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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Taking the Collection to Town! Update
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11:16 AM

I'm not quite sure what I've gotten myself into but it's too late now. I've committed to putting most of my model collection on display at our local Library for the month of February. Their monthly shows are varied for any culture, art, collections and exhibits. The area is four glass cases of two sizes. Two 9''H x 30"W x 60"L flat cases and two vertical 65"H x 32"W x 15"D with shelving. There is also an optional window case to the outside entrance. Sadly the 1/72 B-52 and B-36 won't fit in any of the cases. Maybe they can be hung or incorperated in the window display. Lots of measuring and work to do. Tags and graphics are being done by my sweet wife who often humors me.

That's the plan. Stay tuned for further adventures, story and pictures. Wish me luck!

Max

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Posted by scottrc on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:23 PM

Cool Max,

I'll try to get over to see it, I will be in town for some dental appointments in February.

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:43 PM

Hey Scott, Keep me posted. Maybe free lunch and guided tour!

Max

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 2:02 PM
Congrats,a nice honour

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:23 PM
That's cool. Maybe it will inspire a new modeler

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:49 PM

tempestjohnny
That's cool. Maybe it will inspire a new modeler
 

That's the plan!

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Posted by Chemteacher on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6:16 PM
That’s great. Our local library does this as well. They’ve had train collections, folk art, and a local fella scratch builds tugboats and fishing trawlers out of wood and other items. Pretty neat.

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Posted by SprueOne on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:29 PM

That's a great idea, Max. YesIdea I'll check back here for pictures.

Maybe the B-52 and B-36 can be hung nose down (or up) to fit in the window display or is that what you already had in mind?

example: https://www.realbutterflygifts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/insect_collection.jpg

 

 

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Posted by Toshi on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:44 PM

Congratulations on a most prestigious showing!

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:46 PM

Sounds like a very cool thing.

Congrats and have fun with it, Max.

-Greg

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Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 10:42 PM

Hodakamax

 

 
tempestjohnny
That's cool. Maybe it will inspire a new modeler
 

 

 

That's the plan!

 

Hopefully, it'll inspire a few.  

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, January 18, 2018 7:31 AM

I did the display years ago but only had one 28" x 59" flat case. The first thing I noticed was kids with their nose on the glass. Even big kids like me. Since it was a Library, Aircraft history books were entermingled to suggest that visitors could read even more.

This time I think I'll use one of the smaller cases to show about modelling with an unassembled and a finished specimen. I do have a boxed and finished 1/48  F-104 that might work. Still thinking on this but looks good to go.

Today I'm headed to the Library to try and figure out how to hang the B-36 and B-52, the awesome ones to kids like you and I. I visualize them hanging just out of reach above to two flat cases which at this point anchoring is unknown. We'll see.

Max

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Posted by fox on Thursday, January 18, 2018 12:12 PM

Congrats Max!Toast Great project.

I got drafted last year for one of those art shows at a local grade school. I didn't want to do it but the little girl across the road talked me into it. Ended up having all the kids hanging out near my tables so they could watch me do a little work on an Opel Blitz truck. They also loved the stories behind some of the builds. Their favorite was the "White Rose of Stalingrad" 1/72 Mig 3. A week later the little girl gave me a large manila envelope with all kinds of thank you notes from the kids. Some of them had drawings of their favorite models. Also got a leter from the school thanking me for doing the show and asked to have me back this year. The little bit of work to do it is really worth it. Might make some new friends and meet fellow modelbuilders.

Jim  Captain

 

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

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Posted by Hodakamax on Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:29 PM

Thanks Jim. You've mentioned all the great reasons for civic duty, the main one being exposing and influencing the young people who replace us. Cool that you've done your part and reaped your rewards of actually influencing the future. 

Max

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Posted by fox on Thursday, January 18, 2018 10:40 PM

It spreads too. That same little girl talked her mother into getting me to teach her girl scout troup of 8 yr. olds how to build models. Her mom is the scout leader. I've got the models and equipment ready to go but I'm waiting for her to tell me where and when. 

Jim  Captain

Photobucket Main WIP: Rebuild of Monogram 1/8 "Big Deuce" with 1/8 Pocher V-12 in rear - 10%

   On the Bench:   Revell 1/48 Ju 52/3m - 50%;  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 20% 

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

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:22 AM

Yikes, the  February 5 display date is approaching! What have I gotten myself into? I've looked, measured and scouted the four cases and surroundings at the Library several times. All the cases have sliding glass doors which are less than half the size of the side. The B-52, if used, will have to hang from above. I need to have all the positions of the models figured out before I go as I need to poke them in the case openings one at a time. No sympathy huh. lol.

