Up and running. Me doing a blog? Never thought it would happen. I will be sharing my outlook on life, wife, kids and the resurrection of a childhood hobby of scale modeling.
When I have my bench set up my first projects will be repainting some 21st Century 1:32 scale planes. This will get my basic build, scratchbuild, vacu-form, airbrush, decal application and weather skill-sets somewhat refined. Then I will tackle some easy builds try my hand at resin parts and photo etched.
At this point I am not sure how I will sort subject matter. My focus will be abstract of sorts. Will approach as a work in progress and will execute improvements, eliminate bad decisions as I go.
I promise to have better page layout style when I figure this stuff out.
There has been a big change in plans, so here’s the recap.
I recently tore my ACL chasing my 4 year old son in the back yard. The grass was wet and I was wearing slick bottom shoes…you do the math. I tried an “okey doke” move on him and down I went. Thought it was a sprain so I hobbled around for a few weeks. Eventually I paid a visit to my Primary Care Doc then an Orthopedic Specialist then an MRI. MRI revealed torn ACL.
Setting a surgery date before the holidays was just not going to happen and surgery during the holidays was out of the question. Based on our holiday vacation and surgery center availability we set the date for 24 January. Procedure is an Allograft Graft:
Follow this link to Surgical Animations at bottom right of page and open. Then select Knee, then select Torn ACL – Allograft Graft and watch the animation of the procedure.
My ACL will be removed and replaced by an Achilles Tendon from a cadaver. The new tendon will be screwed into place. Arthoscopy will yield two small incisions and about a 4 to 6 week recovery timeline. Then add another 8 to 10 weeks to hopefully get back to swimmin’, bikin’ and runnin’. Will be all about following Dr’s orders listening to my PT and be smart on my exercise.
On the Toy Plane mode. My stash is complete and well as needed tools and paint to get me started. Airbrush, compressor etc is on ts way. Am trying real hard to get my bench completely set up before surgery. Albeit the family schedule, etc it just may not happen. Will certainly get a jump on it the big question is how much completed before surgery. What I do not finish before surgery will not be completed well into February or early March.
Reality is I can see myself hitting the bench around late February, this will depend on recovery and how I can manage with my knee.
Stay tuned for more updates on surgery and the bench.