Old Friends and a New Place
With the boy child moving out of the nest, the need to renovate the upstairs became a topic of discussions initiated by my wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed. Since my Camera/Office room upstairs was the biggest space and often never used for anything other than equipment and media storage, it was decided that I would move. My room was a nicely sized 156.38 sf (14.53 m2) with a large walk-in closet. The new room is a tad smaller at 119.44 sf (11.10 m2) and a small reach-in closet. This felt akin to fitting 10 pounds of stuff into a 5 pound bag! It was time to rethink my photographic needs and wants for the future.
As luck would have it, SWMBO was very approving when I expressed my desires to return to the world of model making. Now for the daunting task of switching rooms. After realizing I had been harboring WAY too much stuff from previous work, family photo albums, unused photo equipment and things that did not have a place in my or anyone else’s future, I developed a plan. Having semi-retired from Professional Photography a few years ago, I could ditch/reduce my inventory and save some space.
In the process of culling and packing, I found some forgotten memories. My father had introduced me to scale modelling when I was around 7 years of age. I still have some wooden models he and his brothers had built before WWII. None of my early model airplanes survived, but some 45 years ago I switched to building AFV. Must have been the 1970 movie Patton that caused this. I was eleven at the time and Dad took me to the fancy theater where they had models of tanks in the lobby. I started building dioramas as well. Somehow, a few bits and pieces have survived.
Here is my new space, complete with a new air compressor. I still have a ton of negatives and family albums to sort/scan, as well as a collection of 8mm film reels to deal with. My plan is to alternate between working on models and scanning of film/photos to eliminate at least one of the storage racks and make room for a display case or shelves.
I’ve already started on a few ideas for builds. Beginning with an OOB Mk II Spitfire, one of the very first models I built without my father’s help, probably because of the 1969 Battle of Britain movie. Then one or two others before starting one that will require some modifications. I have in my stash a Vought OS2U Kingfisher, with the Cutting Edge corrected cowling, floats and cockpit.
After I relearn forgotten skills and learn some new ones, I have plans for two dioramas. One that will include a few of my favorite aircraft and one that will include two very special aircraft representing the Centennial Of U.S. Naval Aviation.
What will the future bring………….
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