I started building models in the mid 80s at the age of 10ish, but have probably been building for 8 to 10 years total, with maybe 3-4 years of that time in my adult life. I would have to say it was my uncle who encouraged me to build models, he had built several and I always enjoyed looking at them. Once I started building he gave a bunch to me to help my collection - i would eventually redo or mash them with my kits to my particular liking. Even though they weren't awesome, model building allowed me to use my imagination, creativity, and develop project management skills, all of which has transferred to my adult life and career.
I have been working in the Tool and Die industry, specifically, aluminum and zinc die casting, for nearly 20 years. A lot of what i know about tool and die and castings directly translates to how I look at kits and imagine how the mold is constructed to make the parts. I can usually quickly identify where sinks may be or where seams should be, although that doesn't always translate into how well i get them filled and/or sanded down.
Aside from work and tending to my family, lawn and home, modeling is my hobby. I live in West Michigan and we experience all 4 seasons every year so i would expect I will do most of my modeling in the colder months. Sorry, no hunting, not much fishing, no golf or other sports. I have a few bad discs that prevent anything that torques the back.
The forums on this site have inspired me to keep building and improving, the skills here amaze me. Also, the critiquing seems genuine and constructive - it's great to be a part of a group.
As far as what's in store to build I have been collecting alot of kits over the past couple years. Regretfully, i picked them up before i know about the kit reviews here. I have several kits with old tooling which takes a bit more work to file and sand as you know. I know everything worth doing takes time, but some of the tools take A LOT of time and make it very frustrating. Thankfully, there are better kits out there.
I am mprest... by your skills!