late Jay Frank Dial...couple memories:

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late Jay Frank Dial...couple memories:

Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:54 pm

February 14th, 2018, 7:06 pm #1

Jay was a Master modeler mentor in "Jim Sage's IPMS Chapter" (IPMS/NCT...Dallas). He was also a prototype modeler for both LTV (Vought) and Bell Helicopter. His instructions on carving masters for presentation models helped many many of us. Yet his humor was infectious...!

One 'axiom' of his: "1950s kit instructions for interiors said 'paint the interior GREEN, thus the pilot was an interior part, paint it green!" LOL

Jay had been afflicted with "Transverse Mylietis" at age nine (sort of severing of the spine) and in a wheelchair most of his life. Yet, he was probably the most traveled paraplegic I knew.

Jay produced a gathering of USN and USAAF Camouflage orders along with the first distribution of the FS595 color chips in a modeling guide. He also wrote the two F4U CORSAIR and the P-39 PROFILE PUBLICATONS.

Astronaut Allan Bean became the SECOND Honorary "Confederate Air Force" Colonel...but Jay Dial was the FIRST...Jay helped the CAF to transition from their red/white/blue scheme to combat markings.

As one of those who drove Jay to many events and handling his wheelchair, he came to refer us as "Ground Support Equipment Specialists".

We lost Jay in 1993 and we still talk of his adventures such as flying in an AT-6 or Beechcraft Staggerwing.

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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 2:27 am

Yep he was a trend setter, I still have his books

February 14th, 2018, 8:17 pm #2

on USN / USAAF camouflage directives. I did not know he was a prototype modeler, my admiration for him increases....
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Joined: July 29th, 2006, 1:18 am

He was a character, all right.

February 14th, 2018, 9:18 pm #3

Jay was a Master modeler mentor in "Jim Sage's IPMS Chapter" (IPMS/NCT...Dallas). He was also a prototype modeler for both LTV (Vought) and Bell Helicopter. His instructions on carving masters for presentation models helped many many of us. Yet his humor was infectious...!

One 'axiom' of his: "1950s kit instructions for interiors said 'paint the interior GREEN, thus the pilot was an interior part, paint it green!" LOL

Jay had been afflicted with "Transverse Mylietis" at age nine (sort of severing of the spine) and in a wheelchair most of his life. Yet, he was probably the most traveled paraplegic I knew.

Jay produced a gathering of USN and USAAF Camouflage orders along with the first distribution of the FS595 color chips in a modeling guide. He also wrote the two F4U CORSAIR and the P-39 PROFILE PUBLICATONS.

Astronaut Allan Bean became the SECOND Honorary "Confederate Air Force" Colonel...but Jay Dial was the FIRST...Jay helped the CAF to transition from their red/white/blue scheme to combat markings.

As one of those who drove Jay to many events and handling his wheelchair, he came to refer us as "Ground Support Equipment Specialists".

We lost Jay in 1993 and we still talk of his adventures such as flying in an AT-6 or Beechcraft Staggerwing.
And the best modeler I have ever known. He said on many occasions that building models is what kept him alive in spite of his disability.
Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
IPMS-Canada #1426
CAHS #5646
Carrollton, TX

Proud IPMS-USA Low Number Thumper!
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:54 pm

some of his prototype models

February 14th, 2018, 9:51 pm #4

on USN / USAAF camouflage directives. I did not know he was a prototype modeler, my admiration for him increases....
The prototype department head would arrive at Jay's home with the hush-hush plans and Jay would produce a 3D model to be included in presentation to the US government. He took photos of his models which -long after- he showed a few of us. I recall a VOUGHT version of the SR-71, a VOUGHT version of the F-16, the first two seat A-7, the various BELL tilt-wings, and many more.


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Joined: October 22nd, 2009, 11:44 pm

Hi, David -- Jay's F-16 by LTV ... was that the F-16-1600 because

February 15th, 2018, 3:21 am #5

I have built one from drawings I saw in a book and believe that I still have the book but cannot find the drawings anymore.

The F-16-1600 was a valid proposal for a Navy version. I used the 1/48 Academy kit and kit-bashed in some F-8U parts like landing gear and the refueling bulge on the fuselage side. Other changes were Sidewinders on the fuselage , Sparrows on wingtips ... I added F-8 aft fuselage strakes, an A-4 arresting hook and a publicity load of other stuff !!

Model is painted in a red and white test aircraft scheme.

Thanks for your addition to the thread ... George
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