New member from Canada

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Fin, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Fin

    Fin New Member

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    Hello everyone..

    I just realized there's an Introductions section so I thought I'd put a few words in here.

    I live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. But I was born and raised in Montreal, and my story is probably typical - as a kid I spent many happy hours building plastic models. As I grew up and life intervened, the hobby fell by the wayside. I was also always disappointed by the available selection. The models I wanted were simply not manufactured by anyone.

    In particular, I wanted to build a model of the Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977, when I was about 14 or so. While surfing the net in my 40s, I discovered that the ESA and other groups had created paper models of some of their ships. I looked around and found Ton's version of Voyager at jleslie48.com, and I was hooked. I should add that my Finance Minister (aka "wife") likes this hobby of mine because it takes place at home, it keeps me out of trouble, and it's inexpensive....

    I started with a simple model of New Horizons (the ship on its way to Pluto) as an experiment with different glues and techniques. Then I started Voyager, and it seems it's been going on forever. I'm not a paper purist and I decided to make the trusswork from plastic stock. The build was also interrupted by a major move. If I get brave enough I'll post some pictures of this build (that I can find, anyway). The ship is not finished and sometimes I despair it will ever be done.. but I keep at it.

    I've been lurking on and off at this forum for two years before finally posting to ask about Jan R√ľkr's Sulaco model. Seeing the obvious expertise from many people here is inspiring - daunting, even. It's a joy to see build pics from those who are so good at what they do.

    One last note - I've noticed at least one other person from Kingston in the forum. If you'd like to get together and swap stories over coffee, drop me a line.
  2. inky

    inky Member

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    No that is an introduction!!!

    Welcome to the forum. We love seeing pictures here so post away.
  3. Tirick

    Tirick Member

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    Welcome to the forum! It's great to see another Canuck. I'm not really close to Kingston, but it is a lovely area, especially along Hwy 2. I hope you enjoy your time here, this is a great place to ask any questions and post your builds.

    Tirick
  4. RocketmanTan

    RocketmanTan Well-Known Member

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    Certainly one of the 'better' introductions I've had the pleasure of reading sign1
    I myself am a big space fan, and I remember building the New Horizons model a while ago (until the host site was taken down :curse:) As for the voyager, Johnathan Leslie's site hosts two great voyager models, both of which are quite detailed.

    model 1: http://jleslie48.com/gallery_models_postapollo.html#m53a
    model 2 (this one's quite a challenge) : http://jleslie48.com/gallery_models_postapollo.html#m53

    Best of luck!
  5. ronaldo0020

    ronaldo0020 New Member

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    hope you enjoy your time here