[WWI] Who Inspired You?

Clarence Wentzel cewentzel at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 20 20:11:20 EDT 2011

Interesting question.  I have been interested in aircraft since I was 3 or 4 years old.  I was staying with my mother's aunt while she was working for Douglas Aircraft in WW II.  She was a riveter in the wing of a C-54.
I began building plastic models during the early Aurora days.  I changed to flying models for a while but got back to plastic in the early '60s.  On my way home from work, I HAD to pass a small hobby shop on John R Street near Detroit.  This was the original Squadron Shop and I was hooked.  I was friends with Jerry Campbell, Walt Lonzinski and others and it helped my building.  My job moved me to Brazil and Venezuela in the 70's and 80's but I moved my kits with me and found great modelers at both locations.  
Back in the US, I found IPMS groups that helped me expand my skills and provided great friendship.

 Visit "Clare's Corner" at; http://clarescorner.com

From: Thomas Young <maiesm72 at att.net>
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 5:09 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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