My name is Adam and I live in Saint Paul, MN. I’ve been building models since my dad built a Revell Westfalia VW Vanagon with me when I was about 8 years old. That was 30 years ago. In my teens I built a lot of ‘50s Chevy’s, muscle cars, and dragsters, and then I built most of the Hasegawa Group C race cars. After that, I was probably one of the only kids who built models in his college dorm and after college I spent the money from my first job on Tamiya rally and touring car kits. My user name is in honor of my favorite kit I ever built, the Tamiya Jordan 191 F1 car (I’ll post pics sometime). I ended up taking about a 10 year hiatus from building and have little kids now that have taken up my time. I recently returned to the hobby as a strategy to deal with a drinking problem I developed. Now I wake up exhausted from building late into the night, and I have an eye strain headache from concentrating on tiny pieces, but it sure beats a hangover. I am currently building three kits: 1. the Tamiya Porsche GT2 racecar, 2. a Hasegawa Subaru WRX, and 3. the AMT Model T “2 kits, one box”. I've learned a lot from lurking here already. The Model T is coming along, so I will start posting pictures.
life long model builder returning from a hiatus
Posted 06 September 2013 - 08:58 AM
Welcome to the forum and do yourself a BIG favor and stay off the booze. In time, you'll be very happy you did.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:13 PM
Welcome back, Adam.
I was somewhat of an alcoholic back in the 70s & 80s. After doing some nasty damage to a person I loved with a knife, I sought help. The VA shrink taught me self-hypnosis and that I get violent after the 3rd drink. So, since 1985, I have NEVER had more than 3.
Now let's get to building and post some pics.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:16 PM
Welcome back. I like to think of this hobby as a positive addiction
Posted 06 September 2013 - 12:21 PM
Yes, I've bought a lot of plastic lately. Not to turn this into an AA session, but the nice thing about building is that you really can't do it under the influence, so it motivates you in a positive way.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:13 PM
Hi Adam! I'm more interested in your avatar. I worked at a Red Owl in my high school years. This was in a small town in North Dakota. I don't suppose there are too many people on here that have ever heard of Red Owl. Sadly, my home town store is no more.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:19 PM
Posted 07 September 2013 - 09:14 AM
I know about the ol red owl I was born in 83' in shokopee mn, as I grew as a kid I want to say in the 80's is when the owl stores started disappearing in the twin cities areas, smaller mn towns still seemed to have them, then one day they were gone........ and wala super value havn't been home to mn for 2 yrs or so so I don't know is super value is still around or not?
I only now kow of the big guys..... cub foods, rainbow foods, holiday stores, of course now Costco and wally mart, sure theres now super targets now too
Posted 07 September 2013 - 11:14 AM
Posted 16 September 2013 - 09:36 PM
Adam, good to see you back in the hobby, I can relate.
Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:46 AM
Little kids and a drinking problem? Boy I can understand that one.
Anyway, congrats on realizing the problem (usually the hard part) and bravo on your method of convalesce. Welcome back to the fold.
Posted 17 September 2013 - 05:36 PM
Having had friends that have dealt with addictions ranging from a bit silly (shoes) to drugs, alcohol and some other bad stuff, I hope the hobby gives you enough peace of mind to concentrate on looking ahead in all parts of life.
And yes, Supervalu is in trouble. They recently sold off their New Englnad branch, Shaw's and Star Markets to an investor group to try and gain solvency.
Posted 28 September 2013 - 09:15 AM