Gents and Fellow Builders,
Thanks for your great responses and insights! I have really enjoyed reading them!
First off, I should apologize for the title. I should have realized that such excellent builders as yourselves would not be limited to one genre for building models. A Thousand Apologies, kind sirs.
I also realized that I haven’t responded to my own question. So, here goes.
I grew up in the era when Westerns were King of Primetime TV. Westerns such as Gunsmoke, Big Valley, Bonaza (Ponderosa), High Chaparral, and Daniel Boone (albeit re-runs). I would beg my parents for cap guns, cowboy boots and hats and run around in the front yard like a yeawho and kill enough imaginary bad guys to make even serial killer blush with envy!
THEN, I saw Star Trek! Suddenly it was phasers, communicators and performing drop kicks on Klingons in the front lawn! But the one character of the show seised my imagination and has never let go – the Starship Enterprise. When I saw that ship glide across my screen in all her glory, I knew I had to have this piece of rare unobtainuim no matter the cost. My older brother had a model of this ship even then but he refused to let me touch it, (He changed his mind 40 years later and I restored his ship. Pictures are here
) so I begged my parents for a model of my own. I think I ended up mowing not a few lawns to earn the money.
Even with my paltry skill then, glue everywhere and fingerprints covering the entire ship, I was proud to have my own copy of the ship.
Star Trek fueled my imagination to imagine possibilities beyond fist fights and horseback riding. Building the models then and even more so today, I
"…slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air....” and space!
(Borrowed from “High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.)
That is why I build Star Trek – more often then I build any other genre. It has the ability to catapult me into realms of fantasy and space adventure like no-other!
Thanks for reading!
Thanks again for commenting!