Book Collection

A good friend and colleague of mine, Michael H. Pruett, recently passed away. Mike, a Vietnam vet who served with the 1-5 Infantry, collaborated with me on five different titles. His wife, Cathy, asked that I help her in liquidating the portion of his estate that dealt with militaria, models, references, photos and books.

For those who are interested, here are some photos of the stacks and stacks of books and magazines Mike left behind. If you see something of interest, please get in touch and perhaps we can strike a deal. As soon as finish with his models, militaria and original WW2 photos, I will start to list these on eBay.

German titles (mostly unit histories)


(Mostly) Softcovers (titles primarily dealing with WW2-era vehicles, but also a lot of magazines such as AFV News, After the Battle, Militaria (both French and English editions etc)

Hardcovers (in the main, WW2)

Militaria (Mostly uniform studies, with a lot of OOP titles)

Mike in Vietnam


October ‘gator Meeting

Just a reminder that the October meeting will be held at John’s Models this coming Saturday. Build session starts at noon, with a meeting at 1:30. Since the meeting conflicts with several shows — Modelpalooza in Orlando and another one in Louisiana — and many chapter members plan on attending one or the other, there is no set agenda. Your humble correspondent will be going to Orlando, so I cannot attend.

Here’s the link for Modelpalooza:

Here’s the link for the “Cajun Modelfest” in Baton Rouge LA:

Take care!


HobbyTown USA Model Contest – September 2019

Held at the HobbyTown USA affiliate in Mobile AL, the contest featured a large number of Gundam entries, but the armor category was relatively well represented with several dozen kits. Surprisingly, there were few aircraft and no nautical entries.

The Armorgators were well represented by Mike Frisch and your humble correspondent, both of whom won awards. Follow the link for some more images…



Meet Our Members

Members who would like to introduce themselves to the chapter via these pages are invited to do so by submitting material to me for inclusion on the Meet Our Members page.

So far, I’m the only one who has opted to do so. As much as I enjoy reading about myself, I already know most of the plot.

Here’s your chance to gain international fame and notoriety, thanks to the thousands who view these pages daily! 🙂

I recently added my models to the mix to show what options are available: Bob’s Models. If you have any models you’d like to show the chapter, here’s your opportunity.

Take care until the next meeting!

Meeting Reminder – May 2019

Just a quick shout out to the chapter to remind it that the ‘gators are meeting this Saturday at John’s Model at 1:30 PM.

Assuming that the computer gods cooperate, Brian will finally be able to present his overview of air-defense systems.

There are no planned seminar topics, although your humble correspondent wouldn’t mind discussing the use and application of pigments (perhaps a full-blown presentation at a later meeting).

I am currently doing some research on caps and T-shirts for the chapter and hope to have some preliminary findings in time for the meeting.

Finally, winners at the Blue Angels Model Fest are encouraged to bring in some of their trophy magnets—hint, hint Brian—for unfettered adulation. As always, the Parade Ground will be holding a pass-in-review.

See you Saturday!

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Cap Proposal: “Goooolly, Drill Sergeant” Edition

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Cap Proposal: “Just the facts, ma’am” Edition

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T-Shirt Proposal: “Chick Magnet” Edition


Blue Angel Model Fest – 2019

The Pensacola Modeleers sponsored their biennial Blue Angel Model Fest on Saturday, May 4, at the Pensacola State Fairgrounds. The contest followed IPMS conventions, with the armor category being very well represented. There were more than 50 armor-related entries, most of which can be seen at the following link.

The Armorgators were represented by a table in the vendor area and it appears we may have three new chapter members. Several kits were donated by chapter members to help raise money for the treasury. In all, some $76 was raised, which will be used to help offset some previously incurred expenses on the part of the chapter.

Entrance and vendor area
Display area for contest entries
Tanks for the memories!

‘gator Update – April 2019

The Armorgator chapter met on March 16 at John’s Models. Six chapter members were present. Thanks are extended to all, who paid their annual dues into the treasury. With the chapter flush with a whopping $60, it was decided to sponsor a “Best of Show Award” in the armor category for the upcoming Pensacola IPMS “Modeleer” contest to be held May 4. In addition, it was decided to sponsor a vendor table at the contest in an effort to broaden the membership base of the chapter and establish a broader “footprint.”

Members in attendance were reminded that the Modeleers will need help in setting up their contest in May. In addition, anyone who could help manning the Armorgator table would be appreciated. Members were also asked to contribute any kits or hobby materials for potential sale/raffle at the contest.

A seminar was presented on weathering/fading with oils and several models were presented for review and discussion during the “Parade Ground” portion of the meeting. The meeting ended with John discussing new kits and products he has received at the shop since the last meeting.

The next meeting was scheduled for April 20.