MIKE ASHEY PRODUCTIONS
AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OF OPERATING THIS WEB SITE AND SLOWLY BUILDING UP THE CONTENT, THE ONE THING WE DID NOT ANTICIPATE WERE THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH MAINTAINING AND UPDATING OUR SCALE MODELING TEACHING WEB SITE.
WITH THAT SAID, WE
ARE ASKING FOR DONATIONS TO DEFRAY THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH
KEEPING THIS WEB SITE GOING AND CONTINUING TO ADD TO ITS CONTENT.
ANY AMOUNT WILL HELP.
TO KEEP THINGS SIMPLE WE HAVE ADDED A PAYPAL DONATION BUTTON
TO OUR WELCOME PAGE.
WHAT MAKES OUR HOBBY SO
Over the years I have often wondered what it is about this hobby that makes it so special to me. I guess that, above all other reasons, it helps me to connect with my childhood and the many things that were so special about being a kid. It all started when my Dad took me along for a ride one warm summer day in 1964 and we visited a place called Vince's Hobby Shop in Clifton, New Jersey. I will never forget the impression it left on me. The store was a wonderland of electric trains, gas powered airplanes and plastic and balsa models. On that special day we bought a ship model which we built and floated in the tiny pool that my Dad had set up for my brothers and I. I cannot remember how many times I broke and repaired that model, but it made me hunger for more.
after my first model I discovered that the local hardware and repair store,
which was within biking distance, carried model airplanes and within a few years
the ceiling of my room was cluttered with Aurora, Revell, Hawk and Monogram kits
of every type. I
spent every dime of my paper route money on models and long hours in the
basement building them. I can vividly remember those warm summer days as I rode
my bike to the store while I fantasized about what it must be like to actually
fly the airplane I had picked out the previous week to buy.
I look back on those years I have come to understand that building all those
models served many purpose, besides keeping me out of trouble.
Building models gave me an outlet to express my creativity. It honed my
skills at following instructions to assemble things, which translated into
following machinery diagrams and blueprints in my later years.
It has allowed me to become very adept at discerning spacial
relationships of equipment, buildings and site plans which comes in handy as a
practicing field engineer. It
developed my common sense problem solving skills and instilled in me a sense of
symmetry and organization.
of these attributes that I now have and which serve me well in life I can
attribute in some measure to quite a few 98 cent models and 5 cent tubes of
Testors glue. What a great hobby this is and I am very proud to be a
part of it.