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Thanks, Michael! Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby PennTexas53 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:52 pm

Thanks, Michael!

A fine time was indeed had by all, despite the weather. I hope Christian and Ana as well as Bernie and Wendy had safe travel home the next day.

For those who did not have the opportunity to attend, Michael is far too modest regarding the historical research and examples he shared with us, particularly the HAWK line of models, starting with an intricately scribed Lockheed Constellation, expanding to solid models of jets; followed by an amazing range of aircraft and automobile model kits in many scales. Michael described competition in the model airplane kit business as competitive as the actual aircraft industry was in those days; truly fascinating stories.

Bernie constantly amazes us with his modelling skills; revising castings to add correct details, scratchbuilding the struts for a C-47 on floats; simply amazing craftsmanship. Danny Samuels brought us first hand reports and models from across the pond of the current TOTS members and their activities; awaiting his report.

Christan's Argentinian diecast and subscription Sci-Fi models were a rare treat, indeed. The Secrets of the Swordfish are many! His talents include full scale aircraft design to this day, as well. My brief presentation of 1/400 Concorde models by a variety of manufacturers paled in comparison, but echoed Michael and Danny's observations that the Asian manufacturers, using modern automation, are now creating amazingly accurate scale models at nearly toy levels of pricing... but only for well known prototypes.

It would be wonderful to see the new manufacturers venture into older aircraft.. perhaps the famous Curtiss NC-4...which many TOTS members and collectors world wide would be delighted to see! I think it would be a great seller.... Maybe we could petition Hallmark; they like historical subjects ;>)...with big brass ADF loops that double as ornament hangers.

What a wonderful group of people, such great friends. Michael, thanks again for all the organization, running the website, and keeping MAC running smoothly. We also remembered our departed leader and mentor, GR Webster. Keep 'em flying!
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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby MichaelB » Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:24 am

Thank you, Scott!
Together we keep MAC alive!
Here's that Mandarin HH-3E and it's much smaller than you think...real crap! (Thinking of you, GR!) :)
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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby BSnyder » Thu Nov 05, 2015 6:20 pm

Thanks for the kind words guys. As usual BOTH Wendy and I had a great time getting together for all parts of the "get together". We definitely look forward to next year and are grateful to Michael for all the organizational work. I also can't think of a nicer bunch of guys to spend time with.

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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby MichaelB » Tue Nov 10, 2015 4:23 pm

Great to see you and Wendy, Bernie!
...and you flying boat model...it's a Benoist, yes?
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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby dsamuels » Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:25 pm

Bernie's models:

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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby norri » Fri Nov 20, 2015 1:59 am

sounds like you had a lot of fun. if you can give me 3 months notice of the next meet will do my best to make it
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Re: MAC Meeting, 2016?

Postby dsamuels » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:42 pm

Are we planning a MAC/Texas meeting this year?

Hope so.

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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby MichaelB » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:57 pm

Yes...like last year...during the Collectibles Show at the Museum. I'll need to find that date first, but it should be October 15th.
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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby Aeronaut » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:02 pm

Are we getting together on the 15th?
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Re: MAC Meeting, 2015

Postby MichaelB » Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:07 pm

Yes...the Collectibles Show is on the 15th. I look forward to see you there. Looks like Bernie & Wendy won't make it but Danny and I will be there.
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