The reissue (in '99) ERTL Space 1999 gave me the kick to come back to modelling after a 5 years break. Never stopped since. I like to alternate between building cars, sci-fi, planes kits. That way I don't get the ''modelling sickness'' or ''modelling burnout''. I also like to read about what I'm about to built. That's what I did before building my Lockheed NF-104. That's what I'm doing for an AVRO ARROW build. Same goes for my current AVRO C102 Jetliner project, and finally a AVRO CF-100. I'm in a AVRO overdose right now....... and enjoying it a lot!!!!
i have uncles that were into modelling . as early as i can remember i would watch in utter fascination as they took a pile of ( what looked to me like ) twisted plastic shapes and built a plane or car or whatever out of it .
then at around age 5 or so i saw Frankenstein on the telly and not long after that ran accross my first Famous Monsters of Filmland mag .
saw the models in the back ( remember the Captain Company ? ) and have been hooked ever since on monsters ( though i do enjoy all kinds of models ) .
I saw the Forgotten Prisoner, plus the other Aurora longbox monsters, in a model shop when I was young, couldn't have them, and was soon after equally impressed by the Tar Pit and other PS kits in the same shop. Years later, in 1994, I was looking through a copy of Toy Shop magazine for advertising collectables, and saw the Forgotten Prisoner and the other kits in the little box photos. Learing that the kits had been made by a company called Aurora, I happened across the Bruegman Aurora book in 1994 as well, bought it, and was immediately hooked.
Back then there was no ebay or Polar Lights, so I started buying Aurora kits through the clssified ads in a UK modelling magazine. So far I've built 70 different Aurora kits, many of them more than once, and have acquired over 100 in total, some of which I don't intend to build, and am still looking for a part-assembled example which I can build.
I should add that I was a model kt builder as a kid, but those Airfix aircraft and Esci/Matchbox/Hasegawa 1/72 tanks and figures didn't get me hooked; Aurora kits are my one fascination.
It was peer pressure, I tell you. My friends were all doing it. They called me names because I wasn't doing it. I didn't want to. I resisted but I could no longer stand all the taunting. I gave in and started building. I was hooked almost instantly.
Sure, I went to rehab places like Betty Ford and others to kick my habit. I sometimes spent years not building. Eventually though I would revert back to my old ways and start buying kits and paint and glue. Then I bought my first Dremel. There was no looking back. I'm now stuck with this life long obsession. A normal life is for other people.
My dear ole Dad (a prolific scratchbuilder of paddle steamers) who came home one day with a bagged Airfix Bolton Paul Defiant and a tube of glue.
Enjoyed it right from the get go and still do.
Never really left off modeling i think.
The constant and nagging question of
"I'd like to build a *insert subject name here*"
which was and is usually swiftly followed by
"hmmm, wonder if i can really make a decent job of *insert previously decided upon subject name here*"
When I as a kid, my Dad knew a wholesaler. My dad brought me home a ton of kits, all at below cost. How could I not model? I stopped for a number of years, and then, in my early thirties I picked it up again! Don't really know why, but I got hooked and now I spend a lot of free time doing it. I do mostly sci-fi, with a few dinosaurs thrown in for good measure. I guess, in some ways, it's a bit of escapism with the satisfaction of creating something with my hands (even it I don't scratchbuild)
My Dad used to build those giant military tank & planes kits they used to have in the sixties, and he bought me the VERY old TOS Enterprise kit that had the light kit, and that gave me the bug. I built kits thru out my childhood. 'course there was a lot more selection back then. I neglected the hobby thru most of the eighties, distracted by other hobbies and interest. Like many people of my generation, when I quit( well, seriously cut back anyway) the bars and partying in my late-thirties, I was astonished at all the disposable income I suddenly had and kinda fell back into the hobby.
Because I'm in my second childhood !
Circumstances were such that I grew up fast and missed my first childhood. These models didn't exist when I was young. Now, due to health concerns, I can sit and build miniature worlds without much physical exertion and also find an outlet for my artistic creativity.
Also, it's a good excuse to hide from and ignore the old lady !!!
One day, when I was a kid, my Dad brought home a Frankenstein kit for me (for the life of me, I can't remember what kit he got my brother). We built that kit at the kitchen table of our small hous, and I was hooked right away. I couldn't get the glue and paint on 'em fast enough, shove it aside and get on to the next one!! Seams, schmeams! Boy, I wish I still had some of those old kits around now. I think around the end of high school, I just stopped, I can't remember why, really.
Fast foward to about '89 or '90(?), I have kids, one of which is a 6 year old son. I take him to a comic book store, to nuture his zest for fine literature. On the shelf, I spot an Horizon vinyl kit of The Thing (Fantastic Four). It was just a real cool sculpt and I thought, "Hey, this is kinda cool! Man, I haven't done a model in over 12 years!" I bought it and, to make a long story short, 270 kits later, I'm back to the hobby that I loved so much as a kid!!
I would have agree with the others who have said it's the feeling of being able to create something with your hands, to have complete control on how it looks as a finished piece.