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  1. - I have been wondering if Dave and Ed were related. I guess this answers that question. I'm one of the lucky guys that is not only still on speaking terms with his brother, but we also live in the same city (and haven't throttled each others necks yet) and go on yearly road trips to places like those Nationals thingies were we get to hang out with all of those other model geeks!

    - So Dave, 2008? I would have pegged you for a seasoned veteran of the Society. No matter. As long as you're enjoying the hobby and I don't say anything to ruin your fun (I've been known to do that occasionally. Sorry), that's what matters. Model on Brother of the Sprue. :smiley20:


    Ken, and others:


    I have no idea if Ed and I could be related, probably not as my dad was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y. and we still live in Southern N.Y. As far as being a seasoned veteran, maybe I am, having been building since the 60s with no letup. Unfortunately my painting skills developed in the later 70s-early 80s. I have a small group of builders down here (5 members) and we call ourselves the Kitbashers Model Car Club. We meet the first Saturday of the month as holidays permit. I am just now starting to learn how to spray paint half way decent, with the airbrush to still be learned. One of our members is around 68 y/o and just learned to airbrush, so theres still hope for this tired old cat, LOLOLOL. I have gotten some awards for my models at Buffcon and the Glen Modeling Experience in Watkins Glen, N.Y. I got two third in 1/72 Aviation for an Air Force OV-10 ( one in Buffcon, one at the Glen) and a third forfor an AMT/Ertl 68-70 Nova. I did that as a modified box stock. Well thats enough about my models. :smiley16::smiley16:

  2. Dave must come from the rich branch of the Wahl family tree (or are those the Wahls that make and sell clippers?). Me, well ...... :(


    Ed Wahl


    Don't I wish!!! I'm so poor that I can't even pay attention!! ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, but no cigar. :smiley19::smiley19::smiley19:

  3. Well, I guess I'll throw myself into the mix. My name is Dave Wahl, I'm soon to be 56 y/o (Aug. 11) and married to a woman who TOTALLY supports my insanity. In fact, when we were dating, Her Father gave me some space in his workbench so I would have a place to build while I was visiting his Daughter. We have two Daughters ourselves, Christina, who is married herself and has given me two beautiful Granddaughters, and Danielle, who is not looking for marriage yet.


    I started model building way back around 1962, when my dad got me an AMT 62 Imperial, which I built bone stock with no paint. That really got me going. I built a lot of Aurora, Lindberg, and Monogram 1/32 scale cheapies, But always liked the 1/25 scale 3-in-1 cars.


    Fast forward several years. I joined the Air Force in 1971 after Graduation from High School and Built a rather nice collection while I was in, but got rid of most of it when I got out. A few years later, I met my wife to be, and I had a fair sized collection by that time. Moving has damaged more than a fair share of my kits that were finished, but I still have a good amount to still be built.


    My main focus is 1/24-25 cars and pickups, but I also build 1/72 scale armor and aircraft, with a few 1/35 armor and a few 1/48 aircraft thrown in that people have given me. I also have a 1/72 PT 109, a Revell Destroyer USS Wardthat is going to be redone to look like my father-n-laws ship in WWII. He was on an old WWI era Flush Deck ship and the ward is actually is an older ship than his, but it is shown with a wooden deck and I have been informed that they had iron deck plates. I have pictures of dads ship from the 30's so I have some period shots to go by.


    I joined IPMS in June of 2008 when I finally got the $$$ and the go ahead by the wife to do it. I had been thinking about it for quite a while but couldn't swing it. Boy, all I can say is I was dumb for waiting so long. You people are fantastic, and I am looking for many years in the club. Thanks for letting me join in the fun. Have fun at the Convention next month. :smiley20::smiley20::smiley20:

  4. At least I'm calling them done. Anything further I could do would most likely be beyond me. I'm satisfied with these.



    This first one is my 1/72 scale Roden SdKfz 234 8-Rad armored car. This is in Afrika Korps markings. This is also my Secret Santa gift from last year on the LEM.





    Nice looking 8 Rad and Artillery. They both turned out mice. :smiley20::smiley20:







    I know you noticed the wheels in back. The suspension on this little model articulates. When it does, sometimes it gets stuck in the fenders. That's what happened here. It was late at night and I was tired when I took these pics so that is the way these pics will stay for now. I may shoot better ones later.



    Meanwhile, on to the next model. This is my 1/72 scale Italeri Italian 90mm gun with crew (or 'servants' as it says on the box!)


    I did a clearcoat on the troops with a brush, then when they were dry, I hit the troops with a dark wash. Then, I dullcoated them. Afterward, I drybrushed the uniforms with a light tan.


