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  • Member since
    August 2020
  • From: Everett, WA USA
New guy checking in
Posted by Gunny Dan on Friday, August 21, 2020 11:52 AM

Greetings Modelers,

Recently got back into the hobby after a few years off to retire and move from the East Coast back to the West Coast.  Southern Maryland back to Seattle area.  Retired from the Marine Corps in 2008, did 23 years active, and another 10 years as a DoD contractor for Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River MD.  I was a CH-53A/D/E helicopter crewchief and mechanic while I was active duty.  I moved home to seattle to work with my Dad's company here at Paine Field, in Everett WA.  We currently are restoing a 1943 Mitsubishi A6M3-32 "Hamp" fighter.  We also built (3) flying (2) static Me-262's for various customers.

I model mostly in 1/48th scale, but dabble in other scales when I find the right aircraft or helicopter I want to build.  I mostly build for fellow veterans/friends and pass my models onto them.  My interests are WWII to modern aircraft and helicopters.  Currently I am building some 1/48th scale CH-53's for a fellow Marine.  The revell CH-53A/D kit, as well as the Academy CH-53E.  He has asked me for (4) aircraft in total.  CH-53A from circa 1989, CH-53D from 1990, a CH-53D in desert colors from 1991 when he was in Iraq, and a 1995 CH-53E in the new gray scheme.

Very much looking forward to meeting you all, and learning about the hobby all over again, as there are so many improvements and techniques out there these days.  And as I look over the forum there are so many excellent modelers here, I hope to gain some expertise along the way.

v/r Gunny Dan

GySgt Daniel Hammer


1/48th scale WWII-present modeler


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    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, August 21, 2020 4:50 PM
welcome aboard

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  • From: Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.
Posted by Dodgy on Friday, August 21, 2020 5:00 PM

Welcome to the forums Gunny Dan. I'm ex Australian Navy and new to the forums myself. I'm pretty much blown away by the range of information here, everything from any modelling subject you can think of, to some really great recipies. Everyone is really friendly and there's a wealth of skills and knowledge to be shared. Would also love to talk to you about the aircraft your dad's company are working on. Enjoy the site, I'm sure you won't be dissapointed.

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    October 2016
  • From: Louisiana Gulf South
Posted by Mrchntmarine on Friday, August 21, 2020 5:25 PM

Welcome.  I spent some time in Annapolis, now im back home in LA.  I do miss the change of leaves though.  Enjoy!


Keep on building!

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Saturday, August 22, 2020 8:54 AM

Welcome aboard.

''I am a Norfolk man and i glory in being so''

On the bench: Revell 1/72nd Type VIIc U-Boat

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Saturday, August 22, 2020 11:18 AM

Welcome to the Forums!





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Posted by lewbud on Saturday, August 22, 2020 2:58 PM

Welcome aboard!

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:07 PM

Welcome Daniel. Thank you for your service.

Be sure to check in over in the Helicopter forum. They'll be very interested to see what you do, offer tips and get to know you.




Modeling is an excuse to buy books


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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, August 22, 2020 4:18 PM

Hi Dan! Welcome to the Forums. Glad to have you with us. Thank you for your service.

My favorites are WWI & WWII planes followed closely by sailing ships. Got started at the age of 6(1946) and never stopped.

You have come to the right place. Great people here that are very knowledgeable and ready to help out with any questions or problems. 

Relax and enjoy.

Jim  Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, August 23, 2020 8:15 AM

Welcome aboard, Gunny!

Your Marine buddy must have a lot of airspace to hold a platoon of CH-53s!!  Cool follow-up career to be able to restore WW2 fighters for a job!!  For may of us in the forums, that would be a dream job!!

I'm retired military like you; served with the Army for 22 years.  There are a lot of us here on FSM.  Thanks for your service!

I build a little bit of everything, especially WW2 aircraft and armor.  Also those weapons and vehicles that I have a personal connection with.  You are right, the hobby has changed quite a bit and we all continue to learn new things.  That's one of the great parts of being in this online community.  Hope to see you around.

Dave W.


2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!  Why Photobucket did you rob me of my one Group Build Badge???  Must be part of the strong anti-Monogram cartel!!!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, August 23, 2020 11:55 AM

Oh My;

 That's a falsehood! There is no such thing as a retired Marine. Off Duty or sumpin else. I did Navy 12 years and then the CORPS for 16 .Too Long. But If it wasn't for Gunnies the whole thing would fall apart! I like your Birds. Good Luck. Everything that has wings except the M.E 262 See Through and Civilian birds, when I do an airplane it HAS to say Marines on the side. Can't help myself.  Oh Welcome Aboard. Tanker-Builder.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, August 23, 2020 2:08 PM

welcome to the forum.  Would love to see pics of the 1:1 birds



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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Sunday, August 23, 2020 3:57 PM

Gunny Dan
learning about the hobby all over again, as there are so many improvements and techniques out there these days.

Pleased to meet you, Gunny.  On returning to the hobby about 2 years ago, I was a bit overwhelmed by the changes - new kinds of glue, new kinds of paint, aftermarket everything, a whole new level of detail & accuracy, and more kit manufacturers than you could shake a stick at!  Once you get over the shock, it's great!

Joining this forum is definitely a good move, there are many friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable people here (even I'm starting to make the odd small contributionSmile).

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

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  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Monday, August 24, 2020 12:11 PM

Welcome to the forum, Gunny Dan!  Thank you for serving, and I look forward to seeing your builds!

Best regards,


The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



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  • From: Seattle, WA
Posted by Surface_Line on Friday, August 28, 2020 6:56 AM

Greetings, Gunny

Welcome to the digital get-together.  I'm not sure whether you've heard from the folks at Paine Field about the Seattle chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society.  Once all this covid smoke clears and people can meet together in groups again, it is fun to get together in real life with other modelers.  The Seattle IPMS chapter meetings see 70-100 folks get together each month, and absolutely all areas of modeling are represented.  You can get more info at

Welcome aboard!  (that's squid-talk)

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    August 2020
  • From: Everett, WA USA
Posted by Gunny Dan on Friday, August 28, 2020 4:11 PM
Thanks all for such a great welcome. I will look for sure into the IPMS chapter here in Seattle. Thanks Shipmate!! (That's squid/Marine talk right there!) r/Gunny Dan

GySgt Daniel Hammer


1/48th scale WWII-present modeler


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    October 2003
  • From: Canada
Posted by sharkbait on Saturday, August 29, 2020 6:25 AM

Welcome aboard. You will enjoy this site....lots of helpful folks around.


You have never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3!

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Posted by Tosh on Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:33 PM

Thank you for your service.  Welcome to FSM Forums.

Your friend's, Toshi & Ezra

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