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Luebbert displays his WWII plane, ship collection

Luebbert displays his WWII plane, ship collection

May 3rd, 2019 by Jenny Gray in Local News

The German battleship Bismarck was built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine, named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. It was from the Blohm and Voss shipyard in Hamburg and launched in February 1939.

Photo by Jenny Gray /Fulton Sun.

Next to Mike Luebbert's display — dozens of World War II era aircraft and ships — is a typed out letter.

That letter starts out a notebook packed with illustrations and the history about each of his creations. It probably helps him avoid answering the same question over and over again — questions such as, "How did this hobby come to be?"

"What started out as a whim became an obsession," Luebbert said. "After visiting a privately owned military museum, I noticed an extensive display of military models, mostly World War II era aircraft."

He purchased his first model kit, a P-51 Mustang.

"I was hooked," Luebbert said.

His display is available for viewing this weekend at the Fulton VFW, where he'll be in and out to meet and talk about these models. For people wanting to see the real thing, they can visit the Fulton airport Saturday to see a World War II B-25, and even take 30-minute rides ($350/per person). This plane also will do a flyover Saturday afternoon, a salute to the Eagle Squadrons, as part of the National Churchill Museum's 50th anniversary party starting today.

Luebbert has spent years creating his massive collection.

"I have spent untold hours and hundreds of dollars constructing model fighter (1:32 scale) and bomber (1:47 scale) aircraft," he said. "For a change of pace, I switched over to naval vessels (1:35 scale)."

People are welcome to stop by 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this weekend at the Fulton VFW.