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  • Member since
    November 2019
Hi from Arizona
Posted by DonBrent on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:03 PM

Hi Everyone,

My name is Don Brent and I am currently residing in the Greater Phoenix area in sunny Arizona.  My model building experience can best be described as sporadic and varied.  I've delved into almost every facet of model building from RC Planes, N Scale Trains, Model Rockets, Plastic Kits of all types and even tried a Wooden Boat Model.  That covers the varied part...
As for the sporadic part, I've always tended to model in fits and starts.  I'll get excited to work on a model or start getting serious about working on models again as a regular hobby and then something in life will either distract me or consume all of my disposable income for a time and the idea gets dropped.  To be perfectly honest, the last truly proper plastic model kit I've finished completely was a model of an M1A1 Abrahms Main Battle Tank that I completed back in 2004.  I've done several other models since then but nothing in plastic genre.
So...that's my background, but why am I here now?  Recently I've had a desire to get back into plastic model building as I remember it having a unique ability to rid me of everyday stress from work and other pressures in life.  I'm a Software Engineer by trade and working on models provides a creative and tactile outlet that lets me work with my hands.  Also, I've recently moved into a new house and finally have some dedicated space for modeling and have spent a few of these past weeks and months locating, unpacking and organizing my tools, supplies and work area.
Another confession... I have not built a model car since Jr High School (circa 1977) when I remember crudely assembling and (brush) painting a Funny Car model with Testors "nail polish" enamel paints.  To be honest I can't recall if I finished it or chucked it.  So from that experience to last week when I finally started construction of a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T.  I'll post a thread with specifics and progress photos in the Muscle Car forum in the next day or two.
So wish me luck.  My last attempt at a plastic model was a Submarine that ended up in the garbage about a month ago after a "glue incident".  I'm hoping this goes much better and so far, so good.
One last thing I will share about myself is that I suffer from pretty significant "Essential Tremor".  It really adds a challenge to working with small parts.  So far I've been able to cope, but I fear if it gets worse (and it will) I may not be able to continue in the hobby.  But for now, I look forward to chatting with you all and gleaning as much wisdom from your experiences as I can pack into my old senile head!
Many thanks in advance,

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  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: long island, new york
Posted by chucky on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 7:37 PM

Welcome, Don! Good luck in you new start in the hobby. Sounds like you have a nice work area and supplies. While some model building exercises can be stressful, they also encourage problem solving. Sometimes the challenges are part of the fun. There are members here with significant physical issues that affect their building but they soldier on for the enjoyment. I'll be looking for your post in muscle cars. While I like just about any automotive subject, my favorites are Mopars. I've spent a few days in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona and I envy your environment (especially with today's weather here on Long Island). I've stopped posting here since my issue with Photobucket but I'm here every night as I have been for quite a few years now. There's plenty of help here so ask away if you run into problems or need suggestions. Welcome


  • Member since
    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:08 AM

Welcome to the forum, Don. It's a great place to get back to car modelling. Enjoy, and good luck.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


  • Member since
    May 2008
  • From: In PA
Posted by Builder X on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 7:48 PM

Welcome Don, Dig in and glue on, don't forget to post pics!!

  • Member since
    May 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, November 14, 2019 5:52 PM

Hello and welcome Don, glad to have you here in the forum.



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