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@p38j bob mack

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i’m a 68 year old retired high steel ironworker out of ironworkers local #5 washington d.c but live in maryland…we are not steel workers…ironworkers erect it they don’t make it in a mill…i did that for 34 years..i am a navy brat…my dad and brother were both navy captains…dad a pilot and brother submarine service…dad joined in 1939 and went into battleships served in iceland on the armed neutrality patrol chasing the tirpitz but couldn’t shoot unless hit…then blimps then heavier than air…was at coral seas and midway [kiska and attu] on the battle ship and was one of three battle wagons to survive pearl…he got into airships 1943 and went to flight school after the war…flew snj ad t-33 banshee pbm’s p2v’s s2f’s and beechcraft and commanded 2 blimp squadrons ZW-1 and 2 and set up the first blimp squadron in england 1945…is mentioned in the book blimps and u boats twice..dad was anti submarine warfare and brother was a submariner…brother was a high school dropout who joined the navy at 17 in 1962 became one of the youngest 2nd class Petty Officers in the navy at 19…went to college at Purdue on the navy’s dime and commanded 2 nuclear submarines a fast attack and an fbm…he was skipper of the alabama when crimson tide was made…he hated the movie…said it was just a farce…i became an ironworker because i am not an academic…more of a mechanic…i raised 4 kids and now have 7 grands and 5 more that belong my second wife…two of my dads best friends were jimmy flatly and john l smith MOH who lead the cactus air force on guadalcanal and marine general george dooley an early tbf pilot…my parents moved 18 times in 26 years…but i kept finding them…i was born at lakehurst naval air station 1952…have been a modeller since 1960…i still love monogram tbf sbd hellcat and corsair and that old 1/96 pby plus an aurora or two quite a few renwall ships and some of those lovely suitable for framing revell kits…not to mention the lindberg me 262..i love planes ships muscle cars motorcycles figures and armor…world history and reading…i am married to a fine very kind lady that puts up with just about anything i do and have a loving sister, i have been close to all my life

P-47 w. I. P.

i hate W.I.P. personally...half the time you don't see the finish...got that old tamiya kit down and polished it up a bit...with a little silver plating...simon wh and tom cl made me do it {dirty filthy devils }...the people that have lead me in[...]

Verlinden 120mm U.S. Grant

Special Hobby 1/32 F2A-2 Buffalo Marines

yellow wings decals great kit...no shake and bake but pure pleasure

Academy 1/35 M-36 Jackson tank destroyer

this was built for a friend whose father served with Patton...one of those West Pointers that was commissioned early because he was needed...he ended up career army...he had passed before i had seen a photo of him standing beside his M-36 so i d[...]

eduard 1/48 F6F-3 “Flatleys Hellcat”

this is the mount of famous aviator LT CMDR. James H. Flatley Jr. as it would have appeared in the summer of 1943 when he commanded an air group aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown II...CV-10..."The Fighting Lady"...jimmy was a personal friend of my dad [...]

verlinden 120mm Navy-Marine pilot

Esci 1/9 BMW R/75

German MG 42 Gunner

Tamiya 1/16

Tamiya 1/48 AD-6…Dieter Dengler

Ghostrider

based on the 1/12 Revell crusader...fuel line plug wires and battery cables micro solder radio shack...brake and clutch cables third guitar string painted with gun blueing...the name has nothing to do with the movie..