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    Joseph
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    Rivers
  • IPMS Number
    51314
  • Local Chapter
    IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant
  • City
    Ypsilanti
  • State
    Michigan
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    Male
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    Large scale 1/32 and 1/48 A/C, 1/35 scale armor, HO railroading, East German and Soviet era uniforms.

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  1. INTERNATIONALLY CONNECTED MODELERS GROUP – ICMG ICMG Concept Overview and Program Introduction The Willow Run Bomber Plant (WRBP) IPMS/USA Chapter has developed and is introducing a new IPMS Chapter Outreach Pilot Program called the: “Internationally Connected Modelers Group” (ICMG) We are proud to announce that both IPMS/UK West Suffolk and the Norfolk Scale Model Group are now officially partners in the “Willow Run Bomber Plant – West Suffolk/Norfolk ICMG”. As a new IPMS Chapter, WRBP saw the importance of not only promoting the art and craft of model building, but also the importance of promoting the historical connections that our neighbor, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, had to its role in World War Two. With this idea in mind, WRBP looked for a Real World connection to other modelers in another country that Willow Run, Ford-built, B-24s also historically effected. One of the largest “War Time Consumers” of Willow Run B-24s was the USAAF 8th Air Force, 2nd Air Division, based out of Suffolk and Norfolk Counties in the United Kingdom. WRBP contacted Gary Wenko, the IPMS/UK International Contact Person, about the possibility of our Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter connecting and informally communicating with IPMS UK Branches in areas that had B-24 Liberator bases during WW2. The idea was to have a connected community history, because, in our case, Willow Run built over 8000 B-24s, of which a large number to England. We received very positive interest from two IPMS/UK Branches in England. Both are in the epicenter of Liberator Country – Norfolk (RAF Horsham St Faith) and West Suffolk (RAF Sudbury). Again, our primary goal was to have not only a model connection, but also a real historical connection that our two counties and communities share. The connection that WRBP made is unique to our Chapter, but our reasoning and methodology can serve as a template for other IPMS Chapters to follow. Primary Goals of the ICMG are: 1 Connect IPMS/USA Chapters to IPMS Chapters/Branches in other countries that have a direct historical connection to that particular IPMS/USA Chapter’s historical location or name. These connections could include such things as: famous people same city or regional name civilian and/or military manufacturing industries military training or deployment bases areas of combat action many other types of direct historical connections (or any others we did not think about). The most important part is that both Interconnecting Chapters have something historically in common and can build a connection on that. 2 Create a conduit for the exchange of information thru models, building techniques, personal interactions, and even live history exchanges ( i.e. – WRBP IPMS can’t go to the Imperial War Museum, but a connector in West Suffolk is a volunteer there and take pictures I need for my project. Alternatively, someone in Norfolk is building a USAAF Recon Mossie and needs pictures of the one located at the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio. A WRBP connector can get his/her car and go take some pictures for him at the AF Museum). 3 Build international friendships and relations, with BOTH individual IPMS members and IPMS Chapters, thru the one hobby that truly does not have any borders. See the list of countries below. 4 The key to the working success for this program is that it has to be self-initiated by individual Chapters. IPMS Chapters interested in the ICMG Program know their local roots, history, and historical connections to the World better than anyone does. Interested Chapters would have to find overseas Chapters that they would like to interact with and reach out on their own behalf. The World is the only limit. One obstacle to considered though, is there needs to be considerations for language barriers. If language is a barrier, for that first contact, with other international IPMS chapters, Google Translator can be a great tool to start the process. We are hoping that the framework presented here will provide the opportunity and encouragement for other IPMS Chapters to reach out and connect with International partners in history, as well as our hobby, and build a World Wide lasting “International” Plastic Modeler Society friendship. For more information on the ICMG Pilot Program or if you have questions – Contact Joe Rivers: ICMG Contact at wrbpipms@gmail.com
