[WWI] New List Member

pezo8481 at bellsouth.net pezo8481 at bellsouth.net
Tue Aug 31 07:23:34 EDT 2004


     Like you, I am into 1/72 scale WW1 modeling.  I have been modeling since I was 4 years old thanks to my Dad.  Also like you I got into the WW1 Revell, Renwal and Airfix kits in the 60's.  "The Blue Max" and "Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines" helped to solidify the OT modeling bug.  After joining the Navy, I had bounced around with model building.  Thanks to San Antonio Hobby Shop, with their plethora of vacuform kits at the time, and then moving to Atlanta in 1992 where a childhood friend introduced me to the computer game "Red Baron", I am truly locked into WW1 modeling.  And of course this list helps to perpetuate the desire.

> From: "J.R. Boye" <mercyandhope at juno.com>
> Date: 2004/08/30 Mon PM 11:08:26 EDT
> To: wwi at wwi-models.org
> Subject: Re: [WWI] New List Member
> Hi Buz;
>     Nice to hear from you. 
>      Yeah, I live right in Mountain View, not far from the San Antonio
> Hobby Shop. It's nice to have that resource close by, although they don't
> keep WW I kits in stock after their first order. They do carry all of the
> Windsock Datafiles and the magazines, however, so that is very nice.
>      Also they used to stock heavily on the vacforms, though they seem to
> be selling them off. I haven't seen anything new in a long time. I got
> several Joystick, Warbirds and Wings 72 kits years ago, a couple still in
> the collection. ( others replaced by new injection kits and passed on to
> my son. He displays them in his dorm room, so they need periodic repairs
> )
>       They still have some Merlin WWI kits if you dig through the boxes.
> I found a Pfalz Dr I a few weeks ago, and it was one of the better ones.
> All of Merlin's wings are way too thick, and need a lot of sanding. I
> ended up finishing the Pfalz in aluminum, despite the instructions,
> because the photos I had seemed to indicate it didn't stay in  natural
> finish.
>       These days the kit costs $7-20,  references another $ 20, decals
> and paints another $10-20. When I first started out, I would take $1 to
> the hobby shop. The kits were 50 cents, and the paints 5 cents each. The
> kit painting instructions were fine-nothing contradicted them.
>      How long have you been at this, Buz ? what scale are you into?
>                 J.R.
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