsâ€¦mainly because one friend, already a member of the Corps, just wouldn't stop nudging me in that directionâ€¦and I've had a blast with it, lots of fun and some good challenges that allowed me to learn even moreâ€¦
2008â€¦First time to participate in what I would call "serious" competitionâ€¦attended two shows/contests that year (one of them was IPMS)â€¦couple of awards (no bests, no firsts)â€¦lots of good times and fellowshipâ€¦actually had a couple of people pay me (real money!) to build a model for them, and how cool is that?
2009â€¦Still here, still building. Am I getting better?...maybe. G-S-B or 1-2-3?...Doesn't matter that much to me. I enter to participate and support, visit my old friends, and make some new ones. Am I going to bring home a "Best of Show" trophy?...probably not. Did I ever bring home a "First Place" trophy?...yes, actually won two at the Region 3 Contest in June. I was approached, and encouraged, to run for an IPMS National Office...don't know if I'm ready to take on anything like that. Am I going to have some fun?...as much as I can, and when I can.