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Iron Modeler
Tell me what you build, and I'll tell you who you are.
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Howdy, all! The following appeared in the March 2018 issue of the IPMS/Mid-Carolina Swamp Fox Modelers' newsletter, The Newsflash. It is a subject that I had been researching for a few years, and given that we are approaching the anniversary of the day in 1962 when President Kennedy announced the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Iron Modeler
Howdy… Today, I’m going to tackle a subject that I’ve skated around for a few years. This topic, more than any other in scale modeling, can be the most polarizing thing there is in the hobby —the topic is judging scale models. I will try to remain objective and neutral... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, everyone! Have you ever seen the Clint Eastwood flick “Magnum Force”? You know, the second of the “Dirty Harry” movies, where a band of rookie cops goes out and kills the hoods that have proven difficult to bring to justice using “the system”? Their leader (and Harry Callahan’s superior),... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at Iron Modeler
(Or: Hey, Grandpa, tell us a story...) As the Cajun Chef Justin Wilson would say, "How y'all are? I'm so glad for you to see me some more!" Since we last crossed paths, a lot has happened. Our Mesa Project is over, ended prematurely by our customer. So, no more... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Iron Modeler
Howdy... I was on the road again for the past two weeks. The phrase "It's said the West is nice this time of year" is certainly true--nighttime lows in the high 50's, daytime highs in the mid- to high 80's... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I had occasion to speak with a high school... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Iron Modeler
Greetings, everyone! I find myself once again in the Big City of Mesa, Arizona for work. An old college (and scale modeling) friend of mine had moved to Tucson earlier this year and had been asking if I could meet up with him at some point since my first visit... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! Working from home is a big plus. Sure, there are distractions, but working from the house means I don't spend two and a half hours driving to and from to start and end a 12-14 hour day. The lack of travel time means I can spend it at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at Iron Modeler
Howdy... I've actually had time to put in some workbench time--the joys of working from home and having flexible hours means that I can step away from the desk and visit the workbench. As long as my work assignments get done, the boss doesn't care. What I usually do it... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Iron Modeler
Howdy... With the new job, I've had reason to do some air travel over the past few months. A few observations... First, I had a trip to the Dallas area in late February. It was my first ride on an Embraer 175/195, and I was surprised. Unlike the older 145,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Iron Modeler
Howdy... I've promised that I'd post a few photos...well, here they are. I hope y'all enjoy them! Hasegawa's 1/72 scale DAP Beaufighter 21. I built this one to illustrate my "Model Building 101" seminar at the 2016 IPMS/USA National Convention we hosted in Columbia. A Revell AG 1/72 MiG-21 F-13... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Iron Modeler
Howdy! The hobby shop was sold about a month ago. It is a good thing, we think--the new owner is local, he owns several other businesses, and he actually listens to what we tell him. He has introduced (and reintroduced) several Radio Control products that this store hasn't seen in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Iron Modeler
With apologies to Red Peters... Howdy, all! It has been a while, no? I had all good intentions of following up the IPMS Nationals, but, as they say, stuff happens. Let's start with the IPMS/USA National Convention. It may not have been the biggest--estimated registrants are around 650, 2,000 models... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at Iron Modeler
Howdy! The calendar just turned over to June. Hard to believe, but the IPMS/USA National Convention is, as I'm typing this, 56 days, 16 hours, and 10 minutes away. We're working hard here in the Greater Upper Midlands Co-Prosperity Sphere to put on the best IPMS Nationals ever--don't miss out.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Iron Modeler
As I've indicated, my last day of employment came and went early in March. I was asked to make a trip to the company's new digs to deliver some IT equipment, and I can tell you that the new place is a Taj Mahal compared to the shoebox we had... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2016 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, everyone! As my days with my current employer dwindle to single-digits, I've taken a little bit of time to look at the situation and assess where I am. Looking back over the past 30 or so years (damn, I'm getting old!), I've learned a lot of things, but the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Iron Modeler
"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town Waiting for someone or something to show you the way." Gilmour, Mason, Wright, and Waters were right, you know. Time... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! As I get older, it seems that time passes quicker. I know it is cliché, but it is true and I don't know why. I do know that of late I have been less inclined to do things and more inclined to watch the Idiot Box--and another cliché... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2015 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, everyone! From time to time, I go on the road for work. Sometimes it is to actually work airplanes, sometimes it is for trade shows, and sometimes it is for training. This road trip is for the latter two, and I managed to fit in some sightseeing and visiting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2015 at Iron Modeler
The past few weeks have not been kind to the hobby... This past weekend, the modeling world learned of the death of Sheperd Paine. Most of us were introduced to Shep's work through the Diorama Hints and Tips sheets that Monogram Models included in some of their armor and aircraft... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Iron Modeler
While I was putting some thought behind both of the national model shows that will be happening in Columbia next year, I was reminded that I still had one or two research projects on the go. Both involve men who joined the U. S. Army Air Forces during World War... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Iron Modeler
24 April is another one of "those anniversaries" that are vivid in my memory. I'll elaborate the "why" later, but first let's cover the "what"... In late 1979, the Ayatollahs came to power in Iran, sparking what was then called a "student uprising". During that uprising, the Shah, a man... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Iron Modeler
In addition to being Tax Day here in the U.S., 15 April is also the anniversary of what is now being called "The first shot in the International War on Terror." I'm speaking, of course, of the 1986 bombing raid on Libya, otherwise known as Operation El Dorado Canyon. For... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Iron Modeler
There are two products in the world that I consider to be the work of Satan. One is Styrofoam packing peanuts, the other is photoetched brass parts for scale models. I'm currently working on two models that feature photoetched parts, both of them (surprise, surprise) are Dragon Models kits. Both... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Iron Modeler
Howdy and all that... I've been pondering a few things of late. In no particular order: 1. I really need to do some Spring Cleaning. There are things I have hidden away that haven't seen the light of day in years and probably should go. And I'm not just talking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Iron Modeler
Howdy again. Been way too long... I've actually been off on a self-imposed digital vacation of sorts. I was finding myself getting too wrapped up in the computer and all the series of pipes the Interwebs was bringing me, to the point that I wasn't enjoying any of my other... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Iron Modeler