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  • Member since
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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Help break the Fortnite Addiction!!!!
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Friday, April 05, 2019 6:33 AM

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So, if you find yourself overwhelmed with simple, unwanted, or outdated kits and you need to make room for that next batch of "wonder kits" give me a shout....who knows?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 absolutely 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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Posted by Jay Jay on Friday, April 05, 2019 12:57 PM
I thnk this is a wonderful idea. I will peruse my stash and send some models to you. I'll PM you when I am ready, due to work constraints it will be a few days before I can.

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • Member since
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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Saturday, April 06, 2019 8:22 PM

Thanks Jay Jay, that's awesome!!!

 

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

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  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 8:28 PM

Jay Jay
I thnk this is a wonderful idea. I will peruse my stash and send some models to you. I'll PM you when I am ready, due to work constraints it will be a few days before I can.
 

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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  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:15 AM

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the feed back. One never knows in what condition the packages arrive in these days and I'm glad to hear it was safe.  It's also gratifying to hear that the boys where excited about the models...just like me at the hobby shop lol

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Friday, April 19, 2019 9:03 PM

Hey there Jay Jay,

Most of our cadets left campus today on Easter/Passover leave.  A handful of kids were not able to go home and stayed in barracks.  I'm happy to say that I hooked up a couple of kids with some kits and some scrounged tools and glues so that they could build models over the long weekend.....I'm happy to say that one of the kids sent me an email thanking me for his kit and asking me what the 'possiblity' would be of getting another kit over the weekend.....I had to laugh at the kid's spunk!  He absolutely loved building his first kit.....thanks for making it possible!!

Will have to drop by the classroom tomorrow and let him pick out another one!

Good to see some young boys excited about model building!!

Dave

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

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  • Member since
    August, 2013
Posted by Jay Jay on Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:56 AM

Oh man, that surely is great news. I'm so glad that your "experiment" is working out well and I am glad I could be a small part of it.

Just curious, are you working in a class situation with all the boys working on models together or do they take the models to their dorm rooms for an individual build ? The reason I asked is that I still want to send you the Trumpeter Aircraft carrier and since it is a large model, I thought it might make a cool class project.

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • Member since
    January, 2011
  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Monday, April 22, 2019 6:43 PM

Hey Jay Jay,

Since we are just getting this club off the ground, we are pretty flexible in our meetings and build time.  Easter weekend was a little different for us.  Most of our cadets left campus, but several remained on campus due to financial and long distance travel concerns in getting home for just a weekend.  I had to get special permission for my 8th grader to take models and model making materials into his room.  

As we get established, we will meet at least once a week for a couple of hours as a team, most likely in my classroom, unless we can find a vacant, tiled room with good ventilation.  We'll have to see about that.....I made a request for a dedicated work space where we can secure our work and leave it out

An aircraft carrier sounds like a great team project!!!  Working together, it may help some of my shy, introverted guys become more socially confident.....great idea!!  And as always, thank you so much!!

 

Dave W.

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

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