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I retired 18 months ago after 44 years as a truck driver. I have driven in the USA, Canada, and Mexico and have drunk enough black coffee to float a battleship so I thought I would build one. In that effort I discovered this site and have enjoyed every minute I have spent here. I had a build log on the old site could not have had the success I had without the help of others here.  

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I spent 40 years plus as a large mainframe hardware/operating system support engineer working for a multi-national company that designed and manufactured computer systems. This took me to various locations in the eastern hemisphere. Sadly the era of high speed data links meant much of my work then became office based.

 

In the last 10 years of my career, as my faculties started to diminish, I moved to a less intellectually demanding activity - I became a manager. :)
 

I am now retired and have become a fully paid up Luddite.

 

During my working life one of my proudest moments, about 20 years ago, was successfully teaching groups of 10 year old cub scouts how to produce static web pages for the then nascent World Wide Web using only a basic text editor. This got right up the noses of several “experts” who were trying to surround their efforts with an aura of mystique. :D


There is probably only one model ship in me – which I have been working on for the last 38 years! :rolleyes:      

 

Ian M.

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I also thought this was a brilliant and entertaining forum on the old MSW (RIP !!!).

 

Well, despite my log-on name, I must confess to having absolutely zero naval experience. I am a fully-fledged member of the FakeCaptains'Club.

 

In the off-line world, I have spent most of my working life in the transport industry. Most of the last 20 years, I was an adhoc courier in Perth, Australia. There have been a few miscellaneous jobs in between, but a few years back, I was bumped up to Fleet Controller for one of the remaining major players.

 

This means, essentially, that I get to tell people where to go !!

All day, every day !!

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I love reading this topic.  So many different types of occupations and interests.  I believe I'm the first one that has been involved in the theatre.  Although I have a degree in engineering and thus find it easy to read plans, my life interest turned to acting, directing and to the technical aspects of the theatre.  I am still active, although eighty years old, and recently finished directing a play for a theatre here in Florida.  I have produced on Broadway and have had the pleasure of writing a play and seeing it produced.  I have built one ship model, the Cuttysark, about 12 years ago and now I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Caldercraft's HMS Victory and am getting ready to tackle it.  I love this site and usually spend a few hours reading everything I can each day.  Thank you for making it available.  Jerry

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Graduated HS 1954. 3 years US Army. Spent 30 years doing telephone work for a small Telco in PA. Took early retirement in 1992. Worked as an art framer for 10 years after retirement. Worked for a church as a Sexton for 10 years and now am working part time for Hilton Homewood Suites as a maintenance person.

 

Been building models since I was about 10 years old, mostly airplanes (stick and tissue covered type, not plastic). Have been interested in model ship building for the last 15 years or so. Have built 3. They came out so-so. Have Albatross on the shelf to do next.

 

I also love to read and do counted cross stitch,

 

Stan Williams

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Nice to know there's another theatre person on the forum, Jerry. My first paid career was as an actor -- mostly on film and tv, but I trained as a theatre actor and after I gave up professional acting I stayed deeply embedded in amateur theatre for a long time. It was much more fun as an amateur!

 

Tony

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Hi everyone, for 45 years I worked, from teacher to Head Dept, at the School of Marine Sciences of the Tecnologico de Monterrey (best private university in Mexico) in Campus Guaymas (at the middle of Sea of Cortes or Gulf of California). Besides my administrative job, I gave the courses of Fishing Methods, Oceanography, Crustacean Aquaculture and Animal Behaviour in one time or another.

When I finnaly got retired, and having plenty of time, I return to the hobby of my childhood, modeling, but now with wood modeling that is much more demanding than the plastic kits of my youth.  This hobby gave me big satisfactions and expect to make several more models in the future and also be in touch with all the people that has this wonderfull hobby.

Best wishes to all.

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I am retired, and happy about it. I worked for the Highway Commission for 6 years out of college.

Then went into the family business, Land Title Insurance, stayed there for 15 years until  my father and I decided we could not work together any longer.

I then went into Land Surveying, got my liscense and stayed there 10 years. After my father died in 1992 I came back to the Land Title industry and stayed there until I sold the company and retired in 2007.

I have been happily building ships since.

I an now on my 6th one Santa Ana, however it has been setting patiently waiting for me to return to it for 13 months now.

I am currently working on my family genealogy on the computer.

 

John R

Western Missouri USA

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i am fully qualified carpenter, no experience as right after school i went into caring in hospital. been there for 4 years after that a quick line of jobs like leaflet distributor, key cutting service, brief funeral service, window boards, kitchen installator, retail worker, delivery driver, after that i left the country (slovakia) and came to my current home, UK. in here i spent 6 years in the kitchen and now i am in my second year as a butcher. what will be next only you know who knows...

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I spent 20 years in the Forging Industry as a die designer and then made a career move about 12 years ago to become a website programmer. I've held several different jobs of varying disiplines in the website programming sector. Currently I am working as an Internet Specialist in the Marketing Department for a family owned business serving the farm, pet and livestock industries. My current project is MS Mayflower.

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I retired about twenty years ago, from what used to be called (in the UK) the Civil Service.

