Although the author never had the inspiration, nor opportunity to become a civilian pilot, he continued to be an avid model builder. Like many children growing up in the 1950s, in North America many were inspired with increased prosperity and the influence of television. Relatively inexpensive injected molded plastic model kits and balsa wood techniques allowed the author to live out his interpretation of the fast paced surrounding world. The interest in the US space program became an early obsession with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space projects. This further fueled his interest in building scale models and performing in depth research.
The skills and patience in building models helped to direct the author into a formal education and career in Information Technology and a hobby of restoring vintage automobiles. The author continues to feel that Canadians are very adept at developing solutions that others feel are either unattainable or not worth attempting.