Last month, instigated by my modeling friend, Rick Green, a couple of us got together and put on a model display at a local retirement community. The display itself was built from black foam core with cantilevered platforms for the models. Graphics were all Photoslopped, printed and mounted to foam core backing. The whole thing was hot-melted together. I chose black so as to set off the vibrant colors of the models.
Participants were Mike Meredith, Jerry Royer, Jim Bates and the instigator, Rick Green. Aside from having a really cool display case to show off our babys, one of the most gratifying aspects of the display was the reaction from the residents. As I was assembling the mounting system, a 93 year old woman came up and asked if we had any C-47's or C-53's. When I inquired why the interest, she responded that she was a WAF flight nurse and flew out of Duxford and Orly during the Second World War. I was truly humbled by her story, and those of the others that came up to tell us of their experiences.
As modelers, we need to make an effort to get our models out for non modelers to see. It's all too easy to get wrapped up with like minded friends and forget how the rest of the world perceives us and our craft.
The 16 Foot display case, overall shot.
The first case consists entirely of 1/72 scale aircraft. At the bottom I located a collection of 20 Jastas 04, 06, 10, and 11 Jagdgeschwader 1 Flying Circus aircraft.
The second case wasloaded with 1/72 scale WWI aircraft at the top, 1/48 in the middle and a layout of an opened plastic kit with examples of resin and photo-etch aftermarket parts.
Atop the third case were Jerry Royer's beautiful 1/32 Me-262, P-47 and Ju-87. Below were examples of 1/48 WWII European Theater craft by Mike Meredith and myself. A mock workstation was set up at the bottom.
Mike and I filled the last case with 1/48 Pacific Theater aircraft and last was a bf-109 scale comparison study at the bottom.