Baghdad Hobby Club Receives Models

The Three Rivers International Plastics Modeling Society (IPMS) Model Club, a Pittsburgh-based area modeling group joined in supporting the Hobbies for Heroes program by sending more than 100 various models to the soldiers located in Iraq. These modelers meet once a month and build scale models of aircraft, cars, trucks, tanks, military vehicles and spacecraft, as well as historical and mythical figures.

The group assists one another by demonstrating techniques, such as photo etching, airbrushing and seam filling, or discussing concepts involved in scale modeling hobbies. These members took that extra step to get involved with sending boxes and kits to our troops in Iraq.

“We hope these models will help our troops keep their minds occupied and their thoughts at rest,” said Bill Dedig, training manager for Draeger Safety Inc. Dedig, an employee at Draeger Safety in Pittsburgh, has donated his time to organizing the shipment for the modeling club.

“When I first approached the guys to donate some of their models to our troops, they all really liked the idea. I had previously broached the idea with the president of Draeger Safety, Wes Kenneweg, and he agreed to assist with the logistics and pay for the shipment,” Dedig said.

The kits were collected at a club meeting and delivered to Draeger Safety for shipping. For more information about Draeger Safety, visit

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