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In Memorium

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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: Coatesville, 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: Northern New Jersey
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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