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  • 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. Just go on Youtube dot com and search "the great train chase". You'll find similar videos on the history of the General.
  2. This model is really coming along! I just watched a history show about the Yanks stealing the General and the ensuing chase. Very interesting history about that train.
  3. In the '90's, there was an edition of a 60's Chevy Nova by AMT that had an even more detailed small block chevy engine included. The kit came with an engine stand to display it outside of the car.
  4. Love those old Pontiacs. My oldest brother bought a brand new Catalina in '62. My mother bought a new one in '67. She let me use hers often, and with that 389, it was a real mover. Just a big 2 bbl carb on hers, but it had plenty of kick.
  5. At the time when my forefathers settled in Florida, there were basically just two ways to get here from the north. You either came in by sea (Atlantic Ocean) through a navigable water way like the St. Johns River, or you came in by horseback or wagon around the west side of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
  6. First Saint Patrick's Day on a Sunday in 40 years today. Our celebrations began yesterday with our extended family picnic at the lake. Youngest grandson, River, enjoys a cupcake (wears a cupcake). 🙂 The Admiral cooked a feast today for our immediate family.
  7. These pirates look pretty cool. Correct scale, too. https://www.toysoldiersdepot.com/store.php/thedustyloft/pd8245992/mars_figures_1_72_zombie_skeleton_pirates_48_?gclid=CjwKCAjw4LfkBRBDEiwAc2DSlHICX0qaQYSJxt_cUkYN_N11iTrvDv1OL6YvIaphRvGBiepRPmcEQhoCO-cQAvD_BwE
  8. Ratlines look fantastic! If I were a sculptor, would sculpt some skeleton pirates to pose as climbing the ratlines....holding daggers with their teeth. 🙂
  9. What's the purpose of those 4 vertical pegs that are provided for the bench top? I didn't throw mine out, but never figured out why I needed them.
  10. My 3rd great grandfather came to the area now known as Ocala as one of the earliest settlers in the 1840's. He built the first courthouse there for Marion County. The Ocala Star Banner conferred with one of my cousins and then published a big write up about it in their paper. I have many many cousins in that area of Florida. The couple pictured in the article are my 2nd great grandparents.
  11. Thanks OC. It's always a pleasure to have you looking in and your encouragement.
  12. Thank you very much for your comments, Tom. There is such a wealth of good information and how-to's out there today on the net that didn't exist some years ago, it makes the hobby more achievable than it once was. In addition, there are much better paints, glues, and putty than once existed. Scratch that itch and get a plastic kit to try out for yourself. I highly recommend a Tamiya kit of your choice as a beginning place to re enter the hobby or as a first try. The engineering and fit of Tamiya kits are superb. Some of the others require more persuasion to fit.
  13. The bane of all small businesses...when you arrive at a condition where you must decide whether to grow big or stay small. I admire the people who endure the hardships of business ownership and operation. Where would we be without them?

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