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In Memorium

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  • Member since
    September, 2017
In Memorium
Posted by JimL on Friday, September 08, 2017 1:09 PM

I came to this forum to say that my uncle, Doug Blake, passed away last week.   He was a lifelong modeler interested in military armor and aircraft.   His models were meticulous in every detail, a real master.   He started me in the hobby when I was 5 years old, 58 years ago.   I know he treasued Fine Scale Modeler and has every issue going back ten years boxed on his shelf.   His attention to detail made his models the finest I have ever seen.   He wasn't one to show off, though, and so not many people knew of his talent.

I have inherited his model collection with over 200 beautifully built kits and over 400 unbuilt kits.   I don't know what to do with all the built kits, they are too beautiful to destroy but way too many to display in my home.   I wish there were someone to take them, but I have had no luck giving them away.

Doug will be sorely missed, he was a true craftsman and an even truer gentleman.

Thanks for looking in.


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  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by MrStecks on Monday, September 11, 2017 1:18 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss.  I don't really have any answers as to how to preserve your Uncle's collection of built kits.  Maybe an airport or an aviation museum would care to display them? 


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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, September 11, 2017 1:26 PM
If there is a veterans home nearby, they may take them.



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  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Monday, September 11, 2017 5:29 PM

Ditto on what Modelcrazy said above plus if you have a Veterans Hospital nearby check with them about taking the unbuilt kits. They use them for rehab for the veterans. Also, check with VFW Posts to display there. Most are happy to display modelers builds for the members to see. Sometimes, recruiting offices will display built models.

Hope that this helps. Good luck.

Jim  Captain

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 9:45 AM


 I am sorry about your loss . Losing a family member can be the pits ! Now about his stash and collection .The V.A. recreation center at your local V.A. hospital would appreciate them .The Veterans definitely would !

   The built ones ? Well there are small airports that have 24 hr operations and a lobby of sorts .You could ask if they would be interested in displaying .Do you have any aircraft related shops nearby ? I have one with at least 150 models hanging everywhere in the office and shop .

 Gifts from satisfied customers .They repair magnetos and such . Some small Hobby shops and others may be interested . Definitely try the American Legion Posts and the D.A.V post as well . Also the V.F.W. I hope this is helpful .  Tanker - Builder

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 10:56 AM

Bring the unbuilt kits to a local show and sell them at a table.Shouldnt take more then a day or two of your time.They should fetch you something depending on the kits.

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  • From: AandF in the Badger State
Posted by checkmateking02 on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 12:50 PM

Very sorry for your loss!

Nulla Rosa Sine Spina




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  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 1:08 PM

My deepest condolences, if your looking to give good homes to your uncles kits, check with the local VA, they may be interested in them for thier re-hab programs, also, ( this was mentioned I think), ask a local museum if they would be interested in displaying your uncles work.

 Sorry T. B. Didn't mean to parrot your post, fingers faster than eyes.

 Again Jim my deepest condolences.

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    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, October 01, 2017 10:53 AM

Armornut , what you apologizing fer ?

 That just means I was on the right track . Don't worry about Parroting , I have two . Saffy and Pete ! They repeat everything . Besides that meant you read my answer ! T.B.

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  • From: Winamac,Indiana 46996-1525
Posted by ACESES5 on Thursday, November 02, 2017 8:27 PM

Hey Jim try the VFW or American Leagion if anyone took them they would.Balloons            ACESES5                    

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, November 03, 2017 7:19 AM

I'm very sorry for your loss. This is one part of the hobby I do not like, when a talented modeler passes away and the work is left behind. Sadly sometimes family members simply see the kits as trash to be disposed. A while back a member posted about building a B-17 model for a neighbor who had flown in them in WWII. The neighbor passed away and his son threw the B-17 in the trash only to be rescued by the builder. 

You want those models to go to good homes where they are wanted. Just don't give them away on a whim as many people take things simply cause they are free and eventually end up in the trash.

Aside from donating to VA groups, museums, and other organizations you can always post them on Ebay. Some may bring in decent cash. I do this all the time when the display case starts to get full and the models have been around for many years. Some buyers will fork over decent cash for well built models, sometimes in the hundreds of dollars. As an example, a couple of years ago I posted on Ebay a Hasegawa 1/48 F-4B I built when it first came out in the early 1980's and sold it for around $155. I know it went to someone who who will keep it safe, at least for a few more years.

As someone suggested, another alternative is renting a table at a local model show costing usually under $20. There more than likely, you will be able sell most if not all of the models.



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