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Bobstamp

  • Member since July, 2019
  • From Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1 contributed posts
About Bobstamp

My primary hobbies is philately, concentrating on postal history (old envelopes, which because of their stamps, postal markings, labels, sender and recipient, and time period can be fascinating and useful historical documents).For several years I was heavily involved in the British Columbia Philatelic Society. I'm here at the FineScale discussion board by way of an aircraft accident in 1962, when I was 19.

I was a passenger in a U.S. Forest Service T-34 Mentor Bird Dog plane that was sent to check out a fire in southwestern New Mexico's Black Range mountains. We flew past the fire twice; a single tree was burning. Moments after the second pass, the pilot attempted to climb to the left over the nearby ridge; we were only a hundred feet or so above the ground. The plane apparently stalled and plunged into the forest, leading to a dramatic rescue by volunteer smokejumpers and evacuation by helicopter. You can read all about it at http://www.ephemeraltreasures.net/crash-part-1.html.   

I recently decided to build a 1/48 scale plastic model of the T-34. The only kit I could find locally was a USAF or Japanese Air Force T-34A by Minicraft. My crash plane was a T-34B, a former Navy trainer. The T-34A kit is supposed to be finished as an unpainted aluminum aircraft, whereas "my" crash plane was bright yellow. 

I built at least a dozen models of planes, cars, and ships as a teenager, but discovered girls, which ended model making! I also ended up in Vietnam as a Marine Corps hospital corpsman. Less than four years after my plane crash, I was seriously wounded in an ambush by a combined unit of Main Force Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army. I had emergency surgery on the U.S.S. Repose hospital ship (now there's a model I'd like to have!) and was evacuated to San Diego by way of Da Nang, Clark AFB in the Philippines, and Travis AFB near San Francisco. I tell my war stories at http://www.ephemeraltreasures.net/37-days-in-vietnam.html.

I've had a varied career in journalism, teaching, and photography, and now with lots of time in retirement I've returned to stamp collecting and apparently to model building. 

I live in Vancouver with my wife of nearly 53 years, near our son, who is a massage therapist.

Profile Details
Birthday: January 14, 1943
Blog: n/a
Email: b.ingraham@me.com
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Hobbies: Stamp collecting, model building, photography
Language: English
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation: Retired teacher, photographer, journalist
Public Email: b.ingraham@me.com
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Website: http://www.ephemeraltreasures.net

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