Model maker’s love of his­tory on dis­play

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - RON GRECH

Much like a kid fas­ci­nated by the heavy ma­chines at a con­struc­tion site, Lorenzo Jal­bert has an en­thu­si­as­tic in­ter­est in the air­craft, tanks and trucks that were us­ing dur­ing the Se­cond World War.

It’s not just the mil­i­tary ma­chines that in­trigue him, but many of the sto­ries and his­toric fig­ures that are con­nected to them.

An ex­hi­bi­tion of Jal­bert’s mech­a­nized mod­els of ships, tanks, trucks and air planes used by the Al­lied forces as well as the Ger­man and Rus­sian forces dur­ing the Se­cond World War is cur­rently on dis­play for a short time at the Tim­mins Mu­seum.

It’s a timely ex­hi­bi­tion, with Remembrance Day this Sun­day.

Jal­bert cheer­fully chats with those who come by to see his ex­hi­bi­tion, and his pas­sion in both the his­tory and the equip­ment de­picted by these mod­els is ev­i­dent as he high­lights some of the items on dis­play.

“The first mil­i­tary chop­per was built by the Ger­mans in 1940,” he says, draw­ing at­ten­tion to his model of a Flet­tner he­li­copter which was dis­tinc­tive for its twin in­ter­mesh­ing ro­tors.

“They put it with two (sep­a­rate ro­tat­ing) blades like this be­cause it did not have any blade at the back, just the rud­der in the back. And the plane was so sta­ble.”

Like most of the air­craft mod­els on dis­play, the Flet­tner has a func­tion­ing mo­tor and re­mote con­trols that en­able it to fly.

Those com­ing to see the ex­hi­bi­tion won’t be see­ing any model air­crafts fly­ing through the air, how­ever, as the dis­play is in an en­closed room. There are tanks, though, that are able to move and make engine sounds like the gen­uine ar­ti­cle.

An­other unique mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle he’ s made a model of is a Kugel­panzer, a spher­i­cal ar­moured ve­hi­cle which the Ger­mans ex­per­i­mented with.

Not many of them sur­vived the war.

He said the Rus­sians cap­tured one and it is now an ar­ti­fact on dis­play at the Ku­binka Tank Mu­seum, just out­side Moscow.

“I also have some Canadian stuff, like this Mor­ris truck,” which was used by the Bri­tish and Canadian forces dur­ing the Se­cond World War, of­ten for tow­ing field ar­tillery pieces, such as short-bar­relled can­nons and anti-tank guns.

“It was a Bri­tish de­sign but built in Mon­treal and sent to our troops.”

In all, Jal­bert said he has about 50 pieces on dis­play, not in­clud­ing the ac­tion fig­ures, many of whom de­pict ac­tual pi­lots and lead­ers from the Se­cond World War.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play in the Pro­gram Room at the Tim­mins Mu­seum: Na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre un­til Thurs­day, Nov. 15.

Ron GreCh/THE DAILY PRESS

His­tory en­thu­si­ast and crafts­men Lorenzo Jal­bert, of Tim­mins, re­turns to the Tim­mins Mu­seum with his mech­a­nized mod­els ships, tanks, and air­planes from the Se­cond World War. The pub­lic is in­vited to view and speak with the artist him­self, who will be present through­out the ex­hi­bi­tion which will be on dis­play in the Pro­gram Room at the mu­seum un­til Thurs­day, Nov. 15.

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