Q: How many models are in your collection?
A: The current number of completed models currently stands at more than 450.
Q. How about un-completed models?
A. Unbuilt kits? More than 1,000. You should see my garage. It's a nightmare.
Q. Where do you display all these kits?
A. I don't. The kits are packed up in storage boxes waiting the day when my son moves out of the house and I can take over his room. That's why I created this website. It serves as my "virtual museum" -- and can be viewed by far more people than could ever visit an at-home display.
Q. Are you married?
A. 34+ glorious years.
Q. Your wife must be a saint.
A. You have no idea.
Q. What's the oldest kit in your collection?
A. I'm not quite sure, but I believe the "oldest" -- meaning the one that I built first -- is the Lindberg Heinkel He-162A Salamander. I believe I built this model sometime in the mid-1960s, which would have made me about 13 or 14 years old. It's hand-painted, as you can tell.
Q. How about the actual oldest model?
A. Again, hard to say for sure, but it could be the Strombecker Disney Satellite Launcher, a first-edition kit from 1956.
Q. How about the rarest model?
A. I have several "limited edition" resin kits that could be classified as "rare" simply because only a few dozen copies were ever produced. However, if we're talking about mass-produced plastic kits that are all-but impossible to find today, then I have to vote for ITC's F-108 Rapier. The kit was briefly released in 1960 and has never been seen again. In the three years I've been watching Ebay, the kit has turned up only three times -- and not at all in the past 18 months.
Q. Do you have any rare unbuilt kits?
A. Dozens. My "pride and joy" is a mint 1959 Revell Space Station. The sprues are still in their cellophane bags.
A. Are any of your models for sale?
Q. Just the kits I sell through the Fantastic Plastic Virtual Museum Store.
A. Are you nuts?
Q. After sniffing glue for 50 years, what do you think?