The Operation Thunderbolt Project

The Operation Thunderbolt Project was a chapter effort to prepare a display of P-47 fighters that exemplified the ____ for the IPMS 2007 National Convention.

Operation Thunderbolt Project Picture Gallery

The Glenview NAS Museum Project

The Glenview Naval Air Station was a Naval airfield in Glenview, Illinois that was opened during the Second World War and closed in 2003. The Glenview NAS Museum Project was a chapter effort to prepare a display of models for the Glenview NAS Museum of every significant aircraft that was based at Glenview during its time in operation.

Shortly after the closure, a museum was established to focus on the history of the Glenview Naval Air Station, both as a means to recognize the contribution of NAS Glenview during its operation and to record its importance to the area. The former air field was being rapidly redeveloped into a high-end housing and retail complex. The only evidence remaining from the Navy days are the chapel, the golf course and the control tower building, kept for “authenticity” purposes.

Now retired and living on the grounds of the former air station, Bob Reder, the co-founder and one-time president of Monogram Models, was involved with the museum effort. Bob volunteered to be in charge of the model building project. The IPMS McKinstry Chapter volunteered to take on the job of building an example of every type of aircraft ever stationed at NAS Glenview. Each model was to be painted and lettered as it was when it was stationed at Glenview. All were to be 1/48 scale, except for some large transport aircraft which would be 1/72 scale.

Glenview NAS Museum Picture Gallery

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