Wrapping up my documentation of our trip to Florida, I will mention our visit to Rick Bellanger's N Scale layout and the Titusville Model Railroad Club.
Rick Bellanger is an accomplish model builder and long term N Scale model railroader. His house is practically a museum filled with well built models of ships, planes and armor as well as a nicely built, double deck N scale layout.
|Rick and his layout
His current freelanced layout features the UP and Sante Fe railroads. It is well built and features many illuminated buildings. Rick said he is interested in selling his N scale layout and equipment, preferably in one transaction. If you are interested, let me know and I can put you in contact with him. He has a lot of rolling stock and many structures.
|Engine terminal on Rick's layout
After visiting Rick's layout, we stopped by the Titusville Model Railroad Club layout. We got to met some of the members and had a chance to look at their layouts. They have three layouts, the O gauge 3-rail and N scale layouts are finished. They are in the process of rebuilding the HO scale layout. It is coming along nicely. Alas, I forgot to take pictures at the club.
The guys at the model railroad club suggested we check out American Aero Services, New Smyrna Beach, FL. So we did that the next day after a round of golf at nearby Venetian Bay (note, I was the caddy, my back was still not healed enough for golf).
American Aero Services is a restoration and maintenance facility that specializes in serving the War-Bird community. They restore aircraft, military vehicles, armor, missiles and rockets. They do complete restorations, repairs, maintenance and annual inspections. They also have a museum. Amazingly, they let visitors wander around their two hangers to see what they are doing.
|The tank is a former Soviet T-55 that they are visually modifying to look like a WW2 Tiger.
|This B-17 is being refitted for flying service.
|You don't see this too often
That wraps up our trip to Florida. It was a fun week despite the issues with my back and the unfortunate turtle.
We are back in Virginia. My back is getting better and more projects are getting added to the do list.