[WWI] Who Inspired You?

Michael Kendix mkendix at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 19 20:12:54 EDT 2011

Re wife #2 - have you spoken to Steve Perry?   Actually, it occurs that this is an usual though far from unique "Experience".
Re the current wife; if my wife suggested that, my suspicions would be aroused immediately. I mean, why exactly did she want you to go to the garage?

As for my own inspiration. Around 1970, someone who didn't know better bought me the Airfix Lunar Module kit. I was never interested in model making so there it sat until some rainy weekend day when I decided to try it. I followed the instructions to the letter and they were excellent. To my surprise, I finished it and it looked a lot like the Lunar Module. Nobody i knew was interested in building models. I had no ideas there were clubs or specialist shops etc. I built every British WW2 Airfix kit I could find in the local newsagents'. Then I heard about Blunts model shop in Mill Hill Circus, which was a good 30 minutes hike or a bus ride. I think I might have bought something there but the owner was really unfriendly - I don't think I went back again very often. So I had no external inspiration, only admonitions from my father that I was NOT to build any WW2 German stuff. I actually built a WW2 German kit once but got away with it because I explained it was part of a dogfight double.

Roll on 28 years & I got into WWI history & found this list. Robert Karr's scratchbuilt Handley Page was a big inspiration:


Also, Harry Woodman's book.

Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 21:30:10 +0000
From: coyotemagic at comcast.net
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Subject: Re: [WWI] Who Inspired You?

A couple years after I got out of the Navy, I decided to get my Airframe and Powerplant license at Quaker City School of Aeronautics in Philadelphia.  One of my fellow students, Joe DiAngelo, was an avid 1/48 scale WWI modeler.  He lived in the city, not far from the school and would go home to have lunch with his wife, who was a teacher nearby.  One day he invited me over for lunch and showed me his model set-up in his basement.  His models were amazing with airbrushed finishes and markings that looked painted on.  His detail work was pretty good, too.  He had this gorgeous 3 toned Corsair that had me mesmerized and I was immediately hooked.  For 20 years I built mostly WWI subjects until my second wife destroyed all of my models in a fit of rage.  A few years later we split up, but I didn't get back into modeling until two years ago when my current wife suggested I build some of the models I had in moving boxes in the garage.  I started with an Eduard D.III, only because the kit box didn't have a lid, and have been building WWI models exclusively ever since.  As my collection grew, my wife, Carol, bought me a display case.  Then another.  Then she bought me my first WNW kit, the Ninak.  So, I'd say that Joe and Carol share the honors of being my inspiration.

From: "Thomas Young" <maiesm72 at att.net>
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 2:09:53 PM
Subject: [WWI] Who Inspired You?

While waiting for my coal-fired laptop to print out a couple of items I was thinking about who got me interested in building scale models.
First would be my dad, Allyn. He built all of the Gowland & Gowland (later Revell) old-timer cars and proudly displayed them on the fireplace mantle. We were at the Walt Disney Family Museum on Sunday to check out a couple of new exhibits. One was a display of the same cars that my dad had built, but these were built by Walt.
Next would be IPMS. Our chapter, which I joined about 1967 or so, was very active, with many well-known names, fifty or so members and a newsletter for which I eventually served as Editor.
My mentors were George Lee and Dave "Bo" Boksanski. Each approached modeling from a different angle. George only scratch built, never using a kit. Bo could look at a kit part and see many uses for it other than in the kit itself. Both were fascinating characters in their own rights. Unfortunately they are long gone and very missed.
After a couple of years I was treated to the work of John Alcorn and John Boes. I still see John Al corn's work at shows and John Boes remains a good friend and fellow IPMS Santa Rosa member.
Who were/are your modeling mentors?
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