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USAF Tech Training Students Model Building Group needs kits
Posted by USAFASME7 on Saturday, August 08, 2015 4:19 PM

This is kind of long; so thanks in advance for reading it!

Hey everyone,

As some of you know, I teach Aircraft Structural Repair and Corrosion Control (painting aircraft) at the USAF Technical Training School aboard NAS Pensacola, Florida. I'm a Civil Service employee; after retiring from the USAF 5 years ago.

About a year ago, I decided to ask the student population if any of them would be interested in building some model planes for our glass showcase in the school's hallway. These models would be "Legacy Projects" left behind at the school after the students finish their 4-months of training. I already had about 10 of my own models in that showcase. I'm sure you can imagine how many teenagers these days HAVE NEVER built a model before--too many video games! The response was very good...better that I had hoped, and I've had about 9 Airmen and even 4 NCOs (other Instructors) building models--most of them for their first time!

Sadly, it is really expensive for the students to get to the LHS because it is a $50.00  / 40-mile round-trip cab ride to purchase their kits and supplies. So sometimes I go shopping for them.

The group meets twice a week for 2 hours after school in one of the laboratories where we set up tables, paint racks, airbrush compressor, etc. Attendance and interest seems very "Seasonal", as we typically have plenty of interested Airmen in the winter time, but the summers in Florida; well, let's face it...they'd rather be at the beach.

Under my guidance, and that of 2 other somewhat experienced modelers (Instructors), these troops have turned out some beautiful aircraft! X-1, P-38, F-84, P-51, P-39, Sopwith Camel, Neuport 17, B-25, B-17, etc.

When they finish their model; the deal is that they have to give a 3-5 minute briefing on the aircraft's history, technological advancements, armament and combat use, etc. --in front of the entire Squadron at Friday afternoon's Final Formation...then it goes in the showcase. I even managed to "acquire" two new lighted, locking showcases to display the models in.

Most of them have finished their kit in the 4 months of training; but occasionally I'll have to apply decals / dullcote, or glue on a canopy or some other final detail they were unable to finish.

I think it's also important for the students to learn a little about other countries' aircraft; the ones we've fought, and the ones we've fought along-side. We need Airmen that are mission-ready to fix the aircraft; but I'm trying to get these troops interested in aviation and history in general. I've donated several of the kits; as have other Instructors and Retirees.

I'm asking that if any fellow model builders have a kit or two in their "stash" they would be interested in donating to the Tech School Students, please feel free to send me a message. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

What we're primarily interested in is U.S. Army Air Service, Air Corps, and U.S. Air Force, but recently we dedicated a shelf to "Allies and Adversaries" to include a Fokker D.II, Do-335, J2M3 "Jack", and a Canadian CF-101B so far.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

 

--Rob

--Rob

Glue Sniffer since 1977

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Posted by waynec on Saturday, October 10, 2015 9:40 PM

i live in Littleton. PM me more information bitte. i am a member of Rob Wolf Denver and Centennial Colorado Springs.

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Posted by A Eastman on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 5:42 PM

Rob

 

I was in sheetmetal before they were combined and way before the tech school was in Florida and at Chanute AFB.

I joined way back in 1977 send me a PM if you wish

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Posted by templar1099 on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:49 PM

PM me with 3 kits you would like along with shipping instructions.

"le plaisir delicieux et toujours nouveau d'une occupation inutile"

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Posted by Justbuggin on Sunday, March 13, 2016 11:21 PM

I see a lot of sweet birds in There, but I am pretty partial to that F-15 you have. I miss that jet. weapons loader from 2001-2004. 

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Posted by ikar01 on Friday, April 01, 2016 10:36 PM

Check you messages.

Box sent by U.P.S. and should have arrived today.

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Posted by Hunter on Sunday, April 03, 2016 3:31 PM

templar1099

PM me with 3 kits you would like along with shipping instructions.

 

DITTO

Hunter

 

 

On the Bench:  6 Group Builds.....


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Posted by USAFASME7 on Thursday, April 07, 2016 3:03 PM
Thank you so much to everyone who has donated kits so far to the USAF Tech School Students' model-building workshops. So far, almost 20 kits have been donated, along with a few supplies and they will definitely come in handy! Interest in the workshops is starting to spread, so we can definitely use all kinds of models! --Rob

--Rob

Glue Sniffer since 1977

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    January, 2016
Posted by Liquid Magma on Thursday, April 07, 2016 10:41 PM

I would love to help! Always good to get a few more into the hobby, even if it is at an older age than I started. I think model building is what sparked my career interest in aerospace!

