The Plastic Scale Modeling Hour – Belcher Bits – Ep#21

WARBIRD RADIO – Scale models are made up of various parts, but when you want to turn something ordinary into something unique you need a few assorted specialty bits. One such resource for those bits is Belcher Bits. Joining us this week on The Plastic Scale Modeling Hour is Master Modeler, Michael Belcher who founded Belcher Bits in 1994.

Belcher Bits is one of the many smaller ‘garage kit’ manufacturers in the aftermarket business today. Its proprietor, Mike Belcher, is a  retired professional engineer who worked for the Canadian Navy in Ottawa. Mike has been a modeller for 25 years, most of that time as an avid scratchbuilder interested in Russian armour, naval aviation, helicopters and Star Trek ships. Mike is also a keen supporter of IPMS Canada and has been editor of the national publication, RT since 1982.

This week, Belcher Bits is providing listeners the opportunity to WIN two of their latest releases. Listen in to learn how you can be one of two lucky winners of these great resources for your modeling projects.

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Raiders Reunion Recap – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Thursday – 10am (EASTERN)

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THURSDAY – We’ll check in with Larry Kelley for a final look at the 70th Doolittle Raiders Reunion.  Hear the final count on how much money we raised!  Plus we’ll discuss all the details on the fly-over and big banquet.  The show starts at 10am (EASTERN) right here on

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“Diamond Lil” Unwrapped – Episode 81

Photo Courtesy Lyle Jansma (Copyright Jansma Design LLC)

WARBIRD RADIO – WIX WARBIRD WEEKLY LIVE is on the air with the Commemorative Air Forces B-29/B-24 Squadron Maintenance Officer Don Obreiter.  We are discussing the return of “Diamond Lil” and other updates for the worlds oldest flying four engine aircraft, the B-24A .
Call in or write in via our LIVE Chat page here on Warbird and be part of the conversation. Tune in and Take Off!

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UPDATED: Congressman Sam Graves & CAF President Steve Brown – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Wednesday – 10am (EASTERN)

WEDNESDAY – Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO) and Commemorative Air Force President Steve Brown join Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE to discuss the recent activity surrounding a possible amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310).  News about a possible amendment that would allegedly “ground certain warbirds” first surfaced last week.  Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) has been at the center of this controversy although his office quickly points out the news is all based on “mistruths”.  When invited to take part on Wednesday morning’s broadcast Turner’s office sent the email published below:

Hi Matt,

Mr. Turner isn’t available for an interview. I would like to pass along this statement which makes clear that he does not support grounding aircraft as some have said. It’s unfortunate that mistruths about an amendment which is nowhere in the National Defense Authorization Act, nor has one been submitted, have been spread.

Turner Statement on Military Heritage Aircraft

Washington D.C. “Congressman Mike Turner (OH-3) released the following statement on the flying of military heritage aircraft and the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act:

Dayton is home to the National Museum of the Air Force, and has the largest collection of historical military aircraft in the world. I know the value and importance that the facility has in honoring sacrifices of our veterans and as a symbol that freedom isn’t free. The Warbird community plays an important role in bringing WWII era aircraft to our nation’s citizens. These propeller-driven craft are ambassadors of freedom’s price and I do not support grounding any of them.

My concern lies in the potential for military jet aircraft to be transferred to civilians for flight without the same rigorous training and maintenance schedules that pilots and aircraft underwent when they were in service. In fact, the Department of Defense was asked by Congress to conduct a study on post-1947 military aircraft and what concerns the department has with their being flown. In short, the Department both in the report and through their policies does not support these aircraft from being transferred to civilians for flight.

I look forward to working with the Warbird community to see that they continue to stay in the air. Their contributions have inspired Americans young and old, and will do so for years to come.


Tune in this Wednesday morning at 10am (EASTERN) for the latest news surrounding this story.

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STORY UPDATE – Comment From the National Museum of the United States Air Force


The proposed legislation was not an initiative of the National Museum of the

U.S. Air Force. Since Congressman Turner proposed the legislation, you may

wish to contact his office for additional information.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force’s loan agreements already hold a

long-standing restriction on flying (which is consistent with Federal law

and DOD regulations).

You may also wish to do an on-line search to see the following documents:

– Donation of Surplus Personal Property, Title 41 of the Code of Federal

Regulations, Part 102-37.460, special terms and conditions applicable to the

donation of aircraft and vessels

– Study and Report on Feasibility of Transferring Aircraft from a Military

Department to a Non-Federal Entity for the Purpose of Restoring and Flying

the Aircraft, House Report 111-491, to accompany H.R. 5136, the National

Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year (August 2011)

– Defense Materiel Disposition Manual (DODM-4160.21M), Chapters 4 and 6

– Air Force Instruction 84-103, USAF Heritage Program

Rob Bardua

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Public Affairs Division

Smithsonian Curator of Modern Military Aircraft Dik Daso – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday

TUESDAY – Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum Curator of Modern Military Dr. Dik Daso joins Matt Jolley on Warbird Radio LIVE.  Dr. Daso will have a preview of this week’s Mutual Concerns of Air and Space Museums annual conference in Reston, Virginia. Tune in for all the details at 10am (EASTERN). Quick Link has been posted below for your convenience. Thanks for listening!

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