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  • Member since September 2017
  • From Roanoke Virginia
  • 87 contributed posts
About Strongeagle

Good grief.  I've been building plastic models since I was a kid, starting around 1958 when I was ten years old.

I think my first model kit was a Revell USS Franklin D Roosevelt, CV-42.  Testors tube glue and a 4-pak of Pactra 'ship model' paint and I was off to the races.  

I build nearly everything that interests me.

Airplanes: are my favorites, esp 1/72nd scale

Armor: but i sometimes I lose patience with all the parts

Ships: always satisfying

Automobiles:  are the most challenging of all

I was a Regular Army enlisted soldier during the Viet Nam war where I served as a crew chief and gunner on UH-1D slicks with the 25th Infantry Division and later on a UH-1C (rockets and guns) with the 101st Airborne (A Btry 4/77 ARA). I spent 18 months in country and accumulated 1250 combat and combat support flight hours.

I joined the Navy at the age of 33 and retired after 17 years.  I was an Aircraft Maintenance Officer and served with Fighter Squadron Eleven, Fighter Squadron Fourteen, Patrol Squadron Thirty-One, and I was the IM-2 Division officer (airframes and powerplants) on the USS Enterprise CVN-65.  I was on staff at COMNAVAIRLANT and finished my navy career as XO of NAMTRAGRUDET Oceana VA.

I've sailed under the Golden Gate bridge 27 times. I became a Shellback on my first of four extended deployemnts and I've been to every continent except Antartica.

Profile Details
Birthday: July 10, 1948
Location: Roanoke Virginia
Occupation: I was a tax preparer Enrolled Agent for 22 years but am now retired.

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