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  3. I agree with the danger of shelf life. I have old Pactra paint that my Dad bought in the 1960's and it's still usable. The worst paint that I have seen for long term life is Humbrol. I have Model Master's that are 15 years and older that are still good as new. When the stocks dry up... then it's time to move on to something new. I am interested in trying the new True North paint line. Any news about this new line? Joe Rivers
  4. I am putting this information into our Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter newsletter with credit to you. Thank you for this information for those of us that still use Testers enamals. Hopefully my stash lasts me the rest of my lifetime. Joe Rivers President - WRBP IPMS
  5. We have created the new WRBP logo and will present it at the January 2019 WRBP general meeting. The logo is based on an origional 1943 felt patch fron the Willow Run Ford Plant. The origional had "FORD" where we placed "IPMS". The styalized B-24 is for the planes built at Willow Run. The colors Blue and White are those of Ford Motor Company that built the Willow Run Plant and the 8000+ B-24's there. Joe
  6. A 1/32 scale Michigan Air National Guard F-101 and F-106 would be perfect with my 1/32 scale collection!!! Joe Rivers
  7. Our WRBP Membership is proud to announce the establishment of the IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter on December 11th, 2018. Our Chapter is located in Ypsilanti Michigan – home of the Willow Run Bomber Plant and “Rosie the Riveter”. The WRBP Chapter name proudly reflects the history and heritage of Henry Ford’s famous Willow Run Bomber Plant, in Ypsilanti Michigan This plant built over 8000 B-24 Liberators in WW2. General meetings are held at the UAW Local 898 Union Hall located at 8975 Textile Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Meetings are held on the First Thursday of the Month - Next meeting - January 3, 2019 Meeting time is officially from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, E-mail us at wrbpipms@gmail.com Visit us on Facebook at Willow Run Bomber Plant ipms
  8. Our Web Site will be up soon. We will announce once it is up. Joe
  9. Our WRBP Membership is proud to announce the establishment of the IPMS Willow Run Bomber Plant Chapter on December 11th, 2018. Our Chapter is located in Ypsilanti Michigan – home of the Willow Run Bomber Plant and “Rosie the Riveter”. The WRBP Chapter name proudly reflects the history and heritage of Henry Ford’s famous Willow Run Bomber Plant, in Ypsilanti Michigan This plant built over 8000 B-24 Liberators in WW2. General meetings are held at the UAW Local 898 Union Hall located at 8975 Textile Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197. Meetings are held on the First Thursday of the Month - Next meeting - January 3, 2019 Meeting time is officially from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, E-mail us at wrbpipms@gmail.com Visit us on Facebook at Willow Run Bomber Plant ipms
  10. Thank you for the positive responses! This Roden An-12 kit was a "Filling Nightmare! Nothing fit, the for and aft fuselage sections were a 1/16" off from each other! The engine nacelles fit was from another planet. This was one of those kits I built more to show it who was boss then anything. Oh, and the decals, there weren't enough stripes for the whole fuselage on both sides, . I am also a model railroader, so i found some Santa Fe blue locomotive stripes that matched and that saved the day. But, I must agree, that the finished Cub was a very nice looking transport aircraft and it is a real attention getter because of it uniqueness. Joe.
  11. New to the IPMS and I found your post reading through the messages. I tackled the Cub back in 2011. I feel your pain on that beast. Mine sits next to a Canadian CC-130 in UN markings. See pix attached. Joe R
  12. My Dad was stationed at Offutt AFB from 1963 to 1970. As a kid, we would ride the shuttle bus from Capehart Base Housing over to the north end of the flight line near the north gate to Bellevue. This is where all the museum planes were originally parked. We would spend many hours wandering around underneath them out in the open marveling at the size of them. I had the opportunity to stop at the new museum in 2010 and it was wonderful to see all of those A/C now inside and protected for all time. Thank you for the pictures and the reminder. Joe
  13. Thank you for your Welcome! I am looking forward to my renewed participation in the IPMS and working with all the great folks who are part of it throughout the US and Internationally.

    Joe

  14. I have cleaned up my picture galler and put it on Flickr. Please click here to go to "Joe Rivers Build Gallery" . My collection of models built over the years. Single engine aircraft are 1/32 and 1/48 scale. Multi engine are mostly 1/48 and 1/72 with a couple of 1/32 scale thrown in. Military vehicles are mostly 1/35 but there are a couple of 1/48 Japanese in there also. The 1/24th Mosquito Project will be a Canadian Fighter Bomber. Thanks again for the warm welcome! Joe Rivers
  15. Thank you for the welcoming notes from everyone. Please hit this LINK to go to my Google pix gallery for pastures of some of my completed work and the current 1/24 scale Mosquito project I’m working on. Thank you again, Joe Rivers
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