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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Thursday, July 18, 2019 7:00 AM

Yeah, it's a pretty interesting game.  A little crazy, but less bloody and realistic than other first-person 'shooters.'  It is like crack to middle schoolers!!  I am actually surprised that I got a handful of them interested and excited about an 'old school,' low tech hobby like model building.  It's not immediate gratification and they are learning some good life lessons out of it.  I'm also happy to say that there are at least 2 'serious' modelers out of the bunch!

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by mawright20 on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 7:19 PM
I agree that the young boys are playing this a lot. My youngest son and his friends play together via the internet. At least its not quite the same as Call of Duty or similar games.
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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 6:45 AM
Thanks for the kind words, Chris! It has really been an eye-opener that most boys have never heard of scale modeling. I started off with 2 kids, the next day I had 4, and our final 2 days of building before the end of school, I had 10 boys actively building their first models. They were really excited to learn and to start building. Maybe a little too excited; I have some paint spills to address before school starts up again. I'm in summer school now, and I have some of the partial builds sitting around the classroom awaiting completion. The unfinished models are a conversation starter, and I already have some interest for next year's club. A rising 8th grader came in to look around and I asked him if he built models. He said "Yes sir; jets are my favorite." When asked about his favorite jet, he said it was the F-22 Raptor. I was immediately impressed with this small fry and welcomed him to join the club when the regular club started. As this is a start-up, there is no 'official' support for model building. I have been fortunate that a couple of generous guys donated some kits to get the club started. That served as a catalyst to spark interests, so we are building our little club one day at a time. I can't wait for the kids to get back! I feel the need to build again and to help others learn the hobby that got me through a challenging adolescent period!! Take care, Dave W.

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by Chris L on Monday, July 15, 2019 8:54 AM

This is so Cool, Dave W. Good for you! I have an 8 year old son and can definitely understand the struggle in combatting all the digital distractions.

I would also suggest seeking out some of the Star Wars kits to see if you could hook some of the kids who don't immediately take to the aircraft. Perhaps something more "of their time" will spark their interest and they can then proceed to the intersection of art and history that I love so much about scale modeling. Honestly, anything that's not on a screen is a plus!

I noticed Hobby Lobby had some of those Star Wars kits on clearance for around $7 last time I was there - it could be a national markdown so worth checking out.

Well done and best of luck with the boys!

Chris L.

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Saturday, June 29, 2019 9:08 AM

keavdog

That's great Dave.  I have a couple more to send out.  It would be fun to see some of their builds.  You're doing good work Dave!  Happy to support it.

 

That's great news, John!

The last few days of school we were all busy grading final assignments and exams, but we did manage to squeeze in a few build afternoons. I took some pictures of the build sessions and hope to post a few here once I figure out the best and cheapest means of posting pictures!!

Thanks again for your support!!

Dave W.

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, June 10, 2019 10:13 PM

That's great Dave.  I have a couple more to send out.  It would be fun to see some of their builds.  You're doing good work Dave!  Happy to support it.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Monday, June 10, 2019 5:54 PM

keavdog

Happy to help Dave.  Thanks for taking an interest in these kids and our hobby.  

 

Hey John!

Took a bit of a breather at the end of my first school year.  Just wanted you to know that we had a great final week with our fledgling model club.  It was a great week and the kids were super excited to get to the classroom at the end of their academic day and after parade practice.

I was amazed at how many of the cadets had never heard of models or knew of anyone who had built a model.  That was an eye opener!! I'm still finding out that these young teenagers are short on patience and have a lot to learn still.  I have a handful of kids that listen and their skills have improved greatly.  They especially like the Monogram kits.  So far, the RC 101B Recon Voodoo, the F-86, and the two Skipjack subs are built and gone.  The boys were very happy to build their first-ever model kits.  Most are still afraid to start painting their kits, but I do have a few daredevils who are "all in" on building and painting.

I have one 8th grader who asked for permission to take home a kit to teach his little brother how to build models over the summer!!  That was such sweet music to hear!! In only a matter of 3 weeks, our club has 'weened' about ten cadets off the Fortnite addiction!!

