My family went to our 1st airshow in Pt. Magu, CA and as we were leaving, we saw a kiosk that sold Various things...
I saw this box art with four (4) planes on a stand and said, "Hey, Pop, what is this??" "It's A MODEL, YOU have to Build IT" I was always a builder of Legos, so I took the challenge...
I don't have THAT model anymore, but I see it every six (6) months in various places.
First ship was shortly after...a USS MISSOURI, first tank was WAY later....(almost eight  years later = Tamiya Leopard I ). First Sci-fi 'Robotech' stuff (which I still collect), 1st Real Sci...Apollo Saturn V rocket.
BUT, it was those F-4s, that I STILL Remember....Thanks Pop, thanks Mom for putting up with wrecking your table, "Hey Mike...what ya building"??