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Taking the Collection to Town. The Flight Home.

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  • Member since
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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 3:56 PM
Congratulations,thats a real honor

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:23 PM

Great set-up Max. Toast to you and the Mrs. for a job well done. 

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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    January, 2006
  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Tuesday, February 06, 2018 9:34 PM

Awesome opportunity to share the greatest hobby interest experience ever recorded in human history. Ok, maybe an exaggeration but true anyway.

The composition layout is complimented by the text graphics.

Well done.

 

 

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Iron Rails 2015 by Wayne Cassell

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, February 07, 2018 8:07 AM

Thanks again Gang! You guys do drive me along. One cool experience so far is that models that hung from high places in the house and office seem to have a new life. Dust removal, re-furb up-date and being seen close-up again is exciting to me at least! The Blackbird and B-47 now can be viewed from inches. Wow! Yikes! I can also see early model builder's flaws that we all start with. Part of model building and the experience I guess. At least they are alive again!

Max

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    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, February 09, 2018 8:57 AM

An ongoing report here. We are chasing down a few typos and are finding more local people who flew these things. A few more props (so to speak) added like my favorite SR-71 hat. We shot the media pictures for an article in the local newspaper to promote the display. My wife is also a writer with a Jounalism degree and good at this stuff. She tutors me in all my ravings. Here's a few more shots, a couple showing the entrance to the Library. I seem to be getting back in control and it's fun again!

Max

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 12, 2018 12:53 PM

This is really neat on so many levels.  Cool models, cool models on display, inspiring young folks, old folks becoming reinvigorated.  Young folks looking forward to accomplishments, old folks looking back to accomplishments.  You working with your wife to accomplish a goal.  You seeing your past models, showing you how far you have come, and at the same time reinvigorating you toward future projects.  There are also, I'm sure, far reaching effects from this display that you may never become aware of, yet can probably be attributed to directly back to this event.  Profound stuff.  Congratulations. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Monday, February 12, 2018 1:23 PM

Wow!! Now that is freekin' neato right there! Way to go Max!!!!!!!!

 

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, February 12, 2018 1:49 PM

Hey Max, I don't know how I missed this thread. This is very cool. Congrats! 

 

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Monday, February 12, 2018 2:52 PM

Wow, thanks Gang! I always think of the thousands of incredible models hidden away. We sometimes see them breifly on our Forum or at shows. I'm an evolving modeler and I get better with time, experience and help from other modelers on our Forum. A master modeler I'm not but the collection does show the history of flight and modeling with 31 aircraft with brief explanations covering a century. Hopefully it will influence someone in some way. It also shows my evolution as well with some good models and not so good ones. It's a good visual refrence representing history and modeling.

The display also made me do something. Planning, mock-up, logistics, research, execution and revealing a hobby of fun, learning, history, problem solving that I have enjoyed and benefited from. I can't think of a minute I've wasted both building and displaying my works. 

Hmm, I still trying to think about the benefits of this endeavor. Wow! Thirty-one aircraft out of our house. I think I might paint the Museum (really just my office). Another plus is models that hung in high or obscure places have been dusted, repaired and re-furbished for a new life. All good, although we'll need a couple of pitot tube repairs from multiple transits. Minor stuff.

Well the hard part is over and I'm calming down to a point of enjoyment and satisfaction.   Thanks again to all of you for your support and input. Encouragement does drive me along! I'm off to paint the Museum. (really just my office).Geeked

Max

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  • From: 37deg 40.13' N 95deg 29.10'W
Posted by scottrc on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:03 PM

Hey Max,

My dentist called and was able to get me in this am, so while waiting, I popped over and saw the exibit.

Its fanstastic, right in the main lobby and well laid out.  One of the staff of the library came over and walked me through the exhibit and was happy to explain some of the aircraft flown by locals, including an AT6 by some dude named Max.  There were a few kids that came over and joined the tour.  

I hope this exhibit will spark more interest in history and for the hobby in our area.

Again, great job Max and kudos to your wife.  You both shown your professions as presenters.

I included a few shots  of the overal exhibit.

Scott

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Posted by dswebb on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:07 PM

Wow, the whole thing is just awesome! So glad they asked you to do it, and so glad you did. I'm sure many people are enjoying it. Thanks for all your hard work on the behalf of our hobby. Good job.

