The National Museum of the Pacific War will open their first temporary exhibit in the George H.W Bush Gallery from October 11, 2012 to January 14, 2013. The exhibit will highlight Pacific Sea Power, and display award winning ship models of Doug McVey along with some of the museum’s collection that is not in currently on display.

Dave McVey’s models have won eight blue ribbons at the State Fair of Texas. His collection includes models of both American and Japanese ships from World War II. Dave has been building models since high school as a hobby, and after his wife got him a model of the Titanic it became a passion. “My Grandpa was in the Navy, so I am much honored to have my work be a part of the museums temporary collection”, said Dave McVey. Dave’s models start out from the basic model kits you get at any hobby shop, and then he adds small details to them. Be it planes, weapons, people, or vehicles, Dave makes the models his own with these small touches. Ten of Dave’s models will be on display in the temporary gallery of the George H.W Bush Gallery at the National Museum of the Pacific War, along with some of the museum’s collection. The models of Dave McVey feature intricate details, such as the individual tail numbers of the 16 B-25s of Doolittle’s raiders on the flight deck of the USS Hornet.

“This exhibit will allow visitors a chance to view high quality models of some of the surface ships that shaped the struggle for control of the Pacific during World War Two”, said Mike Lebens Head Curator of the collection at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Admission to the exhibit is included in your museum ticket. The exhibit will open to the public Friday October 12, 2012.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is a Texas Historical Commission property supported, operated, and managed by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. For more information please contact Brandon Vinyard at or at (830)-997-8600 x.205

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