I recently decided to revive this LJ, but with something of a change in terms of focus. Rather than being a general life blog (which is what my Facebook account is for), I'm bringing it back as a blog for my modelling activities, specifically scale aircraft modelling.
I started building models at a young age, my father is a long-time aircraft modeller and I picked that up. My interests shifted to railroad modelling when I was around 10 years old and I did that for a few years until a move and lack of space put that on the backburner. I got back into railroad modelling in 2002 or so, around the same time I started doing photography again. This was part & parcel of my turning away from what was then my 2 primary hobbies, paintball & cycling. I'd gotten sick of the level of drama in the local paintball community and had become convinced (semi-erroneoously) that I could no longer cycle due to a collection of knee & ankle injuries (it turned out the actual problem was an extremely poorly fitting bike setup, which has been resolved and I do a fair bit of cycling these days). I eventually ended up with a moderate portion of my living & diningroom taken up by a small layout before I came to two conclusions. The first was that a 1 bedroom apartment wasn't terribly well suited to having a layout suitable for more than switching puzzles. And the second was that I enjoy building models more than operating them. This led eventually to rekindling my interest in aircraft modelling, which is better suited to my modelling interests than railroad modelling since you have a lot more interesting options than reddish-brown boxcars.
In terms of aircraft modelling my primary interests are the RCAF and the Ilmavoimat (Finnish AF). In terms of time periods I prefer the approximately 1935-1955 era, ie the era of high-performance military propeller monoplanes (Ironically, this is also close to my preferred era for railroad modelling, which is the 1930-1960 late steam/early diesel era). I do stray outside of these areas on occasion, but it's rare for me to stray outside both the services and the time period I enjoy. It does happen on occasion though. Within that time period I've got somewhat more extensive interests, as I'm rather fond of the RAF, RN FAA, USN and smaller European airforces during this period. I tend to have less of an interest in Luftwaffe or USAAF/USAF subjects though, mostly because they're overdone (yeah, the RAF also gets overdone, but most of my RAF subjects are in fact either Commonwealth squadrons or the expat squadrons manned by the Poles, Czechs, french et al). I've also got a liking for Tiger Meet schemes as well as modern demo schemes, which is my one consistent interest outside my main services or time period of interest.
In terms of aircraft, I'm primarily interested in the larger single-engined fighters like the Chance-Vought Corsair or the Hawker Typhoon/Tempest family. I simply like the rugged, brutal looks of these big fighters. I also like medium & heavy bombers of the same era. I have less of an interest in the small fighters of the early/pre-war period, they're simply too delicate looking. Even the Spitfire is just too pretty to really appeal to me. In general I'm fond of the products of North American Aviation, Hawker (or at least Sir Sydney camm's work), and the various variations of Vought Aircraft.
I've also got a distinct soft spot for the unusual allied aircraft. While the Luft '46 stuff gets all sorts of press (and attention in plastic, especially from Revell of Germany) I find the experimental, prototypes & low-production types produced by the Allies to be more interesting. I'd rather build a Tempest II or a Boeing XF8B-1 (Boeing's last fighter) than yet another He162 or Ju290.
I do also have two long-term projects in slow progress. The first is to build at least 1 of every production variant of the Spitfire, from the S6B racer which the Spitfire was developed from through the Supermarine Attacker which was the last aircraft developed from Spitfire derivatives (it used the wing developed for the Spiteful/Seafang, which was an unsuccessful bid to replace the Spitfire/Seafire's wing with a new laminar-flow wing). The second is to build every variant of the Corsair, plus a model for every user of the Corsair (ie, USN, USMC, FAA, RNZAF, French Navy, and the Guatemalan AF). Given the relatively small number of variants compared to the Spitfire, this is actually the less ambitious project of the two.
At some point I'll probably start a srvey build for the RCAF & Ilmavoimat. I expect that building each type in WW2 and later service will not be all that difficult, pre-WW2 is another story as both services operated an eclectic mix of obscure types.
In terms of scale, I build primarily 1/72 although I have a mix of 1/32, 1/48 and 1/72 kits currently in the stash. The choice of 1/72 is simple, 1/72 provides a wide selection of interesting kits at a reasonably low cost and also allows for the display of a larger number of aircraft. I simply don't have the room for 1/32, where a fighter is about the same size as a 1/72 heavy bomber and 1/48, while much better on space, tends to be either much more expensive or no more detailed and there's still a size penalty (a 1/48 fighter is the size of a 1/72 medium bomber). I do build regularly in 1/48 simply due to having more than a few kits in that scale, but it's definitely not a primary focus. I don't build in 1/144 at all currently, it's just too small for the subjects I prefer. I expect to do some 1/144 stuff in the future when I build some RCAF transports, as that's the preferred scale for those kits and they get a little big even in 1/72 and I'd rather save my space for large aircraft for heavy bombers.