Plus I think I could use to clear out a few from my unbuilt stash anyway to make room for some new dust collectors. Stick out tongue

Send me more info Rob

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  • From: PBG, FL
Posted by John31388 on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:45 PM

I've just inherited more models then I can most likely every build from my Father I'd be happy to donate a few to you just send me the info.

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:50 AM
Hey Rob, glad to hear they are enjoying the kits. The new house should be finished by the end of July, beginning of August. As soon as we move in (and you know the model boxes WILL be some of the first ones opened!), I'll send you some more. I'm sure I have some that need a good home. ;) Eagle90

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Posted by Rob Beach on Tuesday, June 07, 2016 10:44 PM

Rob, have you tried coordinating with Mike Bobe at Bobe's Hobby House?  I'm sure he'd be helpful in getting stuff together for pickup (perhaps even delivery...)  I assume you know the local guys in the modeling club (used to meet at John Struck's shop in Cantonment, IIRC.)

Regards, Robert

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Posted by recce009 on Thursday, August 04, 2016 6:47 AM

USAFASME7

This is kind of long; so thanks in advance for reading it!

Hey everyone,

As some of you know, I teach Aircraft Structural Repair and Corrosion Control (painting aircraft) at the USAF Technical Training School aboard NAS Pensacola, Florida. I'm a Civil Service employee; after retiring from the USAF 5 years ago.

About a year ago, I decided to ask the student population if any of them would be interested in building some model planes for our glass showcase in the school's hallway. These models would be "Legacy Projects" left behind at the school after the students finish their 4-months of training. I already had about 10 of my own models in that showcase. I'm sure you can imagine how many teenagers these days HAVE NEVER built a model before--too many video games! The response was very good...better that I had hoped, and I've had about 9 Airmen and even 4 NCOs (other Instructors) building models--most of them for their first time!

Sadly, it is really expensive for the students to get to the LHS because it is a $50.00  / 40-mile round-trip cab ride to purchase their kits and supplies. So sometimes I go shopping for them.

The group meets twice a week for 2 hours after school in one of the laboratories where we set up tables, paint racks, airbrush compressor, etc. Attendance and interest seems very "Seasonal", as we typically have plenty of interested Airmen in the winter time, but the summers in Florida; well, let's face it...they'd rather be at the beach.

Under my guidance, and that of 2 other somewhat experienced modelers (Instructors), these troops have turned out some beautiful aircraft! X-1, P-38, F-84, P-51, P-39, Sopwith Camel, Neuport 17, B-25, B-17, etc.

When they finish their model; the deal is that they have to give a 3-5 minute briefing on the aircraft's history, technological advancements, armament and combat use, etc. --in front of the entire Squadron at Friday afternoon's Final Formation...then it goes in the showcase. I even managed to "acquire" two new lighted, locking showcases to display the models in.

Most of them have finished their kit in the 4 months of training; but occasionally I'll have to apply decals / dullcote, or glue on a canopy or some other final detail they were unable to finish.

I think it's also important for the students to learn a little about other countries' aircraft; the ones we've fought, and the ones we've fought along-side. We need Airmen that are mission-ready to fix the aircraft; but I'm trying to get these troops interested in aviation and history in general. I've donated several of the kits; as have other Instructors and Retirees.

I'm asking that if any fellow model builders have a kit or two in their "stash" they would be interested in donating to the Tech School Students, please feel free to send me a message. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

What we're primarily interested in is U.S. Army Air Service, Air Corps, and U.S. Air Force, but recently we dedicated a shelf to "Allies and Adversaries" to include a Fokker D.II, Do-335, J2M3 "Jack", and a Canadian CF-101B so far.

Anyway, thanks for reading!

 

--Rob

 

 

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    March, 2014
Posted by pcj240ross on Friday, August 05, 2016 1:08 AM

Not to mention kits pricces have increased due to licensing...

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  • From: Elkhart Indiana
Posted by sjkoz on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 11:52 PM
I probably have a few kits I can give up. Let me know a shipping address where I can send them. 1 ea- 1/48 F-19, 1/72 HE162A-2, 1/48 P-38F/G/H, 1/48 SBD Dauntless, 1/72 Super Puma Helo, 1/48 XP-55 Curtis Ascender. Steve

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