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New to the community. My main interests are in military aviation.

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  • Member since
    February 2022
New to the community. My main interests are in military aviation.
Posted by LedSled55 on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 11:42 PM

 I served 20 and a half years in the Air Force. I worked in weapons in the beginning, but after 6 years I cross trained over to working first on B-52 G and H models as a Flying Crew Chief, we go with the plane and we fix whatever breaks to keep the plane going on what ever mission it was assigned. Then , after that Base was closed, I went to working on C-5 Cargo planes. I was a flying Crew Chief on the C-5s as well. The C5s at Travis AFB were the A, B and C models. They of course now have the M model. I saw a C-5 model done by Matthew Easton. Which first of all thank you for your service. I spent my last 6 years traveling the world on them and would do it all over again if they'd let me. A lot of plane to fix, but worth it. I enjoyed my 20 plus years. Still remeber all of my tail numbers. While in I also got my pilots license and my A&P license as well. Loved it all, but now I am disabled and can't do those things any longer, busted down to building models and dreaming of the times I had it good.

Still wouldn't have traded it for anything! 

  • Member since
    September 2011
Posted by Tim Kidwell on Thursday, February 24, 2022 8:15 AM

Hi LedSled55,

Thank you for your service, and welcome to the FSM Forum. Lots of model topics to choose from; does your interest lie mainly in aircraft (perhaps that you served on), or maybe custom cars?

Glad to have you here!


Timothy Kidwell
Scale Model Brands
Kalmbach Media


  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, February 24, 2022 8:16 AM

Welcome aboard

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    October 2012
  • From: Mt. Washington, KY
Posted by Geezer on Thursday, February 24, 2022 8:22 AM

Thank you for your service! That sounds like an awesome career in the USAF, too. Have some fun!

Mediocraties - my favorite Greek model builder. 

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    July 2015
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Thursday, February 24, 2022 8:48 AM

LedSled, First, thank you for your years of service to our country.  It's great to hear from someone who worked in a career as long as you did and loved what they did!  I think that you'll enjoy this forum because there are some world class modelers here who will do anything to help another modeler out.  I would also suggest listening to one of the various modeling podcasts that are available out there.  They're informative and great to listen to while working at your modeling workbench.  Finally, I really like the name that you selected for this forum, it brings images of lowrider Mercuries cruising up and down the main drag to my mind.



  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, February 24, 2022 8:50 AM

Welcome aboard!  Always liked the C5 since I got to go aboard one as a boy at an open  house at McClellan AFB back in the 70s.



  • Member since
    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:29 AM

Welcome to the hobby and welcome to the forum, LedSled!  I look forward to seeing your builds.

Best regards,


The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.



  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:39 PM

LedSled, thank you for your service. Welcome to the Forums. Glad to have you aboard.

Started building models in 1946 (6 years old) and never stopped. My favorites are WWI & WWII planes followed by sailing ships. Still learning new things from the members here.

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

PS - Used to drag race in the early '60's and ran against a few great led sleds. Did you own one?



 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

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


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