OPERATION PLASTIC RESOLVE (OPR)  begins Sunday, March 15 at about 8 am. Here is the story that led to my creating it.
. . . .    As founder of AeroKnow Museum, which has won modest renown for educating hundreds of visitors since setting things up here at what is now Horizon Aviation, the aviation fuel-supplying FBO here at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport. I am more than just-a-little sorry that there is no model of a A-10, F-22, CH-47, B-26 or B-52 on the model-packed display shelves here. The only one of the afore-mentioned  almost built  is a Monogram B-52 in early Vietnam War colors. Today  I decided I’ve spent too much of my precious time at AKM engaging tasks that most of you now alive will never use and appreciate. Such activities include photographing visiting aircraft and processing pictures, culling articles, sorting and filing them in the Research Room, arranging aviation magazines for easy reference, and keeping every part of the museum — including areas the public don’t see — reasonably litter and clutter free.
It’s not that I haven’t been building models. I always have “something to work on” at the meetings of Central Illinois Plastic Modelers which AKM hosts weekly in a new room accessible only to club members and Horizon  management.  It’s just that finishing a model doesn’t happen  during club meetings, and I’m so busy with other “urgent tasks” here that finishing a model is the impossible dream. I can’t remember the most recent time I spent more than 40 minutes building a model on any night other than “model club night.” OPERATION PLASTIC RESOLVE   will be my commitment to work on building and finishing plastic model airplanes five hours a day, six days a week in the Process Room upstairs and at my small model building work table in the ground floor WELCOME Room/office. Visitors wanting to tour the museum will encounter a note taped on the WELCOME Room door when I’m upstairs working on models in the Process Room. The door to that room will be open when I’m there so that visitors who want to see me can find me and enjoy an escorted tour. The door to the WELCOME  Room us usually  open when I’m in this room. Since I typically spend 12 to 14 hours every day here, five hours spent with model production will keep me focused.  One day a week will allow me to catch up with what I’ve neglected. As things appear now, the off day will probably be Saturdays.
What I accomplish daily during Operation Plastic Resolve will be shared here at this blog. Stay tuned.

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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