GILL'S MODELS

LET'S JUST HAVE FUN

         JOHN S. GILL

   THE THIN LINE BETWEEN INSANITY AND THE INSANE,

                       IT'S NO FUN BEING SANE

SO IF YOU LIKE CARS, BOATS, AIRCRAFT, 

                 AND CATS

 I HOPE THAT YOU ENJOY THIS SITE

         HERE IS A SMALL SLICE OF MY LIFE

                        AND I WILL ADD AS TIME ALLOWS

Too see the latest I am working on go to

   The PHOTO GALLERY and look  in

      CONSTRUCTION

Just click on any of the pictures in the "GALLERY" for the description OR any under lined for a link

 

I am a member of:

SOUTH ORANGE SEAPORT SOCIATY ( SOSS)

NAUTICAL RESEACH GUILD, INC. (NRG)

ROXBURY AREA MODEL AIRPLANE CLUB ( RAMAC)

ACADEMY OF MODEL AERONAUTICS (AMA)

 

I have been building models since I was less than 2 years old.  These began with my fathers help and were plastic models of  early cars and trains. My sisterís godfather  was a carpenter and got me interested in HO model trains. We built the train cars from wood kits. I received my first model boat kit at two years old. This Sterling kit was started right away but was not finished until I was about 5. I still have the model  and run it with a radio that I purchased in 1956.

  At 8 years old I froze my fingers and all most lost them. I built a  model of the USS Essex aircraft carrier and even won a local model contest.  The doctor told us that had I not been  building models I would not have use of my hands today. 

 The first year that I was in the  Navy I was stationed aboard the USS Essex and we picked up the Apollo 7 space capsule.  I became interested in radio control when I went to a local hobby shop and saw an R/C boat. In 1955 you had to build your own radio  system, which I did and it even worked once in a while. Since then  all of my models are operational. I have become known as a master modeler and have built models  for television, movies and  museums.

 I have been awarded more than 150 trophies and citations for model building. My interests are varied, so the  models are too. They run from a 1/64 scale NASCAR (3in long) to A 1/144-scale battleship USS NEW JERSEY (72in long). Some of the models are kits or started as kits, about half are scratch built. I have also written for  some of the model magazines  (R/C boat modeler, RCM, Boat & Ship, Hobby Merchandiser). I also race HO slot cars and have won for contours several times.

 A small selection:

 Dusseldorf- fire boat-1/25 scale, modified kit, pumps  375 gph. 25 functions.

 Amphicar - scratch, 1/8 scale, land or water, horn, lights

 Wave Jumper scratch-1942 Century runabout, horn, lights 

 Dixie II - scratch - 1904 race boat, 1/12 scale.

 FITCH 1878 first steamboat.

I probably have the one of the largest, if not the largest, collections of radio control models in the country. These are available for display in museums and special events.

 I have built over 1200 r/c models during my life. Most for personal collections.

My personal collection, that includes:

103 boats

54 aircraft

18 cars

9 trucks

 All are fully operational.

This does not count the models that are under- construction. I am usually working on 10-30 models at a time.

I also collect miniature outboard motors, stamps, coins, N guage trains, HO slot cars (I still race)

and some say cats as  we have become involved with cat rescue and transport.

 

YOU CAN HELP US

 

The Animal Rescue Site

 

ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES - 973-207-7851 AND ONLY 9 -9 EST.

e-mail;         protechusalmp@yahoo.com

                                     johng@polkshobby.com

THE LINKS

SOSS - www.angelfire.com/nj3/sos/

RAMAC - www.ramac.org/

NRG  - www.thenrg.org/

AMA - www.modelaircraft.org

POLK'S HOBBY www.polkshobby.com

 

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