Government work.

Early on, I was an Executive Officer with the Admiralty.  It was my great pleasure to work for three years as Assistant Secretary to the Admiral Superintendent of HM Dockyard, Portsmouth, and my office was located precisely under the bowsprit of HMS Victory.  "Assistant Secretary" means low-grade clerk, but I was in a position where I got to know about all the foreign ships that were visiting the dockyard.  And my wife and I were called upon to offer entertainment (ie, evening meal at home) to junior officers from the visiting ships.
And of course, we were invited back for meals in the officers' mess.
I can't list all the ships - time erases a lot of memories.  But the San Sebastian De Elcano (the Spanish sail training ship) was one that I still remember and treasure.

After that, my work was prosaic and eminently forgettable.  My last three years were spent dragging the UK's Inland Revenue into the computer era (back when Windows 3 was cutting edge.  Anyone here remember that?).  

After I retired, I sort of got involved with bog snorkelling, man versus horse marathons and morris dancing.  Don't ask.  It's all rather embarrassing.

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I have been brought up in Urdorf, a village near Zurich and was trained as a primary school teacher. However, I had to look for something else since in those times, we had too many teachers and not enough children…


 

I changed to office work and have been an administrative assistant of a university professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. It was a very interesting job as long as I worked for the professor of dairy science (25 years) but when he retired, his successor was a bad guy and that lead to the end of my days at ETH. In 2006 I suffered from a burn-out and, when recovered, decided to end my career with the university. So I was unemployed,
bought me a dog (Golden Retriever) and started to re-order my life. Eventually I decided to make me self-employed and to start my own business. And since I always liked languages, teaching and crafts I decided to open a workshop for language and recreation. One intention is to motivate other to modelling, either with wood or card, to give courses for seniors and kids, to show them how to make things with their own hands…

 

I opened the workshop last October, however, up to now, my customers are rare… So it’s more a retirement than a self-employment. But I didn’t give up hope yet and know that such projects need a lot of time and patience to get successful.

 

Some 12 years ago I moved to Wil, a wonderful small town in Eastern Switzerland. The reason: my friend and partner Franz who owns an old (middle age) house in the historic centre of Wil. As mentioned we have a dog, Vitus, and 3 Norwegian Forest Cats, thousends of books, music and several plants.

 

Cheers,

 

Rosmarie



 

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I'm retired now, but started off as a police cadet in Hertfordshire, UK, then became a police constable.  I had the opportunity for an extended stay in the United States in 1973 and came over here for what I thought might be six months...and I'm still here!  Served for 8 years in the US Army as a military policeman then left the service and became a police officer in Oakland, California.  I retired from the Oakland police department in 2003 as Deputy Chief of Police and moved to the east coast to spend my time sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.  That lasted two years and I went to work for a US government contractor and served as senior advisor to the Director-General of the Albanian State Police in Tirana, Albania for a year.  Following that I worked as a police management advisor in Kyrgyzstan and Trinidad & Tobago, and went to Pakistan as a police trainer.  Then the same contractor who sent me to all those fun places hired me as a program manager for an international police training program.  I did that for 3 years and at 60 decided that's enough working for me so I really, really retired, bought my Caldercraft HMS Victory and became a full-time handyman, Mr. Fix-it, paint it, weed it, plant it around the house, and a part-time model builder.  Live in lovely St. Micahels, Maryland with my wife and our golden retriever Tyler

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I grew up in Oregon (Go Ducks!) and have lived my whole life on the West Coast of the US. This year will make 40 years of working in the IT industry (yes there were computers back then). Currently I work on contract to Microsoft as a Project manager. I have 3 kids, 10 Grandkids, and the 3rd Great Grand kid is supposed to pop next month.

 

I look for any opportunity to sail or pretend to sail on one of the maddening & wonderful things we try to create. As you will see else where on this forum I am the current owner of a SolCat 18 catamaran and a couple R/C sailboats. I belong to a R/C sailing club in the Seattle area and I am the current president of Puget Sound Ship Modelers.

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Now fully retired, but busier than ever!

 

After college, I spent twenty six months as an Officer in the US Army Transportation Corps, Viet-Nam era, but was never over there. Following that I spent five years working as a Purchasing Agent for a small lamp (light bulb) manufacturer, then fifteen years with Domino Sugar also as a PA.  Finally got fed up with large corporate America and bought a rental company and ran that for 20+ years. I was also a Director of a Community Bank in New England for 20 years.

 

In addition to my assigned "Honey Do" projects, the Admiral & I try to spend as much summer time as possible sailing our "real boat" and have cruised from Searsport, ME to Albemarle Sound, NC; downtime in the winter is for model building, boat maintenance and various, probably too many, volunteer projects.

 

I didn't get into modeling until 40+ years ago building and flying R/C airplanes; a growing family, house, small business, and  sail boat caused a 15 year hiatus in that hobby; and I got involved in boat/ship modeling after I retired.

 

Fair winds and no following seas!

