I was born to
the children of Polish immigrants in 1954 near Boston, Massachusetts,
USA in the mid-1950's. My father initially worked as a machinist producing
aircraft engines then served in the Navy crewing landing craft in
the south pacific (but oddly now I am not much interested in modeling
aircraft or ships). I caught interest in modeling from an older brother
who lost interest due to girls. Due to the antiwar movement in the
1970's, girls, music like Pink Floyd, love for Nordic skiing and camping,
and work I too lost interest in modeling, but occasionally dreamed
of going back to it. Many of my model airplanes were blown up on the
front lawn with firecrackers!
In the 1980's I graduated college with a degree in Geology, worked
as a ship's officer and hydrographer for the US Coast & Geodetic
Survey. Presently I work for the state of Maine, Department of Environmental
Protection responding to oil & chemical spills, specializing in
oil storage tanks (wherever I go there seem to be 'tanks'). In the
early 1990's with the birth of two children, a new house in Durham,
Maine, USA and full time work I returned to modeling with full encouragement
of my wife (a decision she oftentimes regrets when the VISA bill arrives
in the mail!). My first kit was an ESCI SdKfz 250/9 kit and I fell
in love again. I presently have about 90 built models, finish about
10 a year and have about 300 unbuilt kits, not including a dozen or
two 1/35 that I should dump as I'll never build them.
Our phone receptionist at work gave me the nickname of 'Tank Whisperer'
because I am good at finding old underground oil tanks and I have
decided to carry it over as a modeling nickname too.