I started modeling around 8 years old all on my own. I did monsters, show cars, silly surfers, etc. up until I was about 14/15. Then I became a huge space program buff and turned to model rocketry where you could build and then "play" with them after! I did serious model rocketry for years and only the very rare plastic model almost always space related. Around the time I turned 50ish about 9 years back I saw the Aurora Monster 4 Pack in Toys 'r Us and that really struck a cord remembering building a couple of those in the mid-60s and also remembering Shock Theater in the Tampa Bay area on Friday nights. I bought it and haven't turned back since. I have all the original Aurora's, mostly Round 2 repops but that is all I care about, and also some of those cool show cars, Ed Roth/Daniels/etc., and all the space and scifi models stacked in my workshop to build someday. And or course now with Moebius, Monarch, Round 2 (and all their sub brands), as well as garage kits it is like modeler heaven. Also I have much more significant financial resources so the shop is really setup rather than 4 bottles of Testors namels and a couple of brushes. I never really stopped modeling in one form or another but since picking up that kit a decade ago I have really enjoyed returning full bore to the hobby.