 

Jim

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Wow looking at some of the jobs people have had on here makes me look a complete nothing,anyway i was hatched in 1944  left school in 1959 with zero qualifications,went to work in a store (shop) lasted 6 months hated it spent the next 2 years in and out of various employment,then learnt to be a lathe turner,well at age 22 i just about had enough of clock in clock out yes sir no sir mentality.A friend of mine said try truck driving well i did and  it lasted until last november when i retired aged 68,any regrets none at all that job got me to many  different countries all over Europe east -west and beyond,loved it weekend of (sometimes) and a bit of sight seeing getting paid for it to,i earned a good living from it bought my own house and paid that of early,basically i been a happy old trucker.And lucky to have a wife that never complained at my absenses from home

                                                                                                                                   DEREK

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Wow looking at some of the jobs people have had on here makes me look a complete nothing

Gosh, Derek. I hope you weren't being serious. Looking at your 'Supply' seems to go against the 'nothing' title you seem to have given yourself -- it's a wonderful build. I've enjoyed this forum precisely because it cuts across such a diverse bunch of people, where what you do and the comments you make (and, ok, some of the jokes, no matter how bad) are what count. I bet that lathe turning experience has put you in good stead for the modelling.

 

Tony

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Out of highschool started working for a contractor as an electician-commercial/residential. From there my father and I bought and ran a service/gas station with to repair bays. Turned that into a gas/grocery store. Sold that and bought a plot of ground across the street and build another (just about put the first out of business) Sold that and went to work for a industrial machine rebuild/repair shop as a controls electrician. Designed and built from scratch (including drawing on acad) the electrical controls for stamping/forging press and such. Traveled over most of the central and eastern states-some in canada doing service work for them. Past 20 year been a maintenace technician and preventive maintenance in a factory setting. HAve been trained in vibration analysis---infrared thermography----ultra sonic detection---- oil analysis for all our machinery in the plant. Mostly cnc mills and lathes. we have about 400 to 500 pieces of machinery to keep runnig.

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I wasn't going to post to this but then I remembered that we are all new members here. :)   I am an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat doctor) in northern Illinois.  For those of you not from the States, that means too cold and snowy in the winter and too hot and buggy in the summer!  I have been ship modeling off and on since the 1980's, as time has permitted.  With work and general life issues I don't have a lot of time to build, which is why everything takes me so long to finish.  I started primarily scratch building a few years ago with Hannah (whose build log I will attempt to resurrect after I finish rebuilding the Atalanta log). 

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After graduating from Newton High School in 1970, I attended Emerson College in Boston MA with a major in Mass Communications.  I quickly realized that I was never going to make a career as a radio announcer, so I transferred to Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and graduated in 1979 as a Registered Pharmacist.  I spent most of my pharmacy career working in professional medical buildings where all the doctors, nurses, radiology, labs were all in the same building.  I spent 7 years as Nuclear Pharmacist preparing radiopharmaceuticals for hospitals all over the New England area.  In 1990 my wife Sandi and I opened Southborough Jewelers in Massachusetts.  We closed down after 10 successful years and we are now semi-retired.  My musical interests are Jazz, Bluegrass, Swing and Classical.  I play guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, saxophone and pedal steel guitar.  In 2011, I co-produced a CD of all original music by lifelong friend Tom Monahan who died of ALS.  You can see the cd here https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/manicmountainboys .  You can hear me sing on cut #3 "I Gotta Have A Foreign Car".   All proceeds go to Compassionate Care ALS.

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7 years as an RF Engineer for a major defense contractor (mostly military satcom earth station antennas) in Texas.  Background in EE and Physics, but starting to get bored with it- might look into project management or something new...

 

My Niagara is 4 years in the making, with just the hull and deck planking to show for it.  And, I finally got my ropewalk from ME- was backordered for 3 months!  lol!

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Hi Everyone,

I am a retired firefighter and paramedic (37 years). I now do some part time work as a coroner (yep, check on dead bodies). I also volunteer my time 3 times a week to Kids & Horses. It is a charity organization that uses horse back riding to help severely disabled children who are physically or mentally handicapped. The rest of the time I build model ships. :)

 

Vince P.

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I'm a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who heads up a team that design the engineering systems in hospitals.  The company I worked for used to be a good old fashioned British firm of consulting engineers, but eventually was bought by a rather massive US based corporation - good in some ways, not so good in others.  Quite where my love of ships comes from I'm not sure, but I seriously thought of applying for a commission in the Royal Navy when at school, that was back in the days when we had a navy of course (I don't call 19 frigates/destroyers a navy, it's a fleet!).

 

My enthusiasm for modelmaking is easily explained, both my Dad and his Dad were keen aeromodellers, and Dad also tinkered with trains which is where my interest in these stems from.  Time is the precious commodity, but I've a retirement plan in place which should solve that in the not too distant future.

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First, let me say I LOVE my work. I'm a faculty member at a little university. Teaching kids. Marking papers. Developing curriculum and new programs. Co-managing my department. Meetings. Meetings. Meetings. Reading. Reading. Reading. Writing. Writing. Writing. Occasionally get to travel to cool places, like Cleveland - seriously, I loved it! Had the best rueben sandwich I've ever eaten. Wish my job was eating rueben sandwiches...but being a university prof will do for now.

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