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Best 1/1250 museum I've ever seen...
Posted by George Elder on 10/12/2019, 8:07 pm
If John Olsen does another open house, for heaven's sake go! He has arranged a collection of over 7,000 highly worked models in mirror-backed display cases. They are 14-16" by 20-24" x 2.5", although I might be off a bit. And they each have at least 8-10 glass shelves. But the thing is, there are dozens and dozens of them, perhaps up to 100 or so. The lighting is superb, and the models have to be seen to be believed. I wish the hell I had brought my camera, but it was hard enough just bringing me. Yet it was more than worth it! I saw a highly modified Borodino class, as per the Japanese conversion wherein the 6" twin turrets were replaced with 8" single mounts. Fabricated masting, camouflage, enhanced hull work, and exquisite painting make this an extraordinary collection by any standard. There might be another showing in May, although I am not sure. If so, get there! You will not see any better displays or craftsmanship, and John's house is a rush. Man, it is a museum, replete with all manner of paintings, pictures, and items of all imaginable scales. I had a ball. John's wife was kind enough to make us tasty treats, and we also had pizza. Just a great time for all involved. But mostly, it was the models and company! Good Lord, the WWI camo was exquisite, something that has to be seen. I mean it. Any serious collector would have a great time in the viewing rooms. I want to thank John for all he does for our community. He also gave me an exceptional deal on some surplus models, and that was very kind. His duplicates blow away my completes, and I certainly didn't expect to be buying anything given my finances. But I did! What an excellent time. Next event, give it a shot. There's some amazing sights and ample good company.