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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 8:24 PM

Some of the games have model tie-ins, like World of Tanks, so it’s not all bad.  There are elementary school kids running around that can tell me what an AMX-13 is!  When a game set up facilitates kids building “their” character or vehicle, it can lead to models.

“Ya ya ya, unicorn papoi!”

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  • From: Commonwealth of Virginia
Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Thursday, July 25, 2019 6:25 AM

I can safely say that at least for my goofy 8th graders, Fortnite is an addiction!  LOL!!  Our club is going to be a pretty flexible and elastic organization.  We have no budget but have given carte blanche to do whatever we want to do as long as no one gets hurt. 

As we are a military school, we do have a semi-competitive rifle team.  We are currently using Crossman air rifles.  We hope to augment the pellet guns with .22 cal competition rifles in the future.  I'll have to gauge interests in other areas when the cadets get back from summer leave to see where and how they want to expand their club.  There are at least a couple of guys interested in radio-controlled aircraft and vehicles.  I'm excited for the kids and look forward to working with them again.

TAD

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Thursday, July 25, 2019 6:32 AM

Real G

Some of the games have model tie-ins, like World of Tanks, so it’s not all bad.  There are elementary school kids running around that can tell me what an AMX-13 is!  When a game set up facilitates kids building “their” character or vehicle, it can lead to models.

 

You are so right, Real G!!  It's amazing how much some of these kids know!!  I have kids in summer school that are history geeks (like me) and we all look forward to getting back to building again this fall!

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Thursday, August 8, 2019 11:48 AM

My 14 yr old son and his friends played Fortnite all the time, played. They chatted on headsets and worked out strategies or goofed off in games or hunted one another.

Sometime during the summer, they just stopped. I don't know the exact reason, but even the boy who begged to be allowed to spend the night so he could play says he no longer plays that game.

My 29 year old so used to play as well, but now ridicules the game.

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Monday, August 12, 2019 1:45 PM

LOL, Rob.  Maybe they've all moved on to the next big thing!?  You'd think with that big game winner, kids would be using that multi-million dollar payout as 'evidence' why they should be allowed to stay immersed in the game.  Kids are fickle!!

 

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Posted by Rob Gronovius on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:26 PM

He's been playing an online version of minecraft with friends. I was very surprised that Eli (the boy who always begged to spend the night) said he didn't play any more. That boy would always play and we would have to kick them off the PS4 when they got too rowdy.

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Thursday, August 15, 2019 5:55 PM

Good insight into the teenage boy's mind.  I will have to keep a close watch on that as my incoming 8th graders report next Thursday for class.  I'm hoping to steer a few of them towards healthier options like model building.  Our kids are back this week early for football, soccer, and leadership training.  I've seen a few of my modelers from last spring and they are happy to be back....such youthful enthusiasm!!!

THanks for the intel heads up!

Dave 

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, October 6, 2019 3:52 PM

  " alt="" />Blue Devil Modelers Club

We just started meeting as a club 2 weeks ago.  We have a lot of kids on our sports teams who try to drop by after practice for an hour or so.  So far, it looks like we have ten to 15 cadets actively building.  Here's a shot of Julian and Walker working on their latest projects.  Julian is building a post-apocolyptic zombie hunting former police cruiser.  The kit is based on the Lindberg Ford Crown Victoria 'curb side' snap together kit.  He has added some detail paintwork and is fabricating a zombie crushing push bumber from sprue.  Walker is working on an old Italeri or Esci? Fiesler Storke courier plane.  After a few false starts, he's got the fuselage closed up and doing a little initial painting.

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Sunday, October 6, 2019 3:55 PM

Great pic Dave!

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:01 PM

  " alt="" />Julian's zombie hunter cruiser

Julian's zombie killer, complete with zombie goo and blood!  There are also a few cracked windows and windshield from high speed zombie 'impacts.'

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:08 PM

  " alt="F111 proof of life" />

The F111 was claimed last week by Matthew.  Despite directing him to an easier kit without variable-geometry wings, Matt opted for the Aardvark because it looked "cool."  I hope he doesn't get in too deep!!! LOL!

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:13 PM

  " alt="What do I do next?" />

Here Christian is contemplating his next move on the 1/700th scale Trumpeter USS North Carolina that his mom sent to him.  Chris is a great building with all the small parts.  Working to help him with his painting skills....(Keep your fingers crossed and pray for me; I haven't built or painted a ship in over 25 years!)  Matt is looking on, determining what to do first on the F111.  Life of a Blue Devil Modeler is good!!

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:16 PM

Here's Christian's USS North Carolina so far....some dark sea blue on the topsides from a Testors MM rattlecan....(Thanks Hobby Lobby for marking down your paints once in a while!!!)  Chris is learning to 'drybrush' for the first time.  He completed the nameplate with a drybrushing of gold.  I think he did pretty good.  What do you think?  " alt="" />

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:29 PM

Thanks, John.  I didn't get a chance to post pictures earlier in the spring when the kits came in.  The boys were excited on un-boxing day and I was happy to see their genuine happiness and excitement.  Unfortunately, I upgraded my phone that weekend and lost the initial pictures.  The phone guy said "I transfered everything from your old phone onto your new phone."  "Everything?" says I......."Yes sir, everthing."  I get home and check my data and I'm missing all the pictures I took within 2 months of the phone swap.  Ugghhh!!  Hated losing those pictures; these kids so seldom smile!!

 

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Posted by Tal Afar Dave on Sunday, October 6, 2019 4:31 PM

Kids are fickle and change their minds and likes as quickly as they change their socks!!Big Smile

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