    The troops are still a little wet from the final dullcoat in these pics, but they are done:






    Again, it was late and I wanted to shoot these models and get them posted for your perusal.


    Thanks all for looking, comments are welcome.

  5. Now on for more progress on my Armor.... or should I say Artillery?



    Here are the pics of ACE's little gems. Now I have them painted and it looks as though I'll be finishing these up in no time.


    This one is ACE's M-101 105mm artillery piece:

    Mark "Iron Duke"


    I just finished looking at your finished artillery and I must say, you have quite a building talent. I got some new glasses but have another vision problem. Hopefully the VA in Buffalo will have some treatments that will keep me going till I finish my 1/72 armor. I have some car models that I'm working on that is keeping my mind going for now, but the armor is going to be worked on soon. I'm afraid that Columbus is going to be a wash out due to finances. We'll have to get together somehow and rattle some notes around about small armor. Have fun in Columbus and take lots of pictures of small scale armor. I would like to see more than just the few shown in the Journal, ya know. Anyway, take care and have a ball. :smiley20:





    Now for a bit more modern piece. This is ACE's M102 105mm lightweight gun:






    Both of these were painted with Tamiya Olive Drab in a spraycan that I had left over. Thought I'd just try and finish that can off. I still have some.


    Next is Italeri's "90/53 gun and Servants" ( Love that title! :D ) I got it all painted up in WWII Italian camo green by Polly Scale. Neat little model even though it's all semi-soft plastic:






    I had also started a German gun but hadn't gotten enough progress done to justify pics. Next post.


    Well, that's about all I have to show for now. Maybe I'll have more finished by tonight. Meanwhile, comments are welcome. Thanks all for looking....

  6. I have 4 cars on the bench in various stages of build. I have a Johan 63 Plymouth Fury, which is going into primer when the rain stops, an AMT/Ertl 63 Chevy Impala that needs to get some putty on the roof to take care of a couple of divits made by my over-zealous self when I first built it, an AMT/Ertl 65 Chevelle wagon in primer ready to be painted. Going with a tu-tone White over Pacific Blue and making it a surf wagon, and an AMT/Ertl 32 Ford Coupe that will be Hot Roded. When I get the chance, I will try to get pix. :smiley20::smiley17::smiley20:

  7. Built many of these kits back in the mid 70's but they were broken up in one of our moves.

    I have one of the reissued S'cool Buses from 2003 but just could never bring myself to shell out the ebay prices for the others.

    Now I will be able to get Rommel's Rod and Tijuana Taxi and just heard that they are also backdating the Hangman kit back to the Dragon Wagon (though may rename it Circus Wagon). So, the 3 I have been waiting for will be back out this year (or next).

    I can't wait to redo these and do them right this time.


    Certain ones will catch my eye, others I could really care less about. The TJ Taxi was used in a scratch built project in Scale Auto a while back and I thought it was a neat starting point. We shall see. :smiley20:

  8. Hey all, I managed to get four models finished by the end of May. Here they are in no particular order:


    From the Braille Scale Group Build on the LEM, we have the PST 1/72 scale GMC CCKW tractor trailer truck:






    From the Kursk Group Build on the LEM, which I didn't finish in time; here is my Dragon 1/72 scale T-34/76 1941 with cast turret, sans one hatch. If I find it I'll install it. Otherwise, I'm calling this one done for now:








    And finally, from ACE, this is my 1/72 scale Russian 122mm A-19 Artillery piece:






    And finally I also have my Morser Karl and munitionspanzer finished.



    This is Hasegawa's 1/72 scale 54cm Morser Karl with munitionspanzer done up as Loki.


    First, Loki himself:






    Here's the accompanying munitionspanzer:








    Finally, here are the two together:









    I'm glad to finally get those beasts done! Thanks all for looking, comments are welcome.


    "Iron Duke"


    Those are all some neat looking braille scale models. That Karl Morser and "Loki" Munitionpanzer are awesome!! I still want to try to get to the convention, if I can come up with the bucks to do so. If I can, we definatelyneed to hook up to talk small scale. :smiley14::smiley20:

  9. I'm working on the Historic Plastic Models (rough kit) of the Pz. I Ausf. A "Modificado" and have a question about the I A. On the right side of the hull up fron is a pipe or tube the runs from the glasics plate to just aft of the superstructer. The kit has a screen type of detail on it. Might anyone out there know if this was a tube open at the end above the right fender, or just what it is?




