WAR & PEACE
The T.F. Monti Private Model Collection
Born on June 29, 1915, T.F. Monti has lived in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi all of his life. He was a devoted husband for 70 years, married to his Mary, until her death in 2007. Together they raised three sons and a daughter.
Over his working career, T.F.'s experiences included work in the World War II aircraft factories in New Orleans, in road and bridge construction, and lastly as a field and mapping engineer with Coast Electric Power Association until his retirement in 1974.
He began his model making in the mid-1930's crafting his airplanes from strips of wood, covered with paper, then "doped" and painted. In the early 1950's, his son, Tom, won a contest at Kern's dime store on Main Street. The prize was a model of the USS Missouri. It was PLASTIC. Tom asked his dad to help him build the model. This was the beginning of a hobby which has spanned over 50 years. Although none of those wood and paper models exist today, T.F. has built a collection which now numbers approximately 4,000 airplanes, rockets, tanks, jeeps, ships, automobiles, trucks, horse drawn wagons, fire engines, and an assortment of strange and wonderful figures.
On Saturday, September 26, 2009, T.F. Monti passed away at the age of 94.