PROUD SOLDIERS PAST AND PRESENT
One Sixth Scale Military Action Figures, Historic and Contemporary Uniforms, Weapons and Other Models.
The Hutchinson County Museum’s Annual Christmas Exhibit will feature one sixth scale military action figures in period uniforms with weapons, and other scale models from the collection of Greg Thompson on display from December 5 – December 28, 2011.
The military action figures represent uniformed soldiers from ancient Egypt, Crusades, Knights, World War II, Indians in full regalia, Civil War, Vietnam, and modern American military as well as many other eras. A one sixth scale TOW missile, horse drawn Napoleonic cannon, and other weapons will be on display. Greg is also sharing his collection of one sixth scale motorcycles.
Greg has been collecting and creating uniforms since his interest in GI Joe’s in 1964.
He creates many of the historic and contemporary uniforms from period pictures and from kits as well as original creations that are handmade as were the uniforms of yesteryear before sewing machines and sergers.
“I enjoy watching children as they view the collection with wide eyes and exclamations of golly and wow. I want kids to know that history is more fun than Facebook,” says Greg.
He is the son of Sam and Jeannean Thompson, long time Borger residents who owned Allstate Insurance and H&R Block providing insurance and tax services for citizens and businesses.
He worked in the family H&R Block Tax office from 1991 until he took over the business in 2000 when Sam retired. In 2005 he and his wife Michele, office manager, moved the H&R Block office to 601 W. 3rd in Borger, the former Ms. P’s dress shop.
The Thompsons have two children. Eric Thompson is a student at the University of Chicago majoring in Economics. Rachel Thompson is a Senior at Borger High School, President of the National Honor Society and is interested in cultural anthropology.
“They are really great kids who work hard, we are very proud of them” says Greg.
“I enjoy displaying uniforms as a tribute to current military. They have my greatest respect, admiration and gratitude” says Greg.
On Monday December 5 after the Christmas Parade, Friends of the Museum will have the drawing for the Larry Dyke print. A few prints are still available for purchase and will make great Christmas Gifts. All prints currently available are signed.
The museum is handicapped accessible, no charge for admission, donations are appreciated.