I'm a retired Lieutenant Fire Fighter / EMT. Prior to working as a Firefighter, I also served in Law Enforcement for several years.

In following with our long line of family military service, dating all the way back to 1776, I'm a US Army veteran (tanker) serving in M-60A1 and eventually the M1-A1 series tanks, but only for a short while. So I'm kind of like "Lt. Dan" from the movie Forrest Gump. However my Dad broke our "family curse" of having members killed in every major conflict that the United States has ever had. He was wounded in Korea, but not killed. Otherwise I wouldn't be here if he was.

My other hobbies include restoring old Mopar muscle cars from the late 1960's and early '70s. I also enjoy building aircraft in 1/48 & 1/32 scale, along with 1/35 Armor. I especially like the WW2 stuff. Lately I have been gravitating towards the First World War 1/32 scale aviation kits though...

I built my first model (Revell 1/32 P-40 "Flying Tigers" version) when I was 8 years old. I currently have about 600 kits ( of which about 1/4 are built).