Tuesday, July 29, 2014

It Was 47 Years Ago Today

The USNS General John Pope docked in Vung Tau, Viet Nam, with me and about 200 members of the 591st Engineer Company (LE) on board. The adventure continued after 19 days at sea.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Kit of the Day



     I suppose most of you watched this wacky service sitcom in the sixties. It should have been no great effort for Revell to issue this tie in model kit of the PT 73. When Kennedy took office they dusted off the molds for an already extant PT boat, changed the box art to say PT 109, and made a new decal sheet. You would think new box art and decals would serve for this kit, too, but it didn't. The PT 73 was based on a Vosper, a British MTB (motor torpedo boat), which is what was used in the TV series. Later, the kit was issued as a Vosper MTB proper. Revell marketed the PT 73 from 1965-69. It included figures of McHale and three crew members. Current value for a PT 73 in fine condition is $75-100.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Who Knew?


I didn't know Ford came out with a 2-seat Thunderbird until I saw one in the parking lot of El Toro today. A little look on line showed me that they'd been around since 2005, the 50th anniversary of the original T-Bird sports car. Neat.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Happy Anniversary Kristine & Jacob

A year ago today my baby girl married her high school sweetheart.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday (After Midnight Edition)

I conked out in my recliner so I'm running late. Here's a well-armed Cap'n outside his sister's house in Columbia, Missouri, circa 1985.



Thursday, July 17, 2014

More Models



A German U-Boat.



The USS Saratoga, CV 60.


A U.S. Gato Class submarine.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More Models


A Dauphine helicopter. The real ones are made in France and used by the US Coast Guard for rescue missions.



The USS Montrose, an armed freighter. I like this because my father's people live in Montrose, NY. And it's a neat model.





A Ford Flivver. Did you think they only made cars?