Robert T. Gallagher
This posting is a bit of a catchup since I have been busy with non-hobby stuff. There are a few topics that I will cover. First is a notice of the passing of Steve Grabowski’s father-in-law, Robert T. Gallagher. Carl Jackson sent me a not of Robert’s passing. Many may not recognize these names but Robert was a key person in the development and production the Grabowski/Protocraft scale steel wheels. Steve Grabowski and his father-in-law made a commitment of time and energy to produce the true scale wheels with full contour wheels and axles. We are fortunate that these two gentlemen filled a major void in the Proto48 market. You can buy these wheelsets from Protocraft in a variety of axle and wheel size.
Texas Grass Party
Jon Cagle, owner of Southern Car & Foundry, visited the Austin area to install a commercial display. He managed to find time to visit Jim Zwernemann’s home and layout. Bruce Blalock joined the party. Jon has visited Jim’s a number of times over the years. He has been doing a little scenery work each time. We should all be so lucky to have a very skilled commercial model maker do your scenery.
Jon is on the left and Jim is on the right. It looks like they just returned from lunch. The picture below shows the “grass” work of Jon. He uses an electrostatic applicator. The cow on the right looks like it could yield some decent brisket for the local BBQ joint.
I would like to thank Bruce and Jim for sharing the photos or their recent social.
Top Secret Shipment
Lee Turner has uncovered several classified photos taken of shipment being loaded for shipment to Oakridge, Tennessee in 1943. The equipment was to support the Manhattan Project.
Well, the reality is of scale models that represent Lee Turner’s craft. He has a flair for combining railroad and military models in one scene.
The weathering on the gondola is on the light side but remember the scene is in 1943 when war emergency gondolas were new. Lee used figures and a jeep from Tamiya.
Next week, I will return to the Rio Grande automobile car project.