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  1. Bob, thanks for your condolences. And yes, I am well aware of the potential legal problems if you set up booby traps to catch the perps, which is why I won't do it, regardless of what I might like to do. Incidentally, Texas has a carry law now...open or concealed..but the sad truth is that if you shoot someone in self defense, whether they are killed or not, you will spend a very long time in the legal system. It won't matter whether it's criminal or civil and once you survive all of that, you may not have any real money for the rest of your life. Considering that I don't have much money to start with, most of mine is going have to go to try replacing to some degree what has been stolen, damaged or destroyed. Not much of a choice, is it?
  2. Unfortunately, it'll be catch and release. The perp had not gotten into the house and had no property on him. Nothing more than simple trespass, unless he has a record or outstanding warrants. Basically he's gonna get a slap on the wrist. Latest update. The way I blocked the floor opening seems to be working. Was over there today and everything was still locked up and no attempt had been made to get thru the floor opening. Cross your fingers. Of course we still have the perp or perps that got the tankless water heater and copper power line to worry about.
  3. After the police left with the perp in custody at 2 a.m. and telling me that the place was secure and all doors locked, I checked the place something like eleven hours later. Door was unlocked and closed. Called police...again. Latest police visitation finally found out how they're getting in the the house. Crawled under a very small opening at the side of the porch which gives them access to the underside of the house (pier and beam foundation). Then they forced their way thru the old furnace opening. The opening's now been secured...I hope...as follows: 3/4" plywood screwed down on top of the opening with 3" screws (hardwood floor). Cabinet placed on top and against adjacent wall. More 3/4" plywood on top of cabinet, then the plywood screwed down to top of cabinet with 3" screws. Combination of cabinet and plywood screwed to wall (no sheetrock, solid wood wall) with 3" screws. Two heavy metal doors placed on top of the whole conglomeration. This also proves that there are at least two and possibly three people/groups involved. According to police, the problem is the large number of homeless in the general area. They also said they have quit being surprised at how creative they are at getting into homes, occupied or not. It's reached the point that individuals are knocking on doors in the middle of upscale neighborhoods, begging for money and then trying to push their way in! I don't know what the answer is.
  4. Carlos, you make a good point. But I would tend to discount it simply because no one else around there is having similar problems. Last night a neighbor saw a guy around the place around midnight, called the cops and cops wound up apprehending him. Perp was in the backyard where he had no right to be. Hadn't made entry and all doors were secured. Trouble is that I don't think he's the only one involved because I doubt he would've also been the one to rip off the tankless water heater and get on the roof to cut the power and steal the copper cable. Of course the flip side is that I get multiple phone calls per day from investors/flippers wanting to buy my property, but that's going on all over the city from low income to high income. Not only does it not matter whether the property is occupied or not, they actually don't know if property is occupied because they work off the public property lists at the courthouse. I would agree with your theory if other houses were being hit but the house across the street just spent a slew of money to install solar panels on their roof.
  5. Back on the subject, the disaster continues and exacerbates. This morning I got a call from a neighbor. forced entry had been made again. This time more vandalism, including removing the braces that had been over the metal door with 2 1/2 inch screws in two locations...from the inside, no less. Then a heavy cabinet that had been sitting on top of an old floor furnace opening had been moved and the heavy wood insert that had filled the opening had been removed, leaving the floor open. More vandalism had been done, though how much I don't know until I can get back over there. If that ain't enough, I discovered a natural gas leak which was the result of the perps removing a tankless water heater from the outside of the house. And if that ain't enough to frost the cake, they had also removed the electric meter at the back of the house, then pulled the electric box, climbed on the roof, cut the power cable, then pulled the copper cable providing 200 amp service down and made off with it! Where this is going to end I have no idea. What bothers me is that by the time this mess is finally under control, is to be forced to spend an unimaginable amount of money...which I don't have...in order to maintain anything that can be referred to as a business. I've been in this activity since 1967 and have no plans to stop...unless I drop dead...anytime soon. Why? Because I consider it my calling and is what I was born to do.
  6. Carlos, the sad part is that more and more courts are becoming catch and release. Brett, cameras caught nothing, partly because they got in around four or five in the morning when it was pitch dark. And as for insurance, most of what I had that they took was accumulated on a multi-decade period, so the deductible/depreciation aspect would kick in to prevent the insurance company from paying anything. Then there's the inevitable do you have receipts for everything and what about serial numbers? Y'all know how we modelers acquire supplies, kits and equipment. It's even worse when it's a business and you're on the receiving end of either samples or kits provided by clients. Throw in freelance writing...mostly about models and modelbuilding...and you can see why I'm between a rock and a hard place.
  7. Point taken, Nick. But in this case it would've confused the P.O. machines worse. They would've had to recognize the normal !, then understood that the first 7 next to it...with a horizontal bar...was actually a 1 while the next 7 without a bar was truly a 7. I think you would agree that the machine's education would have been lacking in any case. Of course, the true cause of this fiasco would lie in the skill...or lack of same...of the human that programmed the machine in the first place. Richard.