I took some pictures of the club in action and will try to post some of them here, as soon as I can figure out how to post them.

Thanks again for your generosity and support of these young cadets! They are having a blast!!

Dave W.

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by keavdog on Thursday, May 02, 2019 9:38 PM

Happy to help Dave.  Thanks for taking an interest in these kids and our hobby.  

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 3:51 PM

Keavdog!!  Thanks so much!

I was able to break away at lunch break and sign for the box of models you so kindly sent last Thursday.  On Friday, my avid 8th grader stopped by and picked out the A37 Dragonfly.  He reminded me of myself as a kid as he carefully inspected each of the kits and asked questions as he went along.  You sent some real gems that I had built as a kid and I was able to offer a little advice.  He was stoked, to say the least.

He completed that over the weekend, and was really happy with it. I haven't seen his work yet on the Tweet, but hope to see it soon. I had hoped to have an open build day on Friday afternoon, but found out that the faculty has a mandatory luncheon with our Board of Trustees...So, I had to scrub that....Embarrassed  Julian, my 8th grader, shot me a quick email after he got the bad news and asked me to sit aside one of the Skipjack subs for him and that he would pick it up on his break, Wednesday morning. Big Smile

Thank you so much for the kits!! The kids are really excited and interested in modeling.  I hope to have a dedicated build session soon to capture some of the kits and also to start teaching this guys how to paint up a kit.  Wish me luck!!

Dave 

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:34 PM
Hey Jay Jay, Just wanted to let you know that your package arrived safe and sound today here in Virginia. One of the kids that I coach knew what was in the package and begged me to open it up. Pretty soon we had a small crowd gathered around. It was good to see kids excited about something other than video games. We are still organizing as a club and can you believe that some kids have never seen a model?? Crazy!! We will hopefully have our first build some time after Easter when they get back to school. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again, Dave

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:58 PM

Wow...great stories there from both units, I'm sure.  Thanks for your service, and welcome home, Soldier!  Thanks for your service, sir!!

 

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, April 15, 2019 10:04 AM

Oh wow John, great set of kits man. Good on ya mate.

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Posted by GlennH on Monday, April 15, 2019 9:40 AM

Tal Afar Dave

Hey GlennH,

Checked out your Flickr link; wow!!  what a great collection of Vietnam photographs.  Were you by any chance assigned to the 320th Field Artillery with the 101st Airborne?  Saw the 'Screaming Eagles' patch and had to ask!  Thanks for sharing the link!!

Respectfully,

Dave W.

 

Thanks. So many to scan still. After the 1st Inf began sutting down I was sent to 101st with 2/11 arty. bastogne, birmingham, veghle, rakkasan..

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:09 PM

Hey GlennH,

Checked out your Flickr link; wow!!  what a great collection of Vietnam photographs.  Were you by any chance assigned to the 320th Field Artillery with the 101st Airborne?  Saw the 'Screaming Eagles' patch and had to ask!  Thanks for sharing the link!!

Respectfully,

Dave W.

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, April 14, 2019 4:17 PM
Can't help. My last addiction was Tetris on cathode ray TV.

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, April 12, 2019 8:54 PM

Dave - send me the address again and I'll ship tomorrow.

Thanks,

John

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:32 PM

Thanks Keavdog!

I sent you a PM (I think Confused.  Thanks for the consideration!

 

Dave

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:19 PM

OMG!!! My thoughts exactly!!  Goofy kids!!

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Posted by keavdog on Sunday, April 07, 2019 10:47 PM

Here's what I have for you.  Let me know where to send them.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, April 07, 2019 3:26 PM

Tal Afar Dave

Fortnite is an online first-person shooter game that is very popular with adolescent boys mostly....I've never played it, but apparently, you parachute or paraglide into an island war zone.  you start off unarmed, or you may have a pickaxe.  You 'upgrade' your kit by killing or maiming other players and taking their gear from them.  The game also has a "pay to play" mode in which you can purchase upgraded weapons, uniforms, character traits, etc.  You can also purchase slick dance moves to perform after your victories..... 