 

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  • From: Somewhere in Ohio...
Posted by DasBeav on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:31 PM

Well done, Max! You and your wife did a fine job. 

 Sooner Born...Buckeye Bred.

 

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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 7:37 PM

Max, Scott, Thanks for sharing the additional photos.

 

 

Anyone with a good car don't need to be justified - Hazel Motes

 

Iron Rails 2015 by Wayne Cassell

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, February 23, 2018 7:58 AM

The "Century of Flight" display at our Public Library is doing quite well thanks to my dear wife and her press releases to local newspapers and the Library Web site. The nice ladies who work at the Library report good traffic on the display. What fun and Wow!!

Max

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Friday, February 23, 2018 8:13 AM

After the last post I see this is all readable. Here's the press release in full. Good job Eweleen!

Max

 

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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Friday, February 23, 2018 11:21 AM

That is very cool.  Congratulations again. Yes

Just keep picking away at it...

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  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Friday, February 23, 2018 12:00 PM

Hey wow congrads Max! And thanks for the photos Scott! Great job all around everyone involved.

My local library isn't that large but they do have a few display cases. I've got to take some books back next weekend so maybe I'll ask them about doing something in the same vein but a smaller scale. 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

fox
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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, February 23, 2018 7:03 PM

Congrats Max Toast for an outstanding display. And another Toast to the Mrs. for a job well done. Togetherness is great.

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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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, February 23, 2018 8:06 PM

Congrats to you on being chosen for such an honor and bravo for putting together such a great display! You pulled it off magnificently!

 

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Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:02 AM

I can't think of a better way to introduce modeling and for that matter the joy of researching , history and reading in general to an otherwise unaware public of our great hobby. You and your wife make an excellent team in highlighting  these subjects as well. I'm sure that you both have touched many lives when viewing your fine display. A great honor for a great model builder.

 

 

 

 

 

 I'm finally retired. Now time I got, money I don't.

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    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Saturday, February 24, 2018 8:16 AM

Thanks for all the comments Gang! Funny, everytime I go in to check or add someting, I imagine myself as a kid opening the Library door and seeing this display. I would have just fritzed out at the time! Hopefully, this will fritz out other young people. Certainly not a bad hobby to introduce kids to. Most certainly an introduction to history. Problem solving is a big part of modeling, all good for young brains. All positive and fun!---still! Geeked

Max

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    April, 2016
  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:40 PM

Eweleen's media blitz continues to amaze me. The first newspaper coverage was from a regional SE Kansas publication. Today our city newspaper gave us a half page write-up with three color pictures. The Library still reports good traffic particularly from nearby towns due to the regional coverage. A radio station in an adjoining county interviewed our local Librarian and it was broadcast in the local area. The perfect storm!

Years ago I built a Skyray F4D for a good friend, pilot and hero from the past. Today he brought it to me to add it to the display for the duration. The Skyray is marked with his numbers as he flew it. I'll feature some photos of it after the show. Another childhood hero flew the F-84 shown below. He even tossed a dummy nuke as shown on the model!

Max

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  • From: Corpus Christi, Tx
Posted by mustang1989 on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 2:21 PM

Man you can't beat that Max!! Way to go podna!!! Cowboy

 

Being really stupid IS "the new smart"!!

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Posted by patrick206 on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 4:14 PM

Hi, Max -

This whole display effort, is among the most significant contributions to the model building hobby I have seen. No one can ever know how many kids and adults will be inspired enough to try the hobby, then get started on a life long enjoyment. 

Your time and effort may well have introduced someone to the activity, that might never have considered it before. Really nice of you Max, thank you very much.

Patrick

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:05 PM

Patrick! It's just me being me. I'm humbled by your support. What fun it has been freeing  the models from my office where you have to drag people in to see them. Finally they are free for a small period of time to hopefully demonstrate model building, History (a big one) and hopefully setting goals for others while having fun. I'm trying in my mind to pin down what model building is all about. To me, problem solving is one of the draws. When we apply ourselves it can be rewarding and improve self esteem, all good for young people. Us old people can also set goals with a model and fill otherwise down time with a challenging project. Sharing the experience has always been the problem and exposure is limited. This display has been fullfilling, I guess is the word, to show why we do this. Works of art at least to us, always a test of our skills, disappointments when we don't meet our expectations but always a learning experience. Thanks for your following and support! Geeked  A good experience is happening!