That's the report for now. Today I'll set up some saw horses and plywood in the garage and actually position the set up for each case. I can then photograph the mock-up and be prepared when I set up the real thing. This feeding models in through a small hole is awkward at best. I shall overcome!

Max

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Posted by roony on Monday, January 29, 2018 11:54 AM

I'm sure the results will be worth the pain.  One suggestion, if you haven't already thought of it, is that there should be a label, identifying what the model is of.

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:21 PM

roony

I'm sure the results will be worth the pain.  One suggestion, if you haven't already thought of it, is that there should be a label, identifying what the model is of.

 

Yep, I have my graphic artist wife working as we speak!

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:43 PM

I look forward to visiting it hopefully sometime around the 13th.

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Posted by patrick206 on Monday, January 29, 2018 2:04 PM

That's great, Max, a very nice thing to do for your community. Once some of the kids, (and their Dad's,) have seen this display, I'll bet it will spark some interest in trying the hobby.

Good for you.

Patrick

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Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:09 AM

Just keeping you informed of the ever changing plan. I don't want to arrive with 30 models and juggle them around in a public place. I've mocked up the case sizes in the garage and somewhat planned the placement. Each model will have a brief description card to hopefully add interest to the display. These pictures ought to make things work smoother.

I've discovered a motion sensor above the cases which halts any ideas of hanging things from the ceiling. Bummer. I had envisioned the big B-52 shadowing all of this. There's still plenty to see in the display area and the idea of hanging B-52s and B-36s wasn't all that appealing.

My graphic artist wife is printing the last display cards as we speak. I'll keep you posted on the somewhat daunting, but fun, endeavor!

Max

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Posted by roony on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:03 PM

I hope you'll be able to post some pictures of the display.  Our club keeps a display in the LHS and a Canadian Tire Store.  The displays are rotated (some what) monthly.  The owners of the stores say that they are much viewed.

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Posted by Hodakamax on Sunday, February 04, 2018 12:30 PM

Things are falling into place for the Parsons Public Library model display. Yesterday the wife and I hung the big B-36 and B-52 in a outside facing display window and today I'm mocking up the last of the flat cases. Everthing feeds in the 30'' x 60" x 8" case through a 28' x 8" side panel. If you don't have it planned before you get there, you'll be in trouble. At least I'll be semi-prepared. We'll see I guess.

My sweet graphic artist wife has been instrumental in tagging and info type. I owe her!

Report!

Max

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Posted by scottrc on Monday, February 05, 2018 7:58 AM

I'ts looking like a swell display Max, I look forward to seeing it.

Scott

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, February 05, 2018 9:30 AM

Hey thanks Scott! Today is transfer day to the Library. The mock-ups in the garage have been photographed for reference and packed for transport. It's darn cold outside but we should be operational tomorrow. Only one pitot tube knocked of so far but I do have the repair kit on board! LOL.

Max

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Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, February 05, 2018 8:05 PM

Long day. What was I thinking? On the other hand, anything worth doing is worth doing right. A full day for two of us and the display is ready. Over thirty aircraft with explanations of each. Locals who flew any of these craft were mentioned in the description. The Library people were super help. Kinda fun but a good days work for two. Probably some fine tuning to do but should fool most people. Just kidding, we gave it our best shot. lol. Here's three quick shots as we left tonight. I must say that my wife is a good sport!

Max and Eweleen

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Posted by fermis on Monday, February 05, 2018 8:32 PM

This is pretty neat!

I'll have to check with my local library, and maybe do the same thing. We have the "moving wall" V-nam memorial come through town every year, along with a Huey, selling rides. This all takes place in the field next to the library. I think that would be a great time to do something like this!

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Posted by steve5 on Monday, February 05, 2018 11:40 PM

very nice max , you should be proud .

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Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 8:42 AM

That is a really fine display, Max!  This is the kind of thing I wish I could have seen at my local library when I was a kid.  Like a moth to a flame.  Come to think of it, I would love to see this now, still like a moth to a flame.  Maybe some day I will have enough completed kits to do this.

I am sure this will inspire some folks to pick up the hobby.

Very well done, and kudos to the Mrs.!

Dwayne or Dman or just D.  All comments are welcome on my builds. 

 

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Posted by Hodakamax on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 11:28 AM

Thanks for all the comments Gang! Your support alone has made this endeavor worth the effort!

Max  Geeked

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