I met "Bondo" Phil Brandt several years ago at a regional model show in Texas and have "talked" with him on several Internet discussion groups. I lis gorgeous jet models are almost sure to win prizes at contests, with some competitors consoling each other with murmurs of "Bondo again." Phil haunts the Austin, Texas, area, is a retired U.S. Air Force Major, and a retired IBM technical writer. His modeling career spans all of the plastic-kit timeline, and he remembers his first model was a solid wood Strombecker P-80. His current interest is esoteric subjects, with many of his efforts being 1/72 and 1/48 scale kits of aircraft than never went into service. He enjoys applying "what if "service markings to these one-time mockups or paper projects. Usually, the only available models of these subjects are expensive, limited-run resin kits that may have fit problems. Phils nickname "Bondo" was coined by his friend Mike West of Lone Star Models who noticed that Phil used a lot of filler putty on his projects, perhaps even using Bondo auto-body filler. The nickname, like the putty, stuck.
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