While I don't remember my first kit, I do know that all my models were played with, some more heavily than others; Testors Mustangs and Monogram Spitfires were replaced several times! Eventually my models became more than just toys, they were something to display with pride and accomplishment. That was about the time my brothers and I discovered Uncle Bill's Hobby shop. It was almost like being at home. Models all around; hanging up; in display cases; shelves stocked to the roof! WOW! It wasn't long until I was encouraged to step up to an airbrush. My first spraying attempt, a Matchbox 1/32 Bf 109E in Adolf Galland's markings, took Best Junior in one of the store's friendly Loonie Contests. You can win prizes for building models? Sweet!!!
Soon we were members of the local model club; meeting other modellers and learning new skills to improve my modelling. I became involved with the club's executive committee; editing their newsletter and planning the annual contest. Just like the modellers from other cities travelling to our show, I was soon heading off to visit other contests and shows, bringing a variety of awards home with me. It's nice to win but I enjoy the comradery more.
In 2003 I opened Invader Hobbies as another extension of my interest with the hobby. Being able to help further others enjoyment with building models has been great. It's certainly been an adventure learning the ins and outs of capitalism. If you are looking for a kit, some aftermarket, or just want to chat come on by.
The following galleries show many of the models I've built over the years. Some date back more than 25 years! My interests change from model to model. Some builds are strictly out of the box, while on others I have used a variety of aftermarket products and scratch-built details. No longer just an aircraft guy, I've also branched out to other genres. I hope you enjoy browsing my projects.