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Cleveland IPMS Show 11-4-18

After attending the Port Clinton (Toledo) show a few months ago I checked the schedule for the next nearest show. The Cleveland show was slated to be one of the bigger shows in Ohio so I've been looking forward to it. It did not disappoint. In hindsight I should have shot more pictures of some of the armor and fantasy tables but I had tunnel vision for the airplanes. I was eves dropping on some of the judges and they were deciding first place by whether or not the control surfaces should have been modeled to show a "bank" in flight. That sums up the quality of the builds. It showed me that I need to really ramp up what I am doing to get to that level. There were a couple Corsairs and 109s that I would have loved to put in my display cabinet. The vendor tables were packed with models and the prices were really reasonable. I have already removed a couple out of my Ebay watch list 🙂 . I won't ramble on here, the pictures speak for themselves. Today was Tamiya day for me...I swore I wouldn't build Mustangs, but I couldn't pass up Bob Hoover decals and another B for a project I'm cooking up.

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  1. Lotta nice builds displayed...thanks for sharing the pics.

  2. Yes Jim thank you.

    Looks like you scored a great set of Mustang decals and some great kits. I have always wanted to build up a Hoover P-51, every since I saw his flying routine at several airshows many years ago when I was a kid.

    I remember him flying the Aero Commander, with both engines running, then one shut down, and finally in the glide mode with both engines off ! Then he would land and "roll" to a stop exactly where he started from... Man he was an awesome pilot !

    He once also did a roll in his Mustang right after takeoff... and that left a BIG impression on me. It seemed like no sooner than the wheels left the runway, he began the roll... while climbing.

    That Rockwell Mustang was a beauty.

    Looks like this was a great show too. I noticed the Gee Bee... 🙂

    Thanks again !

  3. Some very nice work at that show. Thanks for the pics Jim! And nice score on the Rockwell decals.
    I also saw Bob Hoover fly his great routine in the Mustang. And then later when he added the Aero Commander, great stuff!
    I also got to meet him once, years ago when they had an open house at the old North American Rockwell plant in Downey. Very nice man.

  4. Great photos. Thanks for sharing, Jim.

  5. Good looking models on those table Jim. Was scheduled to go but family commitments intervened. That's for posting.

  6. Glad you guys like them, next show I'll take my real camera. The Hoover decals are from Red Pegasus, which I was told by the vendor the the assets were purchased by a hobby shop in Columbus. Keith Davidson really had a unique product with his racing decals. I hope whoever bought his inventory picks up where he left off. Bob Hoover influenced so many people, pilots and non pilots alike. A lot of people don't know he was a Spitfire pilot in WWII and was shot down. He spent time as a POW at Stalag Luft 1. He ranks right up there with Jimmy Doolittle for sure. Looking forward to the Columbus show in February!

  7. Nice pics,I think Revell did a Rockwell Mustang many moon ago.

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