    I know they don't have anything on the PzIa, but for anything else Military go to www.primeportal.net. They have all kinds of different armor, aircraft, weapons, tools and vehicles as walkarounds. Give the site a try. :smiley20::smiley20:

  10. The first time I had MREs was at Minot in about 1984 during a attack exercise.

    At least with the "C" rats you could use the cans as an alarm system with rocks and tripwire, stick the lid in the ground with the edge up, and so on.

    Well, at least the newer ones have a few condiments added to the packet. Things like hot sauce and such can add a little something to the blandness of the MRE. Still a lot better than "Pork Patties" or "Beef Patties". Either one, heated or otherwise, could be used as paving or as hockey pucks. ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!!! :smiley24::smiley24: I'd much rather have something cold from the mess hall than those.

  11. LOL! Thanks Dave! I may even adopt that name somehow. I do hope your eyes start working right enough for you to start again too. I love seeing your work!


    I didn't post my finished Stryker? Wow, I didn't know that! I'm sorry. Here are the pics for those who haven't seen it:


    These were taken on my workbench when I finished it. The quality may not be the best:













    And here are a couple pics taken after my Third Place win at the Pasadena Model Show:







    There you go Dave, I'm sorry I didn't post these earlier!

    Iron Duke:


    I think you have me confused with another Dave, cause I haven't been able to post except on one of my web groups. Two years ago, at our local show, Buffcon, I entered a 1/72 scale Kubelwagen in the small scale Armor category and got a second place medal.I'm not sure how to post pix on this site but I'm on the photo section in the Military-Aircraft yahoo web group under "Dave Models" That Stryker is amazing. Very nice work. :smiley20::smiley20::smiley20:

  12. Duke:


    I just got finished looking at all of your fantastic looking Armor pieces. You are just the Man. Those pieces are nice. I didn't see any pix of the finished Stryer though. What happened there?I like how everything else is turning out though. I am hoping that I can get my eyes working right so I can get back to my armor projects. Again, nice job "Iron Duke" :smiley20::smiley20::smiley20:

  13. You should have seen it when they cut off our food supplies from the water port. It got to the point where I was feeling sorry for food service and what they were puting up with from the "customers". They had to resort to issuing "C" rats on plates and powdered milk. It was all they had left. Wonderful, round meals on plates with rings on them from the cans. At lest we knew which ones not to take. Learned that from AZR.

    ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, you could have them or MREs. They aren't too bad, since some of them are freeze dried. They now give out little containers of Hot sauce to go with them to make them more palateable. The freeze dried fruits aren't half bad eaten plain, without water. Kinda like having the fruit and cereal in the AM. :smiley20::smiley20:

  14. What I found out after I returned to the states and was assigned to the 436th at Dover was an after effect I didn't consider. Since I grew up in Jersey and was stationed in Delaware, I would go home once in a while. My first Thanksgiving back I went home because I was scheduled to work over Christmas. When it was time to eat I discovered that somehow after a year of turkey in those box nasties, I couldn't eat the stuff for a couple years. My mother was a bit surprised but I got the feeling that my father expected something like that would happen. Fortunately we also had ham that year.

    Well, I would expect that there would be some complications setting in after the constant "Box Nasties". I think my system would have decided not to try anything palatable for a while, ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!! :smiley12::smiley12:

  15. At U-Tapao I came up with a system for box lunches. When they arrived I would take the milk cartons and put them in my water container and wait. Eventually the food(?) would get to C.S.C. and they would eat it. Everyday they would come over the radio and tell up what was and wasn't safe to eat. Usually the strange asting milk was bad because it sat in teh sun for hours at the kitchen on top of the hill behind me after it was trucked in from the deep water port. The mystery meat remained that, and what you were usually left with was a turkey sandwich, a piece of candy, and a hopefully hard boiled egg. One time I took the egg and went to crack it against the handle of my GAU and found that it was only partly boiled if at all. It ran all the way down and dried off the flash suppressor. I had to dump a lot of my water supply on it to get it clean.

    Well, I'm guessing that anything "fresh" at U-T wasn't worth eating anyway. You would have to try to get down what you could, and anything that couldn't spoil were the canned stuff, some of which may have been palateable. I remember guys coming back with horror stories of the dreaded Ham & Limas. We had one that the guys similarly hated, Ham & Eggs. They weren't too awfully bad, but my least favorite was the Pork Patties. They had the reputation of being mini hockey pucks in some kind of mystery gravy that acted and looked like 40 weight oil, and youcould use the patties to re-sole your shoes or re-pave the road, ROTFLMBO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :smiley17::smiley17::smiley17::smiley20:

  16. I don't know. Sometimes it had its moments.Chasing speeders, breaking up fights, responding to alarms and fires. My last working day at Littlerock I was sent to a disturbance in housing to find the first patrol and a husband holding down his topless wife who had gone over the edge and tried to stab him with a garden steak.

