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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… Every now and then during the day this past Wednesday and Thursday, I would check the progress of Hurricane Ian. As landfall approached, my heart went out to the people in Southwest Florida. Ian came ashore near Cayo Costa and Punta Gorda—nearly the same place Hurricane Charley landed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2022 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! I’m going to discuss something I have noticed more and more over the past few years. My discussion (as usual) will pertain to the hobby of scale modeling, but I see it elsewhere, too. It usually begins like this—someone displays their model at a club meeting, online, or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2022 at Iron Modeler
Howdy! Something I was not aware of before I arrived in town for my class reunion was that the Navy’s newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock (LPD), the USS Fort Lauderdale (LPD-28), was in Port Everglades for her commissioning ceremony on the same weekend. Had I known, I would have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2022 at Iron Modeler
Hello, all! To quote the late, great Cajun chef, safety engineer, philosopher, and raconteur Justin Wilson, “How y’all are? I’m so glad for you to see me some more, I ga-ron-tee!” I've told you several times about my upcoming high school class reunion. Well, it happened this past weekend. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2022 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all… Summer has once again reached the Greater Upper Midlands Co-Prosperity Sphere—days are topping out near 100° Fahrenheit, with humidity levels to match. And it’s been buggy—more so than usual. Every week, I have to clean out the screen in the primary water filter stage, and every week I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2022 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all… After I’m through working for the day, I have found myself watching some of the online scale model channels on YouTube. This is a bonus benefit of finally having high-speed fiber optic internet service—that’s right, no more HughesNet dish in the front yard! Some are better than others—the... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2022 at Iron Modeler
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Howdy! Is it really the end of January, 2022? That went quick… As I write this, I have supper cooking in the air fryer and the 60th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on the TV. This year, 61 cars across five classes took the green flag—a massive field!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2022 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, again! The leaves on the dogwoods are turning, the mornings have become cool and crisp, and that tells me that the seasons are again changing. I love this time of year. It was especially nice when I worked in the hangar, as it meant that the sweltering furnace days... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2021 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! You may recognize the header—it was a long-time marketing slogan for the U-Haul truck rental company. I’ve used them four times, and each one certainly was an adventure. The most memorable event came 20 years ago… We had moved that January, and used a small U-Haul. Given that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2021 at Iron Modeler
Howdy! Being located in Ft. Lauderdale, our customer base was quite varied and eclectic. One of the more colorful characters we knew was a charter boat captain for hire who owned a Cessna 177 Cardinal. The Cardinal was a sleek version of the venerable 172 Skyhawk—the windscreen was laid back... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2021 at Iron Modeler
My 40th high school reunion is coming up next year. That means two things—I get to hear (and tell) stories from the good old days, and I’m really getting old. I missed my other reunions—combinations of finances (usually lack thereof) and those “life things” got in the way. This time,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2021 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! Last time out, I made a comment that my hobby of scale modeling led to my career/vocation paths. To refresh your memory, they were (in no particular order) history, aviation, research, writing, and hanging out at the hobby shop. This is one of those "about me for myself"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, everyone! Well, the 2021 edition of the South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show is in the books. As with most larger events, we experienced the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. In no particular order: The Good We developed a new format for the show this year—well, actually we... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all… So, which is it? Are we artists? Craftsmen? Neither? Both? Anybody who has skimmed the various online forums has seen this argument before. A model is featured, and viewers proclaim it as “fine art”. Others reply that modeling isn’t an art, it is craft. Who is correct? Is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all, and Happy New Year! When I have no paying work to do, most of my day is spent doing research on personal projects. Along the way, as I gather information, I’m reminded of things that lurk in the far back corners of my mind. Recently, I made an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Iron Modeler
This article is part of a series of articles I've been working on lately. Again, the Technical Writer in me lives for this sort of thing, so it gets a bit, well, technical... This article was previously published in the October 2020 issue of the IPMS/Mid-Carolina Newsflash. Incidentally, you may... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! As Christmas draws near, I get nostalgic. I've waxed on about my occasional bouts of nostalgia, and they get especially strong in December. My memories, in no particular order: Going to the hobby shop. I've told you several times that Christmas was about the only time we'd go... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2020 at Iron Modeler
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Howdy… Here's another article I put together for the IPMS/Mid-Carolina Newsflash a few months ago. I don't claim to know everything, so if you have something to add, please do... ***************************** Its Wayback Machine time again. Set it for late 1982. Let’s see if you remember this: (Images: FineScale Modeler,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2020 at Iron Modeler
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Howdy, all! Here's a model I completed not too long ago. It got started during one of the Saturday build days at the hobby shop before they moved across town, and had been sitting in a state of suspended animation until I got it back in work towards the end... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all… My Facebook feed is mostly pictures of cats and models, links to music videos, and history tidbits. A few months ago, I noted the celebration of the first flight of the Cessna Citation. In my narrative, I said “Cessna’s first jet flies”, and was taken to task by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at Iron Modeler
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Howdy, all… Set the Wayback Machine. The date: July, 1982. The place: Warrick Custom Hobbies, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The summer was winding down. I had graduated high school in early June, and we went north for a few weeks to celebrate and visit family. This was my one and only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Iron Modeler
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Howdy, all! Last time we talked about Fujimi kits, and I promised you a rundown of the Sea King model I built not too long ago. Well. here she be... Building Fujimi’s 1/72 scale SH-3 In the 1950’s, the Soviet Union began fielding a larger and more potent force of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all… I’ve been reading a lot of back issues of modeling magazines lately—way, way back issues, from the early 1980’s. I was reading FineScale Modeler, to be precise (and if you are a fan of the magazine and haven’t yet bought their 25 years, 1982-2007 and 10 years, 2008-2018... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! I trust this finds all of you well and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in one form or another—family gatherings are on hold, all sorts of shows have been cancelled or postponed, meetings have been cancelled or gone online, stores have closed, and many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Iron Modeler
“At Warrick Custom Hobbies in Fort Lauderdale, kids who peek in the window of a sidewalk display often will be surprised -- the staff inside will turn on the train shown there to amuse them. ‘We have a lot of regulars who like to come in and have a cup... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2020 at Iron Modeler