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About John

1250 SCALE MESSAGE BOARD: John Youngerman 1940-2021 (

How did all these models come about?​

In 1968, John met a member of the Sacramento, California chapter of the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) and was introduced to the world of “serious, yet fun” plastic modeling, using kits as the basis for the models.  Since then, he won over 150 IPMS awards for his plastic airplane models and modeled in all the usual scales—1/72, 1/48, and 1/32.  John's emphasis with the airplane models depicted herein in the Airplane Gallery has been on correcting errors, improving or scratch building cockpits, interiors, and wheel wells, and opening various panels to show gun detail or electronics bays on modern aircraft.  Each model, with few exceptions, is of a particular aircraft as flown during a given time period and by a specific pilot. We hope you enjoy looking at these models, which gave John such pleasure to build and paint over many years.  


In 1964, John began building his “fleets” of 1:1200 scale scratch built warship models, building pretty much exclusively models of ships since 1914.  Many different navies are represented by the ships in the Ship Gallery.  All models are scratch built, using balsa, Bristol Board art paper, plastic shapes such as rods, tubes, and various size strips, and brass wire from his local train 
hobby shop.  As such, each model is unique and two models of ships in the same class have differences just as the prototypes did.  The Internet Age introduced John to others who are interested in making model ships in this and other scales or in collecting commercially produced models in 1:1250 scale (and some in 1:1200 scale).  If you are one of those, we are pleased to share his models with you and to make your acquaintance.


John was always been interested in models of soldiers (called military miniatures) of the Napoleonic era.  The colorful uniforms and many details have fascinated me, and he have built numerous models of both foot and mounted figures, using the now out-of-production Historex line of figures.  John liked gluing all the many tiny parts together to make the model, rather than merely painting one that is essentially already assembled.  If you are interested in military miniatures, we hope you find the Military Miniatures Gallery pleasing.

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