My name is Brad Hagen, Brian offered for me to join which I was delighted to do, after looking through your forum for a while, the modeling skills here are well above mine, I am looking forward to learning a lot. You guys are absolutely incredible modelers! I have been e-mailing with Brian for probably the last 10 years or so and enjoy hearing about the history of Malta.
I am 47 and I grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota and have lived the last 20 years in some different areas of the Twin Cities, I have lived for the last five years in one of the northern suburbs.
I have been modeling since I was around seven years old, the first model I ever built by myself was the 1/25 Ramchargers dragster, still a favorite of mine and I picked up a reissue a couple years ago to really detail out someday. I always have and still have a very wide array of interests that I have modeled, I did some armor and ships as a kid but for the most part, I don't build those anymore. Always loved airplanes (my dad was a pilot) and while I used to do a lot of military planes, I really don't anymore except for the P-40, now I am mostly interested in civilian planes, mostly the Golden Age aircraft from the 20s and 30s and the air racers from the 30s, 40s, and even some of the modern air racers. I have always loved cars, sport car and endurance racers, drag racers, muscle cars and street rods as well as some of the classic cars from the 30s, I even have a motorcycle model stashed away somewhere. Really into science fiction as well as some of the real space craft. Thanks to Brian, I have also started getting into figures, I built the Aurora Wolfman as a kid, but that was my extent of figures back then. I recently picked up the reissue of the Wolfman and I'm working on getting rid of all of the seams, I have a couple of the other monster kits as well as Robby the robot from the movie Forbidden Planet as well as a couple Star Trek figures. Can't wait to really get into them, but the painting is so different from anything else I have done before, makes me nervous.
My two dream models that I have been planning for a long time are the United States Revenue Cutter (USRC) Bear, a famous ship that my great uncle served on in Alaska in the mid-20s, I have a nice set of plans, the ship was a combination sail/steam which is totally different from any ship model I have ever built. The other model is of a railroad bridge I want to do in N scale (1/160, I have slowly been gathering supplies over the years to do a small layout) from my hometown, it was built in the 1870s and now is part of a long bicycle trail. It's a combination of a wooden trestle and a steel girder bridge. Even in that scale, it will be 42 inches long. It will be a nice place to display some of my locomotives and cars. All I have to go on to draw up my own plans are a few pictures from a video.
The one reason I still do the P-40 is I have always loved that plane since I was a kid, grew up reading about the Flying Tigers and watching the John Wayne Flying Tiger movie. I have a web site devoted to that aircraft, Brian has his P-40 models on there. A gentleman recently contacted me (turns out he is also from Minnesota) and sent me probably somewhere between 120-150 slides to scanning for the web site which will be a great way to chronicle a lot of the survivors since the war, the slides range from the late 60s through now and chronicle different paint schemes each aircraft has worn since they were restored. It will be a great addition to the site and after scanning a bunch of them in, I have decided to do a lot of mine in some of the restored schemes, especially some of the more civilians schemes, something rarely seen on models.
Now what I need most of is time!