I've always been interested in model-making since a very young age, working my way through a myriad of mainly Airfix and Matchbox 1/72 scale World War 2 aircraft, until, with a bit of direction from my late Dad, I found railway modelling in my early teens. Dad and I embarked on several GWR branch line model railways, never quite finishing them before they evolved into bigger and better schemes, and then through my mid-late teens I became interested in vintage sports cars, MGs in particular. Again, Dad's influence!
My twenties saw a resurgence in my interest in military aircraft modelling, although now in 1/48 scale and primarily First World War subjects, which ran alongside railway modelling. Unfortunately, my aircraft were never quite "good enough" for me and although the interest remained it went on the back burner. Now, many years later, having lost Dad to cancer at a far-too-young age, and having been through marriage, children and divorce, my interest has been rekindled.
Although part of my modelling interest remains railway-orientated, with projects for the Ashover Light Railway (narrow gauge), Cambrian Railways (standard gauge to EM Gauge Society standards) and the Midland Great Western Railway (Irish broad gauge 5'3" to EM standards) in various stages of planning, the idea of adding aeroplanes to add variety to my modelling diet sounded like a good plan! Which has led to a burgeoning stash of kits and an increasing focus on things with wings! The idea of a group build with my two sons (13 and 12) of a simple aeroplane kit also seemed like a good way to bring us together even though we're 300 miles apart, although we've yet to compare the fruits of our labours I'm hoping it may have sparked an interest in them, too.
Scale-wise, the railway side of things is 4mm/1ft, i.e. 1/76, to finescale standards as mentioned. So that there is a degree of parity, the aviation side will be resolutely 1/72, with added details where possible. And as with my railway subjects, my choice of aeroplanes probably leans as much toward the more esoteric as to the mainstream.