Max

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  • From: Florida-West Central
Posted by Eagle90 on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:58 AM

Wow!  What a great honor, and you are promoting the hobby!  How awesome is that.  FSM should do an article on you for this!  Congrats!  It is awesome!

 

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 1:55 PM

How do you transport 32 aircraft, a Space Shuttle and one tank? Answer: A Jeep Grand Cherokee, carefully, two trips. Whew, the show is over and was quite successful according to the head Librarian. Thanks to my wife Eweleen's media blitz, turnout far exceeded our expectations. The Library staff reported many people from surrounding communities fifty miles or more. One mistake was not providing a guest sign-in book to see actual numbers, something to consider for anyone else who tries this. Lotta work, but fun and rewarding. Several times during the month people would come up to us in the local restaurant that we frequent and comment on seeing the show and how they enjoyed it. 

Now that all craft have successfully returned to base I can post a damage report due to my clunking around. Report: Two pitot tubes broken, one antennae bent and a landing gear door knocked loose. All very minor for such a mass deployment and quite repairable!

That's the report, I think I'll go set in the Great chair with a beer and contemplate all of this great adventure!

Maxie Geeked

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 2:10 PM

Congratulations on the successful display.  I can't help but wonder how many people who viewed your excellent collection were inspired to give model building a go.

That was a huge undertaking, but defintiely worth the effort.  They definitely picked the right guy.  Your collection is amazing.

Well done!!

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

 

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  • From: Parsons Kansas
Posted by Hodakamax on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 2:41 PM

Thanks Dwayne! Hey, don't look too close, particularly on the decades old ones! 

Maxie

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Posted by patrick206 on Wednesday, March 07, 2018 3:30 PM

Hodakamax

Patrick! It's just me being me. I'm humbled by your support. What fun it has been freeing  the models from my office where you have to drag people in to see them. Finally they are free for a small period of time to hopefully demonstrate model building, History (a big one) and hopefully setting goals for others while having fun. I'm trying in my mind to pin down what model building is all about. To me, problem solving is one of the draws. When we apply ourselves it can be rewarding and improve self esteem, all good for young people. Us old people can also set goals with a model and fill otherwise down time with a challenging project. Sharing the experience has always been the problem and exposure is limited. This display has been fullfilling, I guess is the word, to show why we do this. Works of art at least to us, always a test of our skills, disappointments when we don't meet our expectations but always a learning experience. Thanks for your following and support! Geeked  A good experience is happening!

Max

 

Max, glad you encountered only the minor damage while transporting the display, could have really gone South with more damage. Nice of folks to tell you they enjoyed seeing your work.

I've thought about your remarks, (above,) and what modeling means to you. You hit the points right on. For me, it's mostly about the satisfaction of doing something creative with my hands. I also enjoy problem solving along the way, such as ill fitting bits, warps, sink marks, etc.

For the past nearly 20 years neighborhood kids are drawn to my garage shop, by the noise of the compressor and sounds of airbrushing the models. In summer the garage door is always open, the kid's and sometimes their dad's will stop by to see what's going on, maybe have a question about something. I'm fortunate to have gotten many young ones started, several are now young adults and still at the hobby, often stopping by to say hi.

Some comments from parents about what was of value in getting them started, is doing something challenging, learning to do something complicated, following instructions, and mostly patience. They just see the build project through. More than a few parents have said the kids spend much less time on video games and texting, also do better in school.

The local hobby shop displays their models, which makes them even more proud of the work they accomplished. The hobby shop knows some of them will be customers for the long haul, another good feature.

In Winter I build scale balsa stick and tissue free flight models, the kids enjoy that as well. During the cold and wet months we build several, then either fly them at the local armory, or wait for summer and fly in a large open field. 

Maybe next year you could do another, smaller display, and the library could invite a few other modelers to join in. It looks like the effort you made was really well received and appreciated by the community, who knows where this could all lead. Anyway, you did something really outstanding for your neighbor citizens, I wish I lived closer, I'd take you out for a burger and a brew. Mrs. Max too, she helped a whole bunch.

Thanks, Max.

 

 

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