Aloha all! My name is Al, and I live on Hawaii Island, AKA, the 'Big Island'. I've loved miniature engines of all sorts since I was a kid in the 5th grade. I collect them and have a small collection of about 200 or so. Something I always wanted to do was learn to use a mini-lathe and mill. Since cancer forced me into early retirement, I decided to take the plunge and jump in, so, per Adrian Duncan's recommendation, I procured a little lathe and mill from Micro Mark and have been thoroughly enjoying and learning how to use them. I should have done this years ago. I'm a long way off yet from even thinking about tackling an engine build, but for practice and learning, I've enjoyed making some display stands for some of my smaller engines. Thanks for allowing me to join!