Mock battles with model tanks raise awareness of Veterans Museum

first_imgWalking across the battlefield amid the whir of tank treads and churning engines, Pat Buczkowski spun his finger in the air and yelled to his two compatriots.“Fire up the Tamiya,” he told them, moving over to the command tent. “We’re ready to go.”Buczkowski had a bit of a Godzilla city-destroying look as he stood over the one-sixteenth scale models of three tanks, two Pershing and one Russian, made from kits put out by Tamiya Corp.So did his fellow tank-battlers Don MacDonald and Darryl Usher, part of the Estacada Armored Corp. model tank club, who were set up and rolling across a mock battlefield outside of the Veterans Museum on Saturday.The tiny tanks and display were part of an effort to spread the word about the museum, which opened in 2011 at 1601 East Fourth Plain Blvd., Building 1918, on the Portland VA Medical Center campus in Vancouver.Bill Hill, a volunteer who manages the museum, said he hopes to do many similar events at the site with remote control tanks, airplanes and watercraft over the summer.last_img read more