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

My primary hobby is, or at least had been, philately. I have concentrated on postal history -- old envelopes, with their stamps, postal markings, labels, addresses, return addresses, and generalprovenancetime can be fascinating and useful historical documents.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   

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

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.

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Birthday: January 14, 1943
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Hobbies: Stamp collecting, model building, photography
Language: English
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation: Retired teacher, photographer, journalist
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