Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Road Less Traveled

My younger daughter has come out as trans, he wishes to be called by a new name and referred to as he.

Now as a parent I must admit I am scared to death about all of this. . . but he is 21, and has chosen this road.  Is it a phase?  Maybe, maybe not. . . only time will tell.  Was it something I did wrong?  Or would this have happened no matter what I did as a parent?  I will never know the answer to this, at least not while on this side of the vail. . and by the time I get that answer it won't matter any more will it?

But I will be sure to support him in everything he does as long as he harms none, and this is no different. 

I won't deal with negative vibes over this and if needed will cut people out of my life as needed.  So far it looks like I have picked good friends and have seen nothing but support for my son and me in this.  If you can't deal then just walk away.  It is not your path to walk and I don't need your reasons religious or otherwise for your opinion on my family.  This is the one thing I will delete any hateful comments on.  I am usually open to both sides of any debate, but not this time.  I have to pick a side and I will pick my family and friends every time.

Yes, I am insisting he works with a therapist on this so he knows all the pros and cons of this and makes the decision with all the facts.  I can do no less.

I do not understand how anyone can turn their back on their kids as they go through this.  All I can say is "What the FUCK is wrong with you as a parent?" if you can turn your back on your kid when they need you most.  You suck as a human and I have no use for you.  And I know they are out there.  One of his friends is also going through this and their folks won't even talk about it. . .. denial of reality is not a way to deal with life.

I never really cared what folks thought of my choices. . . I am Wiccan and open about it.  My son is very sensitive to it unfortunately and I hope he can grow a thicker skin as he walks this path.  I will do what I can for him, and that is that.

I will probably blog about it here not only to help myself work through this, but also to help others who may be going through this and show them that they are not alone. . . .

Wish me luck if you would I know I will need it.  Any prayers of aid to whomever you worship are also welcome.  It will not be an easy road, but walk it he will, and so will I.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Gotta get moving

So been a bit.  Got an X-wing in the works, a TIE and a Federation Dreadnaught (Star Trek)

Sadly the house has some issues so can't build for a few weeks more. . . pics to come

Monday, April 1, 2019

Space 1999 Laser

So I wish I had this model as a kid. .  . got it in a resin kit from Century Casting through this LINK.

Great kit and not much cleanup.  This was the first resin kit I ever did (and only) so not much to base that on but I think it went together nice and easy.  Parts fit well and only needed a bit of fill and clean up.

The Stun/Kill decal was a bit oversized, and I did build up the switch a bit so I could make it slide.  Used some green PVC bits to do that.  Was very easy to do.

Got photos through the whole process . . .

They have a com-loc too which I think I may get at some point so I have the set. . . .

Anyway here you go

Quick One

OK, had to do a quick post.  Just found my photos of my WWII fighter collection. . . I will have to do photos of each but here they are in mass as I was cleaning their shelving. . .

Thursday, March 28, 2019


OK, here is my build of the classic Revell kit.  No photos exist of the actual boat so I did what I could.  There are some descriptions in a few reports on what it looked like, along with info on how they painted the boats in the theater so I based things on that. . . .

So here is what I came up with.  Ya, no big 109 on the hull, that was made up on the float they used in a parade for Kennedy, they did not actually put the big hull numbers on the real thing.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019


This is the one that got me going on the Bandi kits.  I have been wanting a good Y-wing kit for years. . .  but they were all snap together. . . well I finally gave in after a few reviews of this kit and went for it. 

Very glad I did!  lots of detail and a great kit.  Bandi did a great job on all the Star Wars kits.  Fun to build, very accurate and good decaling for most of them.

So here are a few shots of the finshed Y-Wing. . .

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

New X-Wing

So here is the Bandi New X-wing in 1/72.  This is Po's ship.

I like that they molded most of the part in the proper color so it minimized the painting needed.  But some of the decals just did not work for me so I did end up painting some of it like the engine intakes.  I just could not get the decals to lay flat on the curved surface.  No real weathering done on this one.

Woking on an original x-wing now and will post that one when I am done. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Space 1999 Hawk

Loved this kit as a kid, I thought it was a great design. . . Wish Alpha had had a few in their hangers for use on the show but no luck. . . only in the one episode. . .

But the latest kit release is great.  Lots of details and lots and LOTS of decals to put on her.  MPC put the kit out again and there are still some on Amazon if you are looking for them. . .

While I weathered the two Eagles I have, I did nothing as far as weathering on the Hawk. .  . May at some point but not for now. . .

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Famous Droids

So as I continued to build up the Sci-Fi collection and my Star Wars Bandi kids I had to depart from ships for just a bit. . .  I mean how could I have a Star Wars model collection without these guys?

This is actually two kits.  C3PO came as his own kit, and R2 and BB8 were one kit.  They are a bit on the smaller side compared to other kids of these droids (R2 and C3P0) but the detail is GREAT!. 

I continue to be thrilled with the Bandi kits and the detail they have.  They also go together rather easy so they are great kits to get started in the hobby with.  But if you have the experience you can do so much with them with a bit of added paint and weathering.  I did not weather the droids, but I have been weathering the ships.

R2 and BB8 also came with various arms and things you could use and opening doors that you could use to show them doing things if you wanted to.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Trying to get blogging again

OK, been a while and I am going to try to get this going again. . . maybe spread out a bit as life has gotten busy. . .

Just did a post on my models, there will be more of those to come.

I will also start doing some blogging on Safety and my experience as I learn new stuff as a member of my towns CERT  (Citizens Emergency Response Team).  This was a spillover as I became the safety guy at my office.  From there I moved into learning to be an instructor for First Aid, CPR and AED through the Mass Masons. 

The goal for the Masons is to make training affordable to everyone so we can get more folks trained in First Aid, AED, and CPR. 

Well, that just got things going and when the town sent out a notice that they were looking for folks to join the CERT . . . . well, the rest is history.

Anyway learning some cool stuff and it should be shared so we can all be safer and ready for whatever comes our way. . . .

More later

Hobbies - A-Wing

Need to get this thing going again so figured time to post some pics of the latest builds.

I love building models.  Mostly military aircraft in 1/48 if I can get them but also Sci-Fi stuff.  I recently discovered Bandi Star Wars kits and that was not good for my wallet. . .. these are snap-together kits, but very well done and LOTS of detail.  I was amazed at the level of detail they put in these and the accuracy.  So here is the first one I did, an A-Wing with a bit of weathering - a very fun kit.  Was heavy when it was done. ..

This just got me going again. . . I am working my way through their ships (all 1/72 scale) and will post the rest as I have time.