I was nine years old when I first saw Star Wars. When the Star Destroyer went over in the opening shot (and kept going and going) it blew me away! I was hooked.
I was not into the toys, as much, but the models intrigued me. When I was a kid, I ate a lot of cereal... since cardboard and glue were my only affordable mediums. Those years taught me how to scratch-build anything.
Those years taught me how to scratch-build anything. I made my first cardboard Millennium Falcon when I was 13, including headlights and a detailed hinged cockpit. I remember winning an art award (ok, it was middle-school).
I also built a Neb-B, RBR, SSD Executor, and a studio-scale (-ish) Star Destroyer Bridge (with lighting) and a TaunTaun with rider Luke made from an Evil Knievel (wish I had all of those pictures). Then there was that cardboard R2D2 when I was 15 (and 6' 1") that I could climb into and roll around in... was the hit of Halloween at school. Not bad for a Geek.
I have an amazing "non-geek" wife of over 27 years that supports and appreciates my passion. I also had the awesome experience (and 60-100 hour weeks for 30 years) of partnering to scratch-build a company starting at 19 years old, in all roles of computer engineering. Still, I made time to scratch-build spaceship and house models, Around 2004, I inventoried my stash of Star Wars models as I had also discovered the world of resin and fiberglass garage-kits. Then I started going to shows... even met Lorne and some of the other ILMers, as well as an awesome group of fellow builders. I was hooked (again)!
Realizing that I have one of the most complete Star Wars model collection in the world... why not share? As a collector, it is just darn cool to look at. As an artist, I still appreciate how they kit-bashed these things together back-in-the-day. As an engineer, I respect how tech is used to make movies now. I also like to solve untried diorama builds... like my cut-away 4' DS2 Port. It started out as a $25 steel rack from a nearby store-closing. The math of the port intrigued me... and I will finish it one day!
Enjoy this stuff (and be patient as I try to further organize all 1000+ kits and accessories. If you have a question about a Star Wars model, I can probably answer your SOS from my Stash of Sprues (SOS).
Inspire onto others as you would have them inspire onto you... or something like that.
-- Kevin (OTnROTSfan)