My Precious….

My want list is pretty small when it comes to modelling. I have most of the kits I really want, as well as a few extras. Sure there are a few “nice to haves” but the ” current must have list” just shrank by one. One huge one that is! This is the 1977 MPC release of the Airfix 1/24 Scale Ju87B Stuka Dive Bomber and it’s still shrink wrapped! My dads parents gave me one of these exact kits for Christmas in 1977. Almost exactly 37 years ago. It’s a large kit. It seems a bit smaller to the adult me but make no mistake this is a big box of big fun! I can’t wait to finish up some of the other builds I have going so I can start on this beast.

So what’s left on that “must have” list? Well it’s pretty short compared to most…

  • Aurora 1/72 Scale Hughes Airwest DC-9 – My Dad gave my brother and I each one of these when he flew home to California from being treated for burns in Las Vegas in 1976. Once in a while they show up on the market but they are extremely rare and expensive.
  • Revell’s 1973 release H124 Eastern Airlines L-1011 – Another Christmas present from long ago from my Dad
  • VFS 1/24th Scale P-47M Thunderbolt – The P-47 is my favorite WW2 Fighter and the M was the epitome of the design. This kit is still in development and is due to be releaesed this coming January. I’m not holding my breath being as it was supposed to have been available for months now but I will have one. The only thing that could be better would be a Razorback D model but I’m not that picky. You can see my 1/48 Scale P-47M here.

This is an exercise in patience. It took me @ 5 years to find this Stuka with a combination of price and condition that I was willing to accept. I’ll just wait and see what I fall into on the others. I won’t die without them but two of them hold memories from a simpler time when a box of plastic reminded me that my Dad loved me enough to think of me when he had so many other things to deal with.


Workbench? Um, yeah, I have one of those somewhere

What a whirlwind the last few months have been! I have not been to the bench since the last update back in January but with good reason. Life has thrown us all here a huge bundle of opportunity all at once and we are taking advantage of it as best we can. My wife has been given the opportunity to leave her admin position and return to teaching which means she had to pursue a fast track to get certified and that she will be away from home at school this summer for 8 weeks. I myself, besides holding down my full time job, have been blessed with a large amount of consulting work since December. As a matter of fact I have so much stacked up on my plate that leaving the full time job behind may become a necessity in the near future. Throw in three kids and that means zero free time for myself and the wife. Oh, and did I mention that I have been studying for the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications.

Boy, proofreading that paragraph just made me tired. 😛

There is some hope for the workbench though. You see I have a special project coming up. It’s going to be long and involved and hopefully most excellent.  I can’t share it but be on the lookout over the next few months. Till then here is a tidbit from myself and my daughter over at the IPMSUSA site.

Tis the Season

I have realized something these past few weeks. It took a bit to sink in but it really solidified for me the night before last as I listened to my children answer that dreaded question “What do you want for Christmas?”

My oldest is easy. He wants the latest XBOX shootem’ up game so he can play with his buddies. No guess work, no wobbling, no problem at all.

My youngest isn’t quite as easy but he does have it nailed down to a general area. He likes R/C stuff. Any kind of R/C stuff. Planes, cars, helicopters, tanks, he’ll take them all. Oh, and of course he wants an iPad too.

Then we have the middle one. My wonderful daughter who is never at a loss for want. As she rambled off her seemingly endless list of wants I found my mind wandering as it sometimes does when I’ve quit listening to the person that is talking. (Yeah, I do that too. ) As she droned on my mind went off in the direction of my thoughts over the last few weeks.

You see, I’ve reached that point in my life where I really have no wants. Sure there are things that I would like to have but I really do not want for anything. I can sit here and look at the path of my life not as ups and downs but as a series of events that have led me here to where I am now. It’s kind of like an old black and white film. There are bits and pieces missing but the major events that formed me are still intact. I have a family that I would envy were it not mine, friends that I truly cherish, and the undeserved grace of God. I really could not ask for, nor do I want for, anything more.