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@mikegolf Jeff Bailey

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Ex- M1A1 Tank Master-Gunner & Platoon Sergeant of the 1st platoon of Coalition (US) tanks into Iraq during Desert Storm:
Wanna-Be pilot who ran out of money for lessons right before soloing:
Member in good standing of Wayne Guthrie F.& A.M. Masonic lodge #753 – Indianapolis, IN; USA (Home of the Indy 500 mile Race)

I started modeling around aged 9. (1960-ish) My Dad started doing some of the planes he flew as a Navy pilot during WWII. They were the classic 1/48 Monogram Navy planes; the SBD Dauntless, F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, TBM Avenger, & the SB2C Helldiver. He later found & built others in the same scale by other manufacturers. We also started a collection of 1/72 planes, eventually having over 250 hanging from nails on my bedroom wall. I haven’t done any modeling since the early 1980s but my interest is still keen.

Life Member – NRA, Member for Life – NCOWS (National Congress of Old West Shootists) Life Member – SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) and Charter Member & past Treasurer of the Scarlet Mask Vigilance Society; SMVS – an NCOWS affiliated Club ( http://www.smvs-posse.net/ )

Happily married going on 31 yrs. with 3 adult kids, 5 grand-kids, numerous nieces & nephews (including some great nieces & great nephews;) and a Shih Tzu dog (although HE thinks he’s a person!) named Chico & a black, long haired cat named Spooky who co-rule the house & keep my life entertained!

R.I.P. Bernie

This is probably the wrong way to do this, so please forgive me. My good friend Bernie Hackett - who I "met" here on iModeler, passed away this past Monday, May 14. Bernie was a long-time iModeler guy who was full of fun, good humour, and a LO[...]