[WWI] Who Inspired You?

mikemuth mikemuth at ptd.net
Tue Jul 19 21:47:44 EDT 2011

Neat thread.

My dad got me started, but after that, I was pretty much on my own, along
with a few friends my own age. When I got back into it about 20 years ago at
age 40, I knew no one else who did models, let alone WW I stuff. Living in
NE Pa., there is no active IPMS where I live.maybe in Scranton an hour away.
I think I get inspired by the stuff I see the other list members post.

Mike Muth


From: wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org [mailto:wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org] On
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Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 5:10 PM
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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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