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Those of you who were familiar with the aviation art of Tony Weddel will be saddened to hear of his death. Tony passed away on August 2, 2015 at the age of 73. He had been in a nursing home in Glen Rose, Texas for the last ten years or so as the result of a stroke and heart attack. Most of his prints are no longer available, although a few show up from time to time on ebay. Other than that, eight different prints...including 2 P-38s, a B-17, an Me-410 and a UFO...can still be seen and purchased from http://scalepublications.freeyellow.com/art%20tn.htmlas long as the supply lasts. If
There's nothing like having the original tech orders that specified how camouflage was to be applied to aircraft, both Air Corp and Navy, in WW-II. Even better are the exact specs for insignia and the dates when each insignia style was used. 51 years ago, Jay Frank Dial...a professional modelbuilder and amateur aviation historian...produced a thin book that summarized that information using nothing more than the original tech orders as his source. Jay passed away many years ago and his book has become virtually impossible to find. Since I knew Jay at the time he produced the book, I have a
I, too, often wondered about Jim and where he was. Jim and I met when we were both members of the Texas Aviation Historical Society that met in Dallas. While the focus was aviation history, there were always models showing up (We can't get away from them, can we?), with the end result being the occasional contest. I was 21 and Jim was in his early 30s. Jim used to tell a story...and actually printed it in one of the Journals... that I would never forgive him because I was IPMS/USA #2 instead of #1. Of course he was kidding. In truth, the reason all of the early members ended up wit