    Have youiwver noticed that you could get a table at the dining hall and noone would sit there except other cops? The only time someone else did was at Lorning and just as we started to eat we got a call about a possible bomg=b in base housing and had to leave. You loose a lot of meals in the cops, but you also learn how to eat anything while you drive. Anything except soup and salad that is. It just doesn't seem to work.


    Did your vehicles carry fire extinguishers? One of our trucks had the thing bolted to the passenger floor and when I got a call to respond and back up another patrol, I left the ticket I was writing at the NCO club, headed for the main road and slowed down for the light and turn. As I stopped, it broke loose, rolled across the floor and went off. I was going through the intersection by that time and pulled over and it fired again. I got aou and a cloud of grey powder followed me. Someone comming from the other way stopped and asked if I needed an extinguisher. I looked at my now grey uniform and said "No thanks, I've got one."When the response, and the laughter was over, I went by the clinic E.R. to see what the effects of breathing that stuff might be.

    Yeah, our cars and trucks all had extinguishers in them, but not quite as loose as yours obviously were. I guess the LE guys had it a bit harder than us "Ground Pounder" types as far as getting meals down. O do remember one time, when I got a mission out to the field and drew a box lunch and drew an extra "In Flight "meal (Kinda like the older MCI meals) that had a can of fruit juice in it. I took the juice can out and took a big gulp. Well, I almost puked getting it out. I looked at the can and noticed that it was packeged in 1949!!!!! Everything else was edible, but not that stuff. Needless to say, I check every juice I got from then on. I don't seem to remember the wreckage of a BUFF on the upper pad, course missle people didn't see any Flightline duty. If you find them, I'd like to see tose pix. :smiley20::smiley12:

  17. Remember the wreckage of the B-52 that was above the alert pad? I've got some shots on a disc that I'm having trouble accessing. If I can, I'll post them for you.

    While at Ellsworth in 1972 did you notice a decrease in how many "G" models you had on base?


    The two sedans and the six pack were taken at Dover when I was there in 1973. The picture with the two trucks and the LUV were at Littlerock. The one with us behind our vehicles was posed for the papers. The LUV was used on and off the flightline. Mostly, I'm happy to say, off. It came in that baby blue color because Jimmy Carter said that the military was using too much money on vehicles and had to take off the shelf vehicles. When you add in the cost of the special light bars and other things we had to do with them I think it cost more. It took them a while to figure how to carry a shotgun in that thing. Sometimes an M-16 had to be laid down behind the seat or what ever way you could manage, and getting out with w web belt full of ammo, handcuffs, flashlight, and radio took some time.

    Those things were death traps. One of our K-9 guys was working with his dog one night in a LUV and as he was comming down the hill toward the desk, he hit his brakes hard to avoid an accident as his window exploded. It was weeks before it was replaced. It had to be shipped from Japan. That was about the same time that he said no government would operate over 55 MPH.

    Not long after that I was paced by the Arkansas State Police doing somewhere over 100 during a chase off base. He never did tell me how fast, just generally and told me not to ask questions.



    Littlerock was unique in that as long as you were assigned to the 314th SPS, Law Enforcement and Security worked both jobs. One day you could be sitting around in your vehicle watching maint. fix the C-130s and the next day you could be on a gate or base patrol.


    The weird thing about Security Police vehicles is that you never knew exactly what you would drive until it was assigned at guardmount. I have patroled in anything from that LUV up to a 1 1/2 ton steakbed truck. Try and pull somebody over in one of those things with a plug-in beacon on the dash.

    During alerts other squadrons might have to give up a vehicle or two, stepvans normally going to the flightline and their trucks to L.E.


    Police light colors vary from state to state. My home township went to red and blue when I was in high school.

    Thanks for the info on the different bases. I know what you mean about Jimmy Carters energy saving bit. When I joined the National Guard MPs in January of 78, the day before the blizzard in Buffalo, I was at the federal building in Buffalo, which is near the waterfront, with the building air temp. around 55 degrees. The tile floors in that 12 story building were down right cold. There was a bunch of people waiting for physicals, but when they asked how many prior service people were in the group, guess how many raised their hands. You guessed it, just little old me. I got to be first in line for heart rate check. You hit that ice cold floor in bare feet and it'll definately put a rise in the heart rate. Anyway, we didn't have any patrol cars when I was in the MPs, but we did have some Dodge Pickups for our duty in AT. We used the Base MP cars when we held Base police duties or used our own 1/4 tons for the job. We mostly were an EPW chaser outfit. I liked doing the duty in the field as opposed to base "white hat" duty. Base duty was kinda boring when compared to working in the field. :smiley20:

  18. They were all "D"s as far as I knew. We got in some "G"s just before I left.

    I've got a shot or two of a wing patch that I took at the same time I took these, I just have to find it. It looks like a set of talons pointing to the ground against a shield with latin below them. I'll see if I can find them and post it for you.


