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My Home Town Campaign
JClapp
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 03:29 AM GMT+7
the rules of this campaign called for a background story. Here is mine-

Kwajalein Atoll was taken from the Japanese in February 1944 and has remained a US military asset ever since. There is an excellent Osprey book about the campaign called "Marshall Islands 1944", among others, for anyone who would like to learn more about that chapter of history. After the war, the US Navy developped a permenant facility on the island. The airfield terminal, building 901, which is the subject of this project, was built by the Navy in 1951.

Much has also been written about the cold war era nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands, and Naval Station Kwajalein served as a support base for those operations. In the 1950s, with the Cold war and the space race in full swing, the US Army was working on ballistic missiles, developing the Atlas and Jupiter ICBM systems. Development of defences against enemy ICBMs in the form of the the Nike interceptor missile program began around 1958, and the Pacific Missile Range was re-located to Kwajalein at that time. The Navy continued to operate the station while the Army was to operate the missile program. Construction and establishement of the radar and launch platforms as well as civilian contractor living facilites proceded rapidly, and in 1964 full control of the island was turned over to the Army. Development of large scale radar as well as missile telemetry and guidance systems, has been the mission on Kwajalein ever since.

In the early 1960s my father was a mathematican working on digital computers at MIT-Lincoln Lab in Massachusetts. He accepted a post to Kwajalein applying the new computational methods to missle tracking and guidance, and he, my mother and sister and I went to live there in 1967. We lived at 470A Heliatrope road, and my sister and I attended the George Seitz elementary school. By then the permenant dependant housing area and "downtown" had matured into a lovely little town with all the ammeneties of home. Kwajalein resembled a suburb of Los Angeles, 4000 miles out in the Pacific ocean.
Being only two miles from end to end, there was no where you couldnt get to by bicycle in a few minutes, and there were no private automobiles. There was also no television. There were a wide variety of entertainment and recreational facilites and many social clubs, swimming, boating, soccer, and so on. Of course watching planes land and take off at the airfield stands out for me as a favorite passtime, and it was a busy place! Those were different times - the terminal building was open to the public and there were bleacher seats especially for plane watching. You could also ride your bicycle all the way around the mile long runway- there were no fences or gates anywhere!
My father, along with hundreds of other workers, commuted daily to work on another island called Roi-Namur. The "Roi" planes were C-54s. The "Meck" planes were DHC Caribous. Those we saw all day, every day. There were at least 10 round trips to each of those islands every day, and Huey helicopters flew to others as well.

They were about the last fixed wing aircraft operated by the Army. In later years, the commuter planes were operated by civilian contractors. My father was a lifelong aviation enthusiast, so he encouraged me to learn about planes from a young age.
Besides the commuter planes, Here is a list of planes I remember seeing on Kwajalein:
USAF MATS, (which became MAC in 1968) operated C-124s, C-123s, C-133s, C-141s,
All branches of the service including the Coast Guard operated C-130s,
Airforce RB-57s which were high altitude weather observatories,
Airforce KC-135s,
Navy P-3 Orions, which I recall being told, where watching Soviet submarines, which were watching us!
The Navy also operated the EC-121 radar planes.
I dont recall ever seeing any combat aircraft. There were numerous civilian flights as well, on schedules and charters.
Continental Airlines subsidiary Air Marshall Islands, aka Air Mike, had a DC-6 and 727s
Northwest Orient 707s, DC-8s and DC-9s
Saturn Airways DC-8s

My family returned to the States in 1971 and I went to high school in Concord, Mass.
But for a few years Kwajalein was my home town, and I am very fond of the memories I have of that faraway time and place.
This model is part of a larger project I have ongoing to build models of all the planes in the above list, and additional diorama modules of Bucholz field.

I am indebted to my friend Rex Simmons for his lovely black and white photographs seen here. I never had a camera when I lived on Kwajalein.
JClapp
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Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 05:31 PM GMT+7
good bit of work done today.


The hand rails are all done. They are an N scale Faller set.
The antenna and tower is from a Sankai kit, not an exact match but pretty impressive. The stair is a Goldmedal models PE part.
I designed all the stick on windows and doors in MS Paint and printed them on ordinary white paper.
windysean
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 11:24 AM GMT+7
I've been sputtering along on this campaign in fits and starts. Not likely to get in by the end, especially finding time to make decals after work, but here's what I have...
MedFlight basis kit, September 2012
Interior base paint
There was a bit of internet searching for interior photos. The kit I bought was a police version, but there are plenty of extra parts that I put to use-- the gurney and odd seat combinations for example, but only instructions for that version. The helicopter cockpit is quite open with large windows for viewing inside. I don't want to dirty it up too much with weathering, being a medical transport, but well-used nonetheless.
I have a busy weekend, so completion by Monday, even without decals, will be a challenge. If I fail though, conveniently, I'm the leader of the Hangar Queen campaign for unfinished models, so I could find a home for it there. I'll make a concerted effort though. You'll see more from me here soon.
Again, Jonathan, I really like what you've done already too! Keep that up!
thanks,
Sean H.
JClapp
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Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 07:32 PM GMT+7
Well Sean, I'll be rooting for you, else it could be I'm the only one to get this campaign ribbon!
It seems our campaign leader has not been seen here since July, hope he is all right.

I have put a bunch of "finished" pictures in the gallery.

Also, the C-124 from the Support campaign visits...


windysean
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Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 03:52 PM GMT+7
I made further strides on my Med-Flight helicopter last night. I went to add the control panel decal (very visible in the windows-- I checked), and I discovered that although the instructions are weak on decal placement, the decal sheet has tons of interior detailing decals that I splashed all around to busy it up!
There are seat belts, many odd control panels and exit signs, first aid logos, and even inside door detailing-- arm rests!
Default title upload by motoblur
My build got new life. I don't even mind all those mold ejector marks. They may not be visible, once the glass is in. Can't wait to put in those window gaskets-- very cool.
-Sean H.
JClapp
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Posted: Monday, October 01, 2012 - 08:16 AM GMT+7
This is what I built for this campaign.(everything but the plane) I'm quite pleased with the result.


I hope we hear from Magpie again in future. But in the meantime, is there a mod who can valorize the results in his absence?
windysean
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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - 09:01 AM GMT+7
The party's over and everyone went home, but I'm still plugging away here.
Default title upload by motoblur
The thin side window glass curls away from the fuselage sides, so simple clear glue didn't hold. I had to clean it up and start over with styrene cement on the front edge. That's what the toothpick and weight are holding. Squeezing the fuselage together was tricky without pushing in those big windows. Also, hard to see now, but one of the inside door decals was pulled up and lost during the window installation struggle.
The pipe cleaner is holding the fuselage together while the glue sets.
Cheers!
-Sean H.
JClapp
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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - 04:09 PM GMT+7
- looks like a boatload of work yet on that helo..
Are you going to keep posting in this thread, or are you going to move it over to Hanger Queens?

I'll be joining you over there again before the years out..
windysean
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Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - 08:52 PM GMT+7
I suppose she'll go to the Hangar Queen campaign eventually, especially considering that I still haven't made decals for her. I already had my queen picked out, but maybe there's time for two.
-Sean
PS: how long until Magpie (or Gary more likely) notice I've left?