  8. Thanks to Gil, I have received the Academy 1/72nd PBY-5 that I had an urgent need for. But we had a heckuva time getting it from Florida to Texas. Everything went smoothly until I checked the tracking info yesterday to see if the package was getting close. Incidentally, this was shortly after I shipped a kit and a couple of my CDs to Gil in trade. That's when the fun began. Rather than maintain the suspense any longer, the following is a blow by blow account then ensued, starting about 9:00 a.m. today (Nov 23). "Finally got the PBY in, but getting it the last few miles to me was an experience. First: Called the76177 station which is some twenty miles from me. Learned it wasn't there but had been sent to the 76111 station, which is some twenty miles in a different direction from 76177 and about ten miles or so from me. . Second: Called the 76111 station. Package was there. They agreed to hold it for pickup. Wife had a doctor's appointment, so arived at the 76111 station afterwards. They searched the station, both physically and on the computer. Couldn't find it. I left emptyhanded but they had my phone number. Third: Went to McDonald's, then home, which was about four miles. Halfway home, cell phone rang while driving. They hung up before I could pull over and answer. Called their number...three times in a row. No answer. In fact their phone hung up after a number of rings...many rings. Fourth: Had to decide whether to go home and eventually get them to answer since I didn't know if they were going to tell me package was still lost, returned to you, redirected to the 76117 station or had it and I could pick it up. Decisions, decisions. Fifth: Decided to bite the bullet, turned around and returned to the 76111 station. Sixth: Walked in to the station and they knew why I was there. Not only were they delighted, they actually had the box in their hand and very anxious to give it to me. Heck, they almost forgot to scan the postal code to show it had been delivered! Seventh: Got the box home, looked on the label and discovered that you didn't make a mistake. Your address label shows the zip to be 76117. In spite of that, It still ended up at 76177, Why apparently no one...machine or human...could read a simple five digit zip code? Darned if I know, but a comment from my wife may hold more truth than anyone suspects: "It (the box) wanted to see the world before it was delivered". Gil's response to the Catalina Saga? "wasn't it Shakespeare who said "all's well that ends well"?"
  9. Back in 2018 I was in the hospital for eight days. Four months later, my shop was burglarized to the tune of some $5,000...mostly computers and tools. Got nothing back except for one computer monitor. Then things rocked on and calmed down. Since then, due to medical problems, I haven't spent much time at my shop, but I had no other problems, at least from the burglary standpoint. Until the last couple or three months. Since then, my shop has been broken into multiple times with the damage getting worse each time. Being broken into is one thing, but they are specifically targeting model kits, modelbuilding equipment and supplies, etc. Worse, they are cherrypicking, taking mostly the good stuff. Today was the worst. Two or three days after the last forced entry, they got in again...and this time they vandalized the place. What they didn't take they tried to destroy. At least ninety percent of all the kits that were still in the shop were opened and strewn around, walked on, drawers pulled out and the whole place made a wreck. I doubt that I will be able to salvage anything more than a small part of what's been taken or ruined. I could go on, but I think I've dumped enough. Sorry for the long rant but I hadda find someplace to vent.
  10. Well, I see it from both sides of the fence. I have written for hard copy magazines for decades but now most of what I now publish is digital. And self-published at that. Leave us to not forget that Amazing Figure Modeler has thrown in the towel and gone 100% digital. Unfortunately, that is the fate every model publication is facing. Also, the wealth...or dearth...of kit build videos on Youtube, from Plasmo on down, is another factor. You can't overlook the fact that all of those videos can also be viewed repeatedly for free. If nothing else, it makes trying to make a living at this business more than a little difficult.
  11. Oops. Did you say Revell? I can't use it. That's the one that needs to be replaced by the Academy kit. The Revell kit doesn't have a dead straight wing.
  12. Hey Keith, You're a lifesaver. Incidentally, I just found out the correct kit number is 2123, but that doesn't matter as long as it's the Academy PBY-5 (not the amphibian). Let me know your price...including shipping...and how I can get the money to you. You can either PM me or use my personal email at tennexican@gmai.com Richard
  13. I failed to include a rather critical bit of information. The kit the client sent was the 1971 molding of the PBY-5 by Revell. THAT'S the one that needs to be replaced by the Academy PBY-5. My apologies.
  14. I am in urgent need of an Academy 1/72 PBY-5...kit # 2126...for a commission build. Note: this is not the amphibious version. Kit the client sent has a warped wing that cannot be corrected...suspect it was actually molded that way since the kit goes back to 1971. If you can spare one, let me know by either a reply on this forum or direct to my email at tennexican@gmail.com Any assistance y'all can provide will be greatly appreciated.
  15. Very nice, Gil. Especially the engines. Now if I can only get my work to that level 🙂
  16. Nick, I haven't seen anything that will help you, but consider that the XP-55 was exactly that, experimental. Chromate yellow in the wheel wells would be quite reasonable. And given the lack of documentation, no one can say you'd be wrong.
