After 17 years as a social studies teacher at a small, rural Junior High School in central Texas, I retired. I started that career at age 45. Prior to that, I was a professional painter and prior to that, a sheet-metal mechanic/tinsmith. I am married, and my wife and I have two grown children, Ann, 36, a financial advisor and Carson, 34, a CAD draftsman. Our kids have now provided us with two brand new grandsons, Ann and her husband Robert had a baby boy on August 11 2014, John Carlos (“Johnny”) and Carson’s wife delivered their baby boy, Sullivan (“Sul” or “Sully”) on the following December 18. Needless to say, they are both beautiful babies and yes, the grandparents are somewhat STOKED, lol!
I am glad to add an update. My first grand-daughter, Nora Wade Brantley, was born Nov. 8, 2016. Of course, she is beautiful (looks a lot like her brother Sullivan). Just one more blessing in my life!!
My other hobbies include shooting and collecting firearms, music, reading and hot-rod cars and motorcycles. I also assist (read: doing the heavy lifting, lol) with my wife’s antique business. We bought a brand new 47 HP Kubota L4701 tractor in Sept. ’16 to use on our ranch in the country, “Brokenoak”. I’ve been busy and having a lot of fun as a Country Squire out there. Yes, life can get rather hectic for ol’ Squire Brantley! 🙂
When I was 13-14 years old, my family and I lived in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, where my Dad worked for ALCOA (1966-67). My passion then was slot car racing! I had two commercial tracks within 100 meters/yards of our house. Oh man, did I fun over there! Hey wait, that was over 50 years ago?!?! Wow, where did the time go?
My dad, John H. "Johnny" Brantley was one of 13 children born to a cotton-picking, share-cropping couple in Milam county Texas. Born in 1923, he was the fourth son and fourth oldest. My grandparents lived in poverty that is seldom found toda[...]
This is another older build, circa early-mid 1990s. It had never had a photograph made until the late February session with my Me-262 at the Cameron airport. It's painted with Humbrol and Model Master enamels and built basically out of the box[...]
The Me-262 is, hand's down, my all-time favorite aircraft. I really love them! In fact, when the "Stormbird Project" was building its replicas, I got in touch with them about volunteering.
Unfortunately, the commute from central Texas to Seat[...]
Started more than three years ago, I resumed work on this old Hobbycraft kit a month or so ago. I finished her Saturday, and made my way out to the airport today for a photo session. I messed up the stretched sprue radio aerial loading the mod[...]
This is my first finished build of the new year :); completed on Sunday, Jan.1, it was started in mid-July 2013! At some point, it was relegated to a safe spot and more or less abandoned. I would dust her off from time to time, always thinking[...]
Well, this is a first on two counts. It's the very first pics taken of this ancient model, and it's the first set of pics I've posted that weren't taken at an airport! Bob Mack said he'd like to see the pics of my Monogram Hellcat, so I took h[...]
Last winter, I dug my one and only World War One build out of the cabinet, and thought, what the heck, take some pics of the old girl. It has never been photographed before, and it looks pretty rough in many ways. It is the ancient Testors (ex-[...]
Under the banner of "better late than never", I want to show my prize for the August Random Winner Award. It's my first Airfix kit and it's a beauty! I am so looking forward to building this one. Thanks iModeler! And thanks to everyone here[...]
Last week's trip to the Cameron Airport involved five models and none had been photographed out there before. Although it was really hot, I managed to get a few pics of each plane. Both of these are ancient 1/48 Monogram kits, and both were bu[...]
The model is the Monogram 1/48 Mirage 2000, the instructions are dated 1986. I built the kit somewhere between '93 and '95. It had never been photographed at all until last Tuesday. When it was built way back then, I had very little experienc[...]