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About CDW

  • Birthday 04/16/1954

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    Tampa, Florida
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    Scale model building of all types; American and world history; science; religious studies; flight; grandchildren; travel; antique car and motorcycle restoration

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  1. That's quite a collection of mighty fine stuff from your old homestead. You just may be the one who solves the age old riddle of how to put 20 pounds of items into an eighteen pound sack. Although I am almost certain there are benevolent modelers on this forum who would be glad to help you out by storing some of these articles for you in their man caves (or she caves as the case may be).
  2. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    Very high ceilings, lots of windows, and huge attic fans. Plus, we didn't know any better. You don't miss what you never had.
  3. The "What have you done today?" thread.

    I did something similar with a 1969 Chevelle in the early 2000's. Used a lot of donor and after market parts to build that one. Really sharp looking car when I finished it. Summit parts catalog was my friend.
  4. Them Old Jokes

    My children are grown but as long as I live there will be consequences if they act the fool. They know it, too. Great thing is, when you raise them that way, they seldom require "maintenance". PS: by doing it this way, I am just continuing a long family tradition. My Dad never grew too old to give me "that look" when I got out of line. That's all it took.
  5. Them Old Jokes

  6. Never too old to start moving again

    Bravo, Robin.
  7. Fokker DR 1 Building log

    Are you going to build it to fly or for static display? Either way, it should be a lot of fun.
  8. But then there is Professor Ivar Giaever, the 1973 Nobel Prizewinner for Physics, who completely dismisses man-made global warming theory, calling it psuedoscience.
  9. What is much more compelling than man made global warming theory is the basic fact: In 1900, the population in Florida was minute, and mostly inland while farming, and timber were predominate industry here. The coastal areas were mostly all undeveloped for very good reason...the people were smart enough to know those areas were not safe to develop due to the possibility of bad weather (hurricanes). Flash forward more than 100 years to today, and Florida has a population that exceeds 20 million people and lots of it is on the coast. It doesn't take a PhD to realize what is going to happen every time there is a hurricane.
  10. Trust me, I will not start this model until I get at least two simpler card models finished and under my belt. I may not find another one of these and don't want to screw it up. I have your tutorial all lined up with my sheets printed out and all supplies, except I am waiting on a precision hole punch tool to arrive from Micro-Mark. That should give me a good start then I'll do something a little more complex before starting the "shiny horse".
  11. I saw an online build review of this 1:200 Scharnhorst kit and had to find one for myself. This fellow is an extraordinary modeler and does great justice to this kit: http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=155972 After I began searching for the kit, I realized it is currently out of print. But I was lucky and found the kit at GPM, along with all the photo etch, metal barrels, props, and anchors. The only thing they didn't have were the laser cut frames. I next ran across a shop named Freetime Hobbies in the Ukraine. They had the laser cut frames for this kit and I ordered them, but have not received them yet to photograph them. After reviewing the kit, I am glad I found the laser cut frames. They are extensive. As you will see in the photographs, the photo etch is extensive with this set!
  12. When I grew up in Florida, houses were made for no air conditioning. They stayed reasonably cool in the summer with high ceilings and lots of windows. My old homestead pictured below. Today, the houses are made so they are ovens without air conditioning. So sad, but it's part of the price we've paid for "progress".
  13. What county are you in? Hope your power comes up, soon.
  14. My hometown of Tampa, Florida, dodged another bullet with hurricane Irma. The path of the hurricane jigged and jogged and no one could say with any reasonable certainty where it was going to go. The eye wall of this storm was packing 180 mph plus winds as it ripped through Cuba, but it weakened much over the small island before it started its west-northwest turn then north, and finally slightly east of north. For a day or two, they were projecting the eye to pass directly over Tampa after it rebuilt its strength over the warm Gulf waters. But as fate would have it, it made landfall about 150 - 200 miles south of us in Naples Florida before the eye passed about 50 miles east of us over more rural areas. My sister-in-law got hit pretty hard as she lives more or less in the path the eye took east of Tampa. She had portions of her metal roof ripped away and scores of trees went down blocking the road that leads to her home. The northeast quadrant of a hurricane is the most destructive portion of it. In that quadrant, you have lots of small tornadoes that spring up and higher winds. You never want to eye of a hurricane to pass on the west side of you so that you are struck by the northeast quadrant. As it was, Tampa took the northwest quadrant of the storm and suffered much less wind. I would estimate the winds were gusting to around 90 mph with sustained winds of about 75 mph over our house. Even at that, the sound of it is harrowing and it lasts a rather long time, maybe 5 or 6 hours in our case before it passes completely over and past. For hours after that, you'll get the occasional high gusts of 70 mph or more as this was a massive size storm, some 300 miles wide or more. On Monday after the storm has passed, my wife and I went out and began picking up all the tree limbs that had fallen from the oak trees in our front yard and piling them on the roadside for debris contractors to pick up. The picture below is what we gathered and piled up from our front yard only. Lots more in the back yard, but not much more room for it. The contractor will make at least two passes to pick up all the debris. We were very lucky this time. Minimal damage.
  15. Hurricane Harvey

    Man, flooding is the worst. It's got to be a very helpless, hopeless feeling to see all your belongings just go completely underwater like that. If you ever go down to Homestead Florida and see how many of those homes and businesses that were totally destroyed by hurricane Andrew in 1992 never come back, it's a sobering thing. Many of those were demolished by wind. Some of the stories of the survivors of it will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.