  17. Gil, it's always "what the client wants, the client gets". We can argue some of the details and neither one of us will ever be 100% correct, nor will we ever know the absolute truth of that mission as far as the fine details are concerned. BUT one thing is fact. The painting you are referring to was done by Jack Fellows, who is a top ranked aviation artist/historian in his own right and is still alive. Beyond that, it's not even Tony's style. Look forward to seeing your finished 666. Richard
  18. Gil, I've never seen "Dogfights", so I'll stand corrected re that information. Tony's...and my....information came from an article on Zeamer that differs somewhat from the official Medal of Honor statements. According to that article, when 666 finally came to a stop after landing and the crew was removed, the ship was so shot up that they took a bulldozer and shoved the aircraft off the side of the runway. As for the Weddel painting that you have seen, all I can say is that the attached photo is a copy of the original painting that Tony took with his own 35mm camera and it does show the m.g. mounted in front of the windshield. I've also attached a cropped portion of the painting that clearly shows the m.g. in front of the windshield. Where that information about the gun's position came from, I can't say. Is it possible someone did a copy of Tony's painting and deleted the m.g.? Or is the online painting by a different artist who was inspired by seeing Tony's version? Unfortunately, we can't ask Tony since he died in 2015. Richard
  19. Gil, are you going to mount the machine gun on the fuselage just forward of the windscreen so that Jay Zeamer (the pilot) could fire it from the pilot's control yoke? This mod is why he was credited with one kill. There's a very good Wikipedia article about the mission in particular and Zeamer in general. Incidentally, Tony Weddel did an excellent painting of the episode. I'll be glad to send you a jpg of it if you wish.
  20. Hello Cliff. I think all of us who have been around as long as you and I have, can legitimately claim that our ox has been gored. It matters more to some than it does others, but what's truly important is that we have helped...in whatever way...the IPMS/USA to not only survive but to prosper. Had it not been for the IPMS/USA...as well as all the other National groups, and definitely giving proper credit to the Brits who started the whole thing, we would not have the incredible plastic model kit and aftermarket hobby/industry that we have today. That is something that all of us can be immensely proud of, regardless of which individual gets recognition...or doesn't. BTW, I also remember the joys of cutting mimeograph stencils and hoping to God you didn't make too many mistakes that you had to spend time correcting!
  21. I'm not sure what an equitable solution would be to the question of awards/recognition. As some of you know, I've been involved in the IPMS/USA since before it actually existed (I was in the TAHS with Jim Sage when he started kicking around the idea of a US branch of the IPMS). I've never participated to the extent I wanted to due to lack of funds. That situation also led to a gap in membership. My only real claim to fame...such as it is...is that I managed to hang on to my original IPMS/USA number...#2. If some kind of recognition/award was to be made, it probably should be limited to those of us who were the original...or charter...members of the IPMS/USA. Why? Because an argument could be made that if it wasn't for us...the old guard...the IPMS/USA would probably have never come into existence. At least not in its present form. However, that leads to the next question: Where's the cutoff point? 20? 25? 50? 100? And then there's also the fact that not many of the Old Guard are still around...or at least not current members. BUT the bottom line is one overriding question...does it really matter? That's a question for each one of us to answer. Me? It's enough for me to know that y'all know that I was privileged to be one of the founders of the IPMS/USA...no matter how small a part I played. HOWEVER...if our leadership ever decides to hand out a pin, placard, certificate or whatever in recognition of the founding members, I hope I get one. Preferably while I'm still breathing!
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    Very nice, David. Makes me want to do an OOB myself.
  23. Ralph, I am well aware that Testors is extinct, eliminated, done, fried, hanged, shot, strangled, drowned, suffocated, executed, done for, bought the farm, vanished, gone away, been permanently reduced, listened while the fat lady sang and involuntarily welcomed the grim reaper. The entire point of my post was that RPM et al should have had the decency to kill the testors.com website so that inexperienced and/or beginning modelers won't stumble over the testors website and waste time trying to find some shop such as Hobby Lobby (Don't say it. I know they're not a hobby shop.) that carries Model Master or Testors paints. All that remains is for me to post a photo of Testors' current employer with whom they have permanently merged:
  24. Out of simple...or maybe morbid...curiosity, I checked the old Testors website and found a full list of testors and model master colors. Huh? So I checked the Rustoleum site. They have...or had...a link at the bottom of their home page that goes to their testors website with all the changes. Today that link is gone. BUT the original old testors.com website still exists. Stranger, when you put testors into the Rustoleum search box, you get a page of listings for testor with the top one being a link to the testors.com website. Yes, that's right...the old testors website that is no longer valid. Given the size of the companies involved...from RPM on down...you'd think they'd be able to keep the various company websites up to date...including killing the testors.com site. Or maybe they just don't care enough to bother. Incidentally, for those who might be interested, Stevens International and Megahobby both list 99% to 99 1/2% of all testors products as out of stock. And adding insult to injury for car modelers, there's an online article in the new FineScale Newsletter that recommends the high gloss lacquer and wet look gloss lacquer spray cans from testors as the preferred clear coats for a high gloss car model finish. Now all you have to do is find the stuff.
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