When old modeler's retire
These are photos of my fathers collection in his 'man cave' out the back of his garage. He has been modeling since he was young and would have made his first kit back in the 1950s. He has finally decided that its time for his collection to go, and he has been lucky enough to sell it as a complete unit to a single buyer. Most of my childhood was spent watching him at work, and its very clearly why I still build today. It's very sad to see the physical models go, but the memories will forever remain. He has been very active in the modeling community in New Zealand for many many years and has been the president of 2 IPMS clubs here, the Christchurch branch, and the Blenheim branch that he started in the 1980s. He mainly focused on 1/72 aircraft but pottered around sometimes with 1/35 armour. The last few years he got quite interested in ships, and lot of his ships are scratch builds. We are very much a family of modelers, and I guess scratch building ships was only natural as when my grandfather served with the RNZAF during WW2 in the pacific, he use to make models based on reconnaissance photos of Japanese ships. The fighter pilots and torpedo bomber crews would then use these models to familiarise themselves with the enemy ships before a mission. Anyway, just wanted to put these photos up as a lasting memory to his model collection and the many hours he spent dedicated to his hobby :o)
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