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jeff briner

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About jeff briner

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    Past President IPMS/USA
  • Birthday 11/30/1945

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    mooresville, nc
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    not actively building, but dedicated enthusiast and supporter of this website. past national president IPMS-USA.
  1. The poem, High Flight, has over the years become a mantra to pilots. It is reproduced here as a tribute to, and in memory of pilots of all generations. Both of the pilots killed this weekend were military veterans. Prayers for them and the spectators lost in these tragic accidents. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew - And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God. Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee No 412 squadron, RCAF Killed 11 December 1941
  2. While searching through the Kindle books available on Amazon.com I came across this interesting gem. "Reich of the Black Sun: Nazi secret weapons and the cold war Allied legend" Admittedly I haven't finished it yet, about half way through it, but I wanted to share it with others who may be interested in the topic. Basically it covers the late WWII Nazi efforts to produce and deploy an atomic weapon. It tells of a round trip flight to Manhattan Island in a six engined experimental German bomber, eye witness testimony of an actual atmospheric test of the weapon, tantalizing reference to possibly a tactical deployment in the region of Kursk, sharing technology and material with Japan via submarine and "over the pole" air flights, giant underground factories both in Germany and occupied Korea. It speaks of George Patton's "mysterious" death - Patton's 3rd Army was diverted from a run on Berlin to capture the research ares where the Nazis were planning/building this stuff. And MacArthur's runup after the Inchon landings to the Yalu river near where the Japanese underground research facility was located. This is available on Amazon.com and I think it cost $1.00 If you don't own a Kindle, you can download a free reader for the PC at Amazon. There are a lot of typos in the book, transposed or missing letters so that you sometimes have to read a line a couple of times to get what they mean. But still it's an interesting read and has some pretty amazing information.
  3. How many of us remember the horror way back when at the news that the toy company Mattel had acquired our prescious Monogram? Those were the days when we were trying to "educate" the non-modleing public that "a model is not a toy".
  4. Man, what a journey this has been. I just refreshed my memory, and realized this started March 15, 2009. The saying "time flies when you're having fun" really applies here. And now we bring down the final curtain of the most entertaining and imaginative in-progress build on the site. Hurry up Chuk, I'm already experiencing withdrawal pains at the thought of not getting my "fix". Hello everyone. My name is Jeff and I'm a "Chukaholic".
  5. As I have commented in other threads, I started my love affair with modeling alongside my father at the kitchen table, some 50+ years ago.Still have fond memories to this day. It's always encouraging seeing posts like this, because that means the hobby will carry on with the next generation. Best wishes, and be sure to post his finished model for all to see. Jeff Briner past president IPMS-USA
  6. So, Pierre, what's next? You have totally blown us away with each successive build. You keep working your fantastic magic and we, lowly observers, are left speechless. I have closely followed each documented build, and I am searching for the appropriate accolades to bestow on you; and falling miserably short in my effort. Thank you so very much for sharing your wonderful works of art with us. :wub:
  7. I understand that Trumpeter is bringing one out second quarter of next year, complete with photo-etch details. Now your only problem is to come up with the gazillion dollars for the pricetag.
  8. Supurb as usual...a very colorful build that will look great in your collection in your new "man cave".
  9. Chuck, By all means take that beauty to the contest this weekend. If nothing else it will give everyone there a thrill to see it in the flesh.
  10. Hello old friend, Glad to see that you are back in the "cave" and up to your old tricks as usual. I really enjoy your builds, and this one looks like a winner for sure.
  11. Good to hear that the YF-23 thingy is still "in the pipeline". I've missed your meticulous updates. If I was still in the kit building/collecting game I have to think I would want one of these.
  12. One of my all time favorite aircraft. You did a beautiful job on it. I remember building the old Aurora 1/48 kit many many years ago.
  13. Wow, Chuk, even your job is full of cool stuff. You will be making a lot of readers envious sharing all of this.
  14. Davide, What a wonderful build. I have enjoyed every update, and your results are outstanding. Thank you for sharing with us.
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