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I am twice-retired. I retired as an Air Force pilot (C-141) & instructor pilot (T-37, C-141) in 1993. I spent the next 20 years teaching high school social studies & also as an adjunct instructor at a local junior college. I retired from high school teaching in 2015 & taught my last college class in the spring 2016 semester. I began modelling when I was a kid and continued until the 1980s when my job began to interfere with my modelling time. This trend actually got worse when I became a teacher. Now that I have time to model again, I find myself trying to sort through the many new techniques & tools available now. Over the years I kept buying kits, but not building them because they were easier to move. So now I have a two-car garage completely filled with unbuilt airplanes, armor, ships, space ships, and a few cars. I am now building my way through this cache of thousands while still selectively buying new kits. I am also building an HO Scale train layout which became possible when my daughter finished college & no longer needed her room. :o)

1931 Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogyro

In 1992, I was a pilot stationed at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. My wife and I attended a great airshow at Willow Grove Naval Air Station in June of 1992. There were a lot of great displays, both static and aerial, but one of the most striking [...]

From the Vault: 1986 Aerial Refueling in a C-141B Starlifter

I have been slowly scanning my old slides and negatives so that I can have digital copies that can be enhanced in either Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop. (Those of you who have grown up in the digital age with cameras that create digital photos wi[...]

Taking a Break: Building Meng’s Warship Builder Series USS Lexington

I was in the mood to take a break from the more complex models I was building, so I was trolling through the hobby shop and saw Meng’s USS Lexington in their Warship Builder series. If you aren’t familiar with these kits, they are “caricatures[...]

Time Capsule: 1989 Visit to the Commemorative Air Force Museum

In 1989, I was an instructor pilot flying the T-37 trainer at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Although I had a previous assignment in Oklahoma teaching basic students to fly in the T-37, this tour was different because we were t[...]

Borrowing Your Spouse’s Stuff: Using the Silhouette Cameo

I am sure it’s no secret that there is a great deal of overlap in the tools and techniques used by various hobbies. For instance, scenery and weathering techniques and tools designed for model railroading work equally well for our models. Wit[...]

Going Backward to Move Forward

I have a short tale of woe and misery, but this story does have a happy ending. I think some of you may identify with this tale. I started plastic modelling when I was a kid in the 1950’s. I remember buying the box-scale Revell B-47 in the Po[...]