Hmmm, that seems kind of tasteless.  I seem to recall General Patton having said "You don't win battles by dying for your country.  You win by making some other poor son of a XXXXX die for his country" but I don't recall him having said anything about "doing a cool dance move afterwards."

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Posted by TheWaggishAmerican on Sunday, April 07, 2019 3:11 PM

Tal Afar Dave

Fortnite is an online first-person shooter game that is very popular with adolescent boys mostly....I've never played it, but apparently, you parachute or paraglide into an island war zone.  you start off unarmed, or you may have a pickaxe.  You 'upgrade' your kit by killing or maiming other players and taking their gear from them.  The game also has a "pay to play" mode in which you can purchase upgraded weapons, uniforms, character traits, etc.  You can also purchase slick dance moves to perform after your victories.....I think it is totally ridiculous, but the boys are addicted to it and queue up to sign up for time slots in our small computer room.....  Who knows, I may join them one day to see what all the hype is about!Big Smile

 

 

Mostly this, but it's actually a third person shooter. No one can really explain it's popularity- excellent marketing and Youtuber influence, I assume. I'm a Zoomer myself and I've never gotten into it. It's focused more heavily on younger boys- that's where the kinda cartoony style and insane weapons and AIDS dances come from. It's basically just a rip-off of older, better, and more realistic Battle Royale games like PubG. 

 

-TWA 

youtube.com/c/thewaggishamerican

On the Bench- Eduard 1/48 F6F, Trumpeter 1/48 Seafang, Accurate Miniatures 1/48 F3F, Minicraft XF5F, Airfix 1/48 Ju87B, Hobbyboss 1/48 Huey. 

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 11:41 PM

I'm sure I have a couple kits to donate.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Mopar Madness on Wednesday, April 03, 2019 9:34 PM

What a great idea. I would also post this in the general modeling discussion forum to see if you can get more traffic.

Chad

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Monday, April 01, 2019 9:58 AM

Fortnite is an online first-person shooter game that is very popular with adolescent boys mostly....I've never played it, but apparently, you parachute or paraglide into an island war zone.  you start off unarmed, or you may have a pickaxe.  You 'upgrade' your kit by killing or maiming other players and taking their gear from them.  The game also has a "pay to play" mode in which you can purchase upgraded weapons, uniforms, character traits, etc.  You can also purchase slick dance moves to perform after your victories.....I think it is totally ridiculous, but the boys are addicted to it and queue up to sign up for time slots in our small computer room.....  Who knows, I may join them one day to see what all the hype is about!Big Smile

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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Posted by Tickmagnet on Monday, April 01, 2019 9:06 AM

Great idea you have sorry I have no stash, but I am curious to know, what in the world this "Fortnite" thing is that people apparently are addicted to.

 

 

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Posted by PFJN on Sunday, March 31, 2019 8:10 PM

Hi,

I culled my stach awhile ago, but I'll take a look to see if I have anything I can send along.

Pat

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Help break Fortnite addiction!!!
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, March 31, 2019 7:50 PM

Hello FSM family,

This may be a bit of a strange request, but here we go......

After retiring from the Army and law enforcement, I started my new gig.  In August, I became an English teacher in a private, all male military school that serves young men in grades 7 through 12 and Post Graduate.  Located away from all modern conveniences and distractions, our cadets often find themselves with little to do in the limited free time that they have.  

I am planning to start a model building club with these young men to get them involved in something other than "Fortnite" and other online instant gratification.  Many of our kids can't carry on a conversation with someone in the same room, so I hope to use this club as an opportunity to develop and reinforce rules, communication, social interaction, creativity, and FUN!!

So, if you find yourself overwhelmed with simple, unwanted, or outdated kits and you need to make room for that next batch of "wonder kits" give me a shout....who knows? We may be able to work together to pass along a great hobby to a new generation of modelers.

If anyone has any ideas, pointers, or comments, please let me know...would absolutlely love to hear from you.....

Most respectfully,

Dave W.

2019 New Year's Resolution:  Enter 1 group build and COMPLETE a build this year!!

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