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Iron Modeler
Tell me what you build, and I'll tell you who you are.
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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
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
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
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
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
Howdy, everyone! I've been spending time at the workbench lately. Our AMPS Chapter is involved with a display for a museum, and that has eaten up quite a bit of our collective time over the past year. We're still not finished, but every week gets us one step closer. My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at Iron Modeler
(Note: I am publishing this more or less simultaneously on the Iron Modeler blog and in the IPMS/Mid-Carolina Newsflash. The local guys may wonder why I add identifiers to folks they know well—there’s why!) Howdy, All! This year’s IPMS/USA National Convention is in the books, and all I can say... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2019 at Iron Modeler
Howdy... The IPMS/Mid-Carolina Swamp Fox Modelers and the AMPS Central South Carolina Wildcats co-hosted the Second Annual South Carolina Scale Model Mega Show last weekend. First, the stats: 109 entrants (AMPS and IPMS) 400 models (AMPS, IPMS, Display Only) 29 vendors on 61 tables 4 food trucks Approximately 300 walk-ins... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Iron Modeler
Howdy, all! There have been several times along the way in my scale modeling adventures where I have learned or discovered something that changed the way I built models. The short list: Monogram Models diorama sheets. These diorama sheets were written by a guy named Sheperd Paine. I had never... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Iron Modeler
Howdy... A lot has happened since we last visited in October. Work picked up about the time I made my last post, and it was rather hectic through late March/early April. It has once again tapered off, but no work means no pay, so I'm working to suss out some... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Iron Modeler
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