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MODELERS and the DISABLED

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MODELERS and the DISABLED
Posted by tankerbuilder on Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:35 AM

Hi .

     I was just thinking (I know , that's dangerous ! ) . How many of you out there use your talents to help VETERANS or just ordinary folks who are disabled Gosh , I hate that word ! I too am physically challenged (you can't see it , but I am ). I used my stash to bring my hands and arms back to over ninety percent of normal  , years ago .Now they are at ninety-five percent and holding .Why ? Well ,  model building of course .This keeps my fingers and hands working normally , I just have to adjust for the shakes once in a while .

     Now , go to a VETERANS hospital . Watch the VETERANS in the recreation center trying to build something or color or paint . Watch how they do it . Then when your heart is full of  " HOW CAN I HELP " go to the offices of VOLUNTEER SERVICES and see if you can convince them they need you . You may be , as I was , successful . Then the fun really starts .

     You have to follow V.A. Rules .NO SHARPS for the patients .No REGULAR ENAMELS (acrylics only ) and no SPRAYING on V.A. grounds .Now build your training kit accordingly. Acrylics and sanding tools from your local hobby shop or beauty supply shop . Now cutters . Did you now that veterans are allowed toe and fingernail cutters ? AHA , a form of sprue cutter !

      Now paint brushes . Buy at least twelve sets of the mid - grade paint brush sets at HOBBY LOBBY or MICHEALS .Good , now you all can paint at the same time . One week painting class and the next assembly class .See , it only gets easier .You will sit there fascinated at how those fellows and ladies use prosthetics that replace hands ! Believe me you will leave with a sense of satisfaction and that you did something good EVERY DAY you do this .

  You can expand this if your local hospital has an inside therapy (recreational ) department . The patients (those who are not buried in self pity ) will respond and you will again be surprised at how eagerly they await your visit .While doing this , go to the AMERCAN LEGION post near you (I have found this particular orginization to be very receptive ) to HELPING with model acquisition whether it be donated  , opened , kits or brand spanking new ones .  This is of course for your VETERANS as you will start calling them .

      This CAN and does sometimes snowball as well .When I first started doing this many years ago I was asked to come to the community center and have a class .  these centers have of course spread out and some are " old folks centers " Sometimes they are challenged enough to try model building because it's something they've never done . Can you imagine back then (in the seventies ) when my class that had ALL bought a discounted MONOGRAM aircraft , car or armor kit and surprised me with weathered , polished or battle damaged kits when finished and I had just taught them the basics ?

 How did they do it ? It (the model building ) triggered memories that had been dormant for years . They used pictures from books and magazines to get referrences they wanted . I felt very satisfied when these folks won ribbons and plaques at the local I.P.M.S. sanctioned show and contest .After that they went wild with their building and their imaginations .What a great end to this story . VETERANS can do , so can " OLD PHARTS " like me .Give it a try if you are bored or want something challenging and rewarding to do  In the community. You may not get off to a screaming start , but bang enough doors and you will succeed . You won't be sorry .      MODEL ON ! ! !     Tanker-Builder .       p.S. I apologise if I've said this elswhere .

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  • From: Vancouver, the "wet coast"
Posted by castelnuovo on Sunday, July 28, 2013 12:33 AM

Next year I will graduate as an Physiotherapist/Occupational therapist. Lots of post stroke rehab involves rehabbing motor movements, starting from gross to fine. On practicums, so far I have just followed instructions, it wasn't yet time to introduce my ideas. Truth to be told, I wasn't even thinking of modeling as therapy but I think it is an excellent idea.

Cheers...

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  • From: Minnesota City, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Posted by FlyItLikeYouStoleIt on Sunday, July 28, 2013 1:35 AM

Wonderful Idea !! Something like it could also be done for those recovering from addictions.  I myself have traded one addiction for another. I quit drinking in December 2011. By the end of January 2012 I had built my TIE Fighter model. That wasn't even finished before I started on my kitbash / scratchbuilt TIE Rum Runner (my own design). That was closely followed by a Stuka. And so on. . . . .

I will be posting more in one of the General Discussion forums regarding model building as recovery. I'm sure that I would have fallen back under the grips of alcohol if I hadn't regained my love of model buildling. We should start to plan something to get recovering addicts into model building.

Bill.

On the bench:  Lindberg 1/32 scale 1934 Ford Coupe and a few rescue projects.

In queue:  Tamiya 1/35 Quad Tractor or a scratch build project.

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  • From: Arkansas
Posted by K-dawg on Sunday, July 28, 2013 5:38 PM

Wonderful Ideas. Perhaps I can get involved in something like that in the near future. In the mean time, our IPMS chapter streams the monthly club meeting live to our website. We have a couple of members that are handicap and/or sick a lot and cannot make it. They are able to log on and watch the meeting in real time or later at their convenience. We also have live chat going so that folks watching can comment and interact. I know our impaired folks and members over seas sure appreciate it.

Thanks for posting.

-Kenneth Childres

CASM

"Gott ist mit Y'all!!!"
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Posted by tankerbuilder on Sunday, July 28, 2013 5:41 PM

Hey , FLY !

You jangled a chord here .Been dry for over thirty years now . Why MODELS . ? Good for you .Just remember the old adage .GOD give me the strength ********** and you'll build great models . Yes , they are a constructive addiction though , Maybe your budget won't agree , but your heart will .      Tanker-Builder

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Sunday, July 28, 2013 5:45 PM

HI !

I found and was able to prove that constructive therapy coupled with tough love (I will NOT take ," I can't do it " for an answer ) This will , over time build back that self confidence . I truly believe that . I almost lost an arm and eye years ago .The models helped me to overcome the feelings and the sense of accomplishment gave me strength .          Tanker-Builder

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  • From: Minnesota City, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Posted by FlyItLikeYouStoleIt on Sunday, July 28, 2013 10:12 PM

tankerbuilder

Hey , FLY