I am 48, and have enjoyed working with my hands my whole life. I did some models as a kid, put together some bicycles, then I got my first car at 13. I worked on Pontiacs and Mopars and Fords. For a living I worked in auto parts, with short spells as a bench jeweler, and even worked on a crew digging high end swimming pools. I got into European cars: ALFA, BMW, FIAT, Volvo. After lots of parts cars and a few restorations the prices just got ridiculous and progress ceased. It was then that I rediscovered bicycles. Started with the classic Schwinn bikes, then moved on to the Japanese bikes from the "bike boom" era. After restoring bikes for people and then seeing them leave them out in the rain, pawn them, etc., my enthusiasm waned. I rediscovered models and started on a small stash. I didn't get too far into this because it was discovered that the house we were living in was full of toxic black mold. Other issues became paramount. To survive this challenge, EVERYTHING we owned had to go into the trash. Even had to sell our everyday cars because they were "spored" too. We moved across town and started over. Started amassing a new stash of models and started on a new bicycle.
I started putting together my ulitimate shop. This was several projects rolled into one. The models themselves should be a respite compared to the shop.
I like cars mainly, but plan to do some boats and some structures for diorama displays.
Time to get to work.