July 19th, 2011
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So, this column is called About Me, I better do just that. My name is Rich Wathey and I have been a Pred-lunatic since June 19, 1987 the day the movie opened in my neighborhood. It was my birthday and four of my buddies and I headed to the local multi-plex and settled in. I have never been so grabbed by a movie…ever. We stayed and watched it again and came back the next day and watched it twice more. At this point I am on view number 30 and yes, like some of you, can recite most of the dialogue by heart.
My model experience up until then was limited to Star Trek stuff. I remember building a copy of the Enterprise D and painting in all of the windows with a toothpick! I somehow got a catalog in the mail from some guy in New Mexico (I wish I could remember his name) which contained a boat load of cool models and a lot of pirated movies and movie props. So, there it was…a Predator kit in the classic arms-spread-and-mandibles-flared position. Ordered it immediately. When it finally arrived, I was in modelers heaven. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it but the model turned out to be a recast of Randy Bowens classic Predator 1. In my defense, I didn’t even know what a recast was back then and rest assured, I have never bought another. Over the years, I have built and painted about 50-60 Predator kits and have a collection of over 100 Predator related items. A couple of years ago, I started thinning out the herd since I am totally running out of room.
I will add to this section over time and hope to share some of my collection with you folks, so stay tuned and check back regularly.