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@big65dude Jack Thompson

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A large-scale model railroader and military miniaturist with additional areas of interest. Flew CH-46 helicopters in Viet Nam and the UH-1E (Huey) in Ohio National Guard.

Willie & Joe

I have an original, 1944 first edition copy of “Up Front” by Bill Mauldin. I got it from my mother (yes, my mother) who brought it back from the ETO at the end of the Second World War. She had been a “donut dolly,” driving an American Red Cross [...]

Stage Coach (With Apologies to John Ford and “Duke”)

I had so much fun with, and got such good comments on, my last posting of a model I built (a USMC M50A1 "Ontos",) I thought I’d try another one. This is a really stimulating and worth-while website! --- I’ve loved stage coaches ever since I w[...]

My Thing

In 1968, as a young NROTC midshipman (Marine option) from Ohio State, I went on a field trip to Camp Lejeune, NC. One of the many fun things we did, was visit an "Ontos" platoon holding exercises in the woods near the beach. I got to drive one o[...]