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Pacific Air Museum

August 2008

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The club had our first meeting at the Pacific Aviation Museum on August 23rd, and aside from some trouble with the gate guards, went reasonably well. The meeting room is positively huge – so much so that we had to shout like drill sergeants to be heard! That’s okay, as it will help us develop better oratory skills.

The air conditioning and good lighting levels were also big plusses. Hopefully we will be able to continue meeting at the museum for the foreseeable future.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 1/48 Accurate Miniatures Grumman TBM Avenger

Chris Lovewell’s 1/48 Accurate Miniatures Grumman TBM Avenger.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008

The “Pacific Air War” models on display at the Pacific Air Museum.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008

And the “European Air War” counterparts

The club had a model display at the museum on the day of the meeting, with over 30 planes and a couple of tanks thrown in. The theme was WW II aircraft, which was used as a dry run for the Gun Show on the following weekend.

The display was well received, and there were a couple of kids who really got into the models. Remember that the young ones are the future after we old farts die!

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008

I’m a-buildin’ as fast as I can!!! Brad makes an adjustment on his P-39 Airacobra, one of seven (!) models he built for the fighter display.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 1/48 pre-war SBU Vindicator

Burl Burlingame’s 1/48 pre-war SBU Vindicator, built from the Wings Vac kit.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 F4F Wildcat

The F4F Wildcat on display in the museum is a dash-3 variant, with four .50 caliber guns and non-folding wings.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero

A highly atmospheric setting for the museum’s Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008

Bombs away! A display of Japanese bombs and torpedo used in the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor attack.

The full-scale museum displays were a blast, but the real treat was a tour of the museum’s F-14 Tomcat, which was housed in an adjacent hangar. A Hawaii ANG F-15 Eagle also arrived the following week, with an F-86, F- 102, and F-4 to come. The jets will be part of the post-war exhibit in the Phase III facilities of the museum.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 F-14 Tomcat

The museum’s F-14 Tomcat, awaiting restoration.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 Sea King

A Sea King helicopter used during the Apollo recovery missions.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 UH-1 Huey and an AH-1G Cobra

A pair of Vietnam-era choppers, a UH-1 Huey and an AH-1G Cobra.

IPMS Hawaii Pacific Air Museum November 2008 Cessna O-2

One of three Cessna O-2s undergoing restoration

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