    The Peacekeeper armored car came out somewhere in the 80s. I remember seeing them at Minot when I was with the 5th FIS. I got a chance to look inside one while I was talking to a friend of a cop I worked with before I cross trained into fighter operations and they were not as cramped as our 706s. From what I heard, they had a lot of trouble with them because the weight of the armor was straining the vehicle too much.

    I remember seeing some tall tail and some short tail BUFFs when I was there until 74. Those shots of the line were a memory kicker. All our L.E. cars had red lights on them, and not the blue lights that I saw in those pix. Now I gotta save all those pix for a photo reference for the projects. Now all I gotta do is find a Chevy Luv to make that one tiny truck. Did they use that for flightline duty, or was that a road truck?? Seems to me that just about anything could outrace that silly thing. Thanks again for the mind jogger. :smiley17::smiley20:

  19. A few more:


    THERE YA GO, YA DUN WENT AND GAVE ME SEVERAL NEW IDEAS FOR MODEL PROJECTS. Several in 1/25 and several in 1/35 or 1/72. Darn it all, as if I don't have enough crazy assed projects going now. Thanks for sending the extra pix.





    I put this one in because if you look closely at the guard standing, you can see his lunch hanging from his pack just below his metal cup.scan0275.jpg








    Perhaps the worst, Chevy Luv. This thing was so small they had to but special light bars and mount the siren onto the firewall in the engine compartment. Getting out when you were carryying a shotgun or M-16 was an experience in itself.


  20. That's the Verlinden XM-706. The hobbyboss people are a bit mixed up. From what I see, what they call a 706 is actually a V-100 used by the Army's M.P units. I wish they would come out with a real 706.

    I added a 90mm recoiless rifle and a XM-174 grenade launcher




    You were just behind my class. I was in the first class to go through the new revised course where they specialized in L.E. or Security. I was supposed to go D.D.A. but they held us while the school re-arranged for the new course. Afterwards I went to the 821st at Ellsworth where after a couple months I was assigned to the 366th at Danang. I returned to Lackland for AZR with defective orders being told that they would send me a new copy after the typo was fixed. The correction moved me to the 635th at U-Tapao. From there I went to the 436th at Dover and returned to S.E.A. after another trip to Lackland and went to Korat in 1974.


    Did you know that there was another 821st SPS? The emblem was identical except that one said Combat Security Police. I picked up both patches when I found them.


    While at U-T I took the armor driving course and learned to drive the 706 and the M-113. They were used on the bases for deploying 13 man Quick reation teams in case of trouble in their assigned sector of the base. We had one called "Devil's Deciple" that was a rolling C.S.C. and was manned by no one under a staff sgt. I carried all the communication equipment necessary to handle a fight and was more heavily armed than the mormal vehicles. They carried a .50 cal with a night scope while everybody carried M-60s.


    Cool!!! I went to tech school in Dec. of 1971 and graduated at the end of march 1972. I got to Ellsworth in time to standby while everyone got around to cleaning drainage ditches around the Missle silos. They talked me into doing AirSat in the missle complexes until late June of 72. I was in the missle wings Missle Support Flight, meaning we went with the maintenance teams to guard the missle hole while the security system was down. I enjoyed AirSat and Air Convoy duty the best. When I started, we were the 821st missle support f;ight. After a while, we were integrated into the 44th strategic missle wing and became the 44MSF. Those vehicles sound pretty interesting. I'll have to look some of them up, as I like doing MP/Security Police vehicles.

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    I didn't get any time over in 'Nam, but I do recognize the vehicles. I was in Security Police 81130 from 1971 through 74 , stationed at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, guarding Minuteman missle silos. I almost got a round trip ticket to Thailand, but they scrapped my orders at the last minute. I would like to try those models in 1/72 scale, if they have them both. Very nicely done :smiley20::smiley20:

  22. I just finished this one. The kit from Revell is very simplistic, with no real fit issues. Decal work was intense on this one as they weren't pre-cut to conform to the car but manageable. Thumbs up to Scale Motor Sports for quality aftermarket decals. It was an enjoyable build with new challenges for me.







    A very impressive looking Corvette there. Interesting Decal work also. :smiley20:


    Dave Wahl


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