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Ex- M1A1 Abrams Tank Master-Gunner & Platoon Sergeant of the 1st platoon of Coalition (US) tanks into Iraq during Desert Storm: IPMS Member; Wanna-Be pilot - I began flight instruction but ran out of money for lessons right before my first solo flight; Member in good standing of Wayne Guthrie F.& A.M. Masonic Lodge #753 - Indianapolis, IN, USA (Home of the Indy 500, the National Drag Championships, & various Indy Car races and other events/races.)

I started modeling around aged 9. (1960-ish) My Dad started doing some of the planes he flew as a Navy pilot during WWII. They were the classic 1/48 Monogram Navy planes; the SBD Dauntless, F4F Wildcat, F6F Hellcat, TBM Avenger, & the SB2C Helldiver. He later found & built others in the same scale by other manufacturers. We also started a collection of 1/72 planes, eventually having over 250 hanging from nails on my bedroom wall. I haven't done any modeling since the early 1980s but my interest is still keen.

Life Member - NRA, Member for Life - NCOWS (National Congress of Old West Shootists) - Life Member of SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) and Charter Member & past Treasurer of the Scarlet Mask Vigilance Society; SMVS - an NCOWS affiliated Club (http://www.smvs-posse.net/)

I was happily married going on 33 yrs. with 3 GREAT adult "kids," Janelle, Gareth, & Sam (Samantha), 5 grand-kids, numerous nieces & nephews (including some great nieces & great nephews;) a sweet little Morkie named Noodle, and my youngest Daughter - Sam's cat; Beastie. Sadly, my wife passed away in Oct. of 2019 due to Mesothelioma cancer.

(April 2019: R.I.P. Chico; my 15 year-old Shih Tzu dog and my Bestest Little Buddy.
Welcome! to our new puppy, Noodle! Noodle is a 3 year-old Morkie. (Morkie = part Yorkie, part Maltese.) I wish I had a tenth of her energy!)

Detail I’ve never seen – Japanese Aircraft Detail

Greetings, fellow iModelers! I was watching a short 1952 movie entitled "Okinawa." In it were some great shots of Japanese pilots (actually filmed by Japanese photographers) manning their planes (dive & torpedo bombers) [...]

R.I.P. Bernie

This is probably the wrong way to do this, so please forgive me. My good friend Bernie Hackett - who I "met" here on iModeler, passed away this past Monday, May 14. Bernie was a long-time iModeler guy who was full of fun, good [...]