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About gene1

  • Birthday 12/28/1930

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    Western North Carolina
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    Models, designing homes, reading, pistol shooting

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  1. Hi, I have been building models of all kinds since before WW2 & at nearly 89 I still enjoy doing it. I spend a lot of time building all types. I have built 6 train layouts since 1955, a small 4'x8' to later 10'x18'. all were fully detailed. Most all my trains were old time narrow & standard gauge geared locos. I build all types of fighter planes as I served in a post war fighter sqd. I have built a lot of wood sailing ship models & now do them all in plastic. I do alot of WW2 subs, carriers, & Battleships as my brother was in combat in WW2 & was on the USS Indiana.

                  I build all kinds of car,  Here are a few05-DSCN7039-001.jpgbut mostly race cars of all types as I have been going to races since my first in 1936. Nascar & Indy are my favorites , but I love & build a lot of Ferraris. Our home is full of built models of all types. Aside from 40 years designing & building homes models have taken most of my spare time. That is just a start I am just starting on Popeyes General Loco. I have been on ships for the last 3 or 4 years     Gene


  2. CDW, Thanks for the compliment, I would be glad to put on pictures. I really meant what I said about Denis's General post. It was great all the way thru. I read everything and was very happy to learn a whole lot for my build of the General. I really loved train models all my life. I will even put some pictures of them on if that is ok. I built a lot of wood ships & riverboat back some years ago. I was big on Riverboats too I was scratch building the Betsy Ann from plans I got from an architect in California. His grandfather owned & was Captain on the Betsy. She is a neat little sternwheeler from 1898. I will have to learn how to post pictures tho. I have to say again Thanks to Popeye for such a great post on the General. I know it will save me a bunch of time. His build & pictures were both super. I am back to using super & great because old people forget words quicker than anything. Gene
  3. Denis, Your General build is the best I have ever seen. I am going to be 89 in 2 months & still am building models. I started before Dec. 7 1941 and still love it. My general I just bought arrives tomorrow. My first HO engine back in 1954 was the Mantua General & I still have a newspaper clipping of the layout I built to run it on. I am excited to start the big General. I built at least 5 more big layouts , & about everything else. Right now I am doing the big HMS Victory & some Carriers from Midway. I had a friend in school, older then me , who joined the navy right after Pearl Harbor & was on the Yorktown at Midway. He made it thru the war OK. I would love to talk to you sometime as you are really a great builder. I have a lot of questions for you. Thanks again, Gene

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