I am Steven Brown, a forty-something software professional in the Northeast.
I’ve been building models for more than 30 years, and I’ve come to the realization that it’s my passion, just as music or writing or dancing is for some people. I began building models when I was 7 or 8 years old during summer vacations with my grandparents in Florida. I belonged to the Revell model of the month club and built numerous planes, cars, and ships with my grandfather. They were quite crude as you might imagine. We cleaned our brushes with gasoline and poured the dirty leftovers down the sink drain to flow into the septic tank.
I became a serious modeler around the age of 13 when I joined the Civil Air Patrol and discovered Scale Modeler magazine. I discovered IPMS and joined a local chapter in Ocala. The members, especially club president Joe Caputo, fanned my interest and introduced me to all aspects of the hobby. I’ve belonged to several other chapters over the years as I moved to Dayton, Cincinnati, Boston, and New Jersey. I’ve attended about ten IPMS national conventions and dozens of local and regional contests. I've been a contestant and a judge.
I’m a big believer in “cross-training.” I build most anything, from armor to ships to cars to figures. My primary interest, however, is 1/72 modern aircraft, though I’ll build aircraft from other eras and in other scales when they excite me.
In my professional life I work in product management in the software industry. Basically I am to software what a contractor is to a building. I don’t write code but I oversee and direct those who do. If you’re really interested you can learn more about business analysis on Wikipedia.
When I’m waiting for the glue and paint to dry on my models, I love to cook and make cocktails. I'd pursue a new career as a chef, but I'm not convinced it's as romantic as we see on television.
If you share my passion for our hobby, I think you'll enjoy my blog.