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Chris Bucholtz

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About Chris Bucholtz

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    Region 9 Coordinator, Journal Editor
  • Birthday 07/29/1967

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    http://obscureco.wordpress.com
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  • FirstName
    Chris
  • LastName
    Bucholtz
  • IPMS Number
    33768
  • Local Chapter
    Silicon Valley Scale Modelers and Fremont Hornets
  • City
    Alameda
  • State
    CA
  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Alameda, California
  • Interests
    Aviation, military history, rock music, baseball, hockey and good wines.

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  1. Not to speak for the e-board, but the DLC and regional coordinators had a Zoom meeting last week that helped firm up the candidates. So draw from that what you will. 🙂
  2. Your metaphor is faulty. If you suffer lung damage from inhaling too many paint fumes, it's terrible - but it isn't contagious to others. Wearing a mask in a pandemic is less to protect you than to protect OTHER PEOPLE. If I have to explain to you why it's important to care about other people, we really don't have anything to talk about.
  3. "Why being required to wear a mask upsets so many, ....is such an unbearable burden....I will never understand." Agreed. It's meant to protect others, in case you're infected and don't know it. To me, not wearing a mask is like purposely farting in public, only with possibly fatal consequences.
  4. I started this just after my daughter was born. It was fraught by so many frustrations she's six now (and she herself nearly totaled the model just after painting started!). All the gory details will be in the Journal at some point. This is a historic plane - the first mount of Sergey Kramerenko, the first pilot to score five victories over enemy jets (so, the first jet ace).
  5. This is the Platz 1:72 kit with Eduard photoetched interior panels, modified control columns, and True Details seats. I added wiring the seats, scratch-built the canopy piston housing and the canvas cover over the rear panel from CA-impregnated tissue paper, and cut the kit canopy. The wheel wells were detailed and the airbrakes were re-built and their bays were detailed. Anti-torque scissors were stolen from an F-80 photo etched sheet. The decals were sourced from 14 different sheets from Iliad, SuperScale, Fox One, AeroMaster, an Italeri B-66, and even a MicroScale railroad sheet. Weathering was limited to a wash and some scuffing on the non-skid panels. I finished it just in time for a club contest - but, since only four or five people finished their T-33s, the contest was moved to March!
  6. Wilhelm Hippert greets the pilot of his seventh victim - Roden Fokker D.VIIF with Mini Art Spandaus, PART photoetched parts and decals from Print Scale. The figures are a mix of 3D-printed items, Quickboost and W+D Models. Built as a gift for a friend - I'm carrying the diorama cross-country to Washington D.C. on Sunday!
  7. This is the fifth Tamiya P-47D I've built and I may soon start to get them right. This is the plane flown by Gene Martin, 379th FS, 362nd FG; the decals came from the Barracudacals sheet. The plane has the correct flat floor for the P-47D-30 (from Obscureco), compressibility flaps and re-located landing light (via Quickboost) and a Curtiss Electric Asymmetrical Propeller (pilfered from the Revell kit). The guns came from Quickboost, as did the engine, and I swapped an Eduard instrument panel for the kit's part. A resin gunsight and scratch-made mount are under the windscreen. I know Gene, so this is a special addition to my collection! --Chris
  8. If so, the Journal has an offer you can't refuse. I have the Master Details He 111 cockpit set siting here and you can have it if you can do a write up (650 words!) of the cockpit, or if you'd like to do a full build article for the Journal (which would be super awesome). I got it as a review sample and, since I don't have the kit, I'm not the guy to review it. But if you build 1:32, you may be the one. First come, first served. Postage paid!
  9. Here's the Tamiya 1:72 F4U-1D Corsair MOSTLY finished (missing details like the spine antenna, underwing landing light, position lights on the upper wings, photoetched control actuators - y'know, stuff only we modelers would spot!): I finished it at 4:15 before the 5 p.m. set up for the Aces Symposium at the Oakland Air Museum last week, featuring Alex Vraciu, Archie Maltbie, Ted Crosby and Dean Caswell, whose plane this is. There are no decals for VMF-211's 183; I made the numbers from two SuperScale sheets that had "33" four times on each sheet in the proper stencil size. I cut the middles out of a third set of "33s" and flipped it over, and inserted it into the first three to make an eight. The one was "stencil-ified" with a sharp knife. :) At the symposium, the pilot got to meet the plane: I now have three models which have been held by the men who used the real items - Vraciu's Hellcat (10 years ago!), Andy Anderson's 379th FS S-1 jeep, and now Caswell's Corsair. I really hope I can have a few more of these items in the collection before time steals these great people away. --Chris Bucholtz
  10. I've been researching and writing about the 362nd Fighter Group since 1997 or so, when we used Damon Rarey's archives to create a sheet for the 1998 Nationals of the planes featuring nose art painted by his father, George Rarey. The group association is disbanding, so I started this page on Facebook: http://www.facebook....2ndFighterGroup To perpetuate their memory. A new decal sheet will be coming out shortly with two schemes that were on that 1998 sheet and three new schemes ("Bonnie Lynn," "Super Rabbit," "Kentucky Colonel"), and I have a book all written and awaiting additional photographs to be completely done. If you'd like to keep abreast of these developments - and to see remembrances about what was truly a remarkable fighter unit from family, historians, and fellow modelers, please join up! (Oh, that avatar of mine? Painted by George Rarey, 68 years ago...)
  11. Here's the gory details: Those are PART photo-etched dive brakes, with scratch-built actuator mechanisms inside them. Themodel has Quickboost elevators, an interior made with PART, Jaguar and Tom's Modelworks components, Pavla sliding canopies, Quickboost wheels, Aires machine gun barrels, and some scratchbuilt details, like the pilot's single wide lap belt (shoulder straps didn't arrive until August 1942!). I wired the kit engine, and added the generator from the top of a control column from the spares box. The decals are from Starfighter (B-8 from their F11C sheet and the LSO stripe and fuselage roundels from their TBD set), Aeromaster (fuselage and lower wing insignia) and Iliad (the roundels on the top wing were intended for a B-17!).
  12. An update - my wife (!) went over to the Hornet and cajoled the ship's staffers - the models are now aboard, and I will go in at oh-dark-thirty Saturday to formally set up the display! Modelers make things come together...
  13. Here's the SBD-3 Dauntless I wasaiming to have finished by today for the USS Hornet Midway display: Hey! It's done on time! Only problem: the people on the ship who contacted me about this and were supposed to set it up for installation today are apparently on vacation. Ugh...
  14. \ Yep. It's in the One True Scale. :) When I had it in gray, I thought, "man! The Japanese figured out that aerial camouflage thing early!" Then I put on the bands and the Hinomarus and thought, "man! Those Japanese were just SPOILING for a fight in 1942...!"
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