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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)

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Straight Out-of-the-Box: Monogram USS Chicago

I have always really liked the naval vessels of the Cold War. I usually build aircraft models, but I got first started building ships with a 1/500-ish Renwal re-release, and I just stayed with the scale. This model hasn't been available for s[...]

Special Hobby D-558 Skyrocket

As I have gotten older, I have taken the pledge to avoid all things complicated and small. But sometimes I convince myself that I want to do something that definitely doesn't meet my "keep it simple" guidelines. And so it was that I saw this [...]

Modelfiesta 38, San Antonio, Texas, 16 February 2019

I attended the annual model show (Modelfiesta) of the Alamo Squadron of IPMS today. I don't enter models anymore, but I like to go find good stuff at the vendors and take some pictures of the entries. I get to the show when it first opens (to [...]

Revell PBM Mariner

I wanted to post some of the kits I have been doing, but it is a little intimidating in the midst of the other kits that have been shown lately. After many years of going the extra mile on kits with all the photoetch, resin, and detailing, I ha[...]

Harlingen 1989 – Part 2

In the midst of all of the recent posts that showcase some really awesome modelling, I wanted to send out some 1:1 inspiration. I have previously posted on a 1989 cross country trip I took to Harlingen Airport in a T-37 when I was stationed at [...]

T-41 Mescalero Walk Around

The subject of these photos is probably a little obscure, but there have been a couple of T-41 models from Minicraft, PM, and others. My wife was a military instructor pilot who was assigned from 1986 to 1990 at Hondo Airfield just west of San [...]

Naked T-38

In 1990, I was an instructor pilot and wing staff officer assigned to Randolph AFB in San Antonio, Texas. At the time, the wing was flying T-37's and T-38's. I was on my way back from a meeting and happened to pass the wing paint shop and noti[...]

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[...]
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