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  1. bob letterman

    Very sad news!

    We just got a call from Laura, Lewis Pruneau's daughter. Lewis passed away last night in the hospital from a very long and lingering illness. He was Susan's and my very best friend. He has called me daily for the last six months and I could hear him failing. Lewis was 6' 3" tall and most of his...
  2. bob letterman

    My Buddy Lewis Pruneau Part 03

    I've known Lewis now for 38 years. Together we've travelled to most states back in the competition days, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, Omaha, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, and many more. To Europe together twice, once when we competed in what was...
  3. bob letterman

    The VLS Corporation, The Middle Years

    From 1988 to 1991, VLS was located at the Westport Industrial park location. The following are photos taken during that period. Judy Baggett, VLS' first employee who worked as our sales manger for 5 years. Judy passed away in 2015. Judy and I working out an inventory problem. Photo...
  4. bob letterman

    Love those Merlin engines!!!!

    Check 'em out!
  5. bob letterman

    How I got sidetracked to major "Honey do" projects!

    When we moved into our house five years ago, It was a very hurried event. We sold our house unexpectedly and then realized we had to find a house in a few days to buy in a town 250 miles away. Our house in St. Louis was very large, 6,200 square feet. It was too big for the two of us at our age...
  6. bob letterman

    There are models and there are models!

    This is incredible. Even more so because it flies and, the builder can even fly in it! B-17s forever!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/embed/E-1_JwlHO-8 Enjoy, Bob
  7. bob letterman

    My Buddy Lewis Pruneau Part 02

    1985, Those were the days! They were the carefree days before the business overwhelmed us and demanded all our time. This photo was taken at the VLS facility in the Cross keys business center. It was taken a few minutes after I put the final touches on the original Legacies and the photos were...
  8. bob letterman

    My Buddy Lewis Pruneau Part 01

    I met Lewis Pruneau way back in 1981 at an IPMS Gateway club meeting in St. Louis. He lived in St. Genvieve, Mo, about 60 miles due south of The St. Louis Metropolitan area where I lived. I had just joined the chapter on the advice of another good friend, Wes Bradley. Wes worked at the number...
  9. bob letterman

    The VLS Corporation. The Early Years.

    I found these old photos from the VLS years. I thought they might be of interest. The photos are in stages. The first ones are from 1983, when I started up the business until 1985, when I had to retire from the St. Louis police department and run it full time. We moved to our first industrial...
  10. bob letterman

    A diorama with some added effects.

    This aircraft diorama is cool with lighting, movement and sound effects! Bob
  11. bob letterman

    More celebs model than you may think!

    Remember the great Bob Gibson, Pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 60s and 70s. Bob died in 2020. His average fastball velocity was 91.9 miles per hour! Bob was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. He was a car modeler! Check this out!
  12. bob letterman

    For those of you interested in The Civil War.

    My daughter found these on the Internet and sent them to me. They are incredible then and now photos from various battlefields as well as Gettysburg. Enjoy, Bob
  13. bob letterman

    I'm still around! :-)

    After a couple of members contacted me to see if I was OK, (I haven't been posting much lately), I thought I'd post here and let you know I'm still alive and kicking! :) In late August I was walking my doberman in the park.There are others I see every day doing the same, we know each other and...
  14. bob letterman

    Like Corsairs?

    A friend sent this link to me. I've always liked the "look" of WW II Corsairs. This one looks to be maybe one fourth to One third scale. Amazing! Bob
  15. bob letterman

    An Oldie but goodie. Darth Vader.

    I'm in on this one. Yeah, everybody has built this, but I've been wanting to do him since 1975. I'm only 45 years late! Bob!
  16. bob letterman

    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid!

    bob letterman submitted a new resource: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid! - An excerpt from, a Bill Bryson book Read more about this resource...
  17. bob letterman

    Just Curious

    I turned 79 today. I'm wondering if there are any other members as old or older than me??? Just curious who the oldest member is? Bob Letterman
  18. bob letterman

    A new weekly video on Facebook from a great model maker!

    Jef Verswyvel has been a close personal friend of mine and Susan's for many, many years. Jef is a Belgian immigrant and has been a U.S. citizen for about 10 years now! You may know him as the spokesman for Squadron Mail Order and as their chief modeler for several years. Prior to that he owned...
  19. bob letterman

    Some work from Bill Chilstrom

    Bill is a longtime friend of mine. He worked for me as a sculptor for many years at VLS. A fantastic professional figure sculptor, one of the best in the business. He's mostly retired now, but still builds models and sculpts figures for his own dioramas. Here are three photos from one he sent me...
  20. bob letterman

    John Bowrey