Hi everyone - I am Vince.
Like many, I suppose, I started playing with trains as a baby (wife would probably say that's still true) and then started modeling in HO in grade school. On again, off again for....um....let's say decades...until now where I have been committed to regularly progressing my layout. I model the Illinois Central from Chicago to Kankakee. Eighties-nineties-ish era - the IC "Death Star" logo. My interests are, highest first, beautiful models (talking buildings here), operations, and prototype fidelity (which you might have guessed from my "eighties-nineties-ish" comment). Interestingly, many of my friends swing the other way - ops first, shoe boxes and magic markers for scenery. I'm exaggerating, of course. Mostly.
I have only recently discovered Sierra West. I can't offer anything that hasn't already been said - the modeling I have seen here is crazy good. The SW kits look fantastic. Jaw-dropping interior detail. Because I'm modeling a somewhat modern time, I think many of the SW designs are probably a little hard to justify -- even for me (and I'm happy to run 40' box cars), but some should fit well. There are a lot of old-fashioned, small towns along the IC main. Flexibility there. So, I am anxious to jump in. I've been watching the videos already and have spent [too] much time poring over the discussion groups. I've signed up for reserving a "foundry" kit even though I don't know what that means. I assume it's a Good Thing.
In general, I love craftsman kits....have collected many over the years. Yellow box for Christmas, red box for my birthday. Made things simple for the misses. The few I built turned out nicely. I intend to build them all. But, after seeing some of the unbelievable results that the artists here have shared, I am thinking that I would like to build a new design Sierra West kit to pick up a few new skills to make the other builds go that much better.
Professionally, I'm a software/electrical engineering guy - still at it. Also enjoying using that background in the development of my railroad.
Reckon that's it. Sorry for rambling discourse. Looking forward to learning and participating going forward.