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I’ve recently joined this elite group and have been browsing around for the last several days to become familiar with the site. To say the least, I’m amazed ! To introduce myself, my name is Chuck and I live in SE Pennsylvania . As the story goes, I’ve been into models for years but mostly aviation stuff. Started into real aviation very early in life and continued till retirement n 2010, but still working at the local airport for fun. Very normal and boring to date. Well,  my life change a few weeks ago, with  a major medical event. No more flying for me!  But the really interesting part of the story is yet to come.

My Brother John pulled up roots, purchase 7 acres in Maine, built a house and moved. Most people move to warmer climate, but not John. For years, he and his wife have boarded the schooner Stephen Taber out of Rockland, ME, presenting classes to fellow travelers on how to take pictures of light houses. My great idea was to build a model of the ST as a house warming gift. The closest kit I came across is the Smuggler from Blue Jacket.  Now it just so happens  that the Blue Jacket company is very close to where my Brother now lives. How cool is that!!

Kit was purchased a couple of weeks age and now working on the hull. As soon as I learn how to post pictures, I’ll do so as soon as I learn how to start a blog.

For now, happy modeling to all.


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Welcome! The two ships, Stephen Taber and Smuggler, do have very similar lines, so it should not be terribly difficult to pass a model of the latter off as the former. Cheers!

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Hello Chuck, and a very warm welcome to the forum from 'Down Under'.



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Chris...my very thoughts

John.... Have several friends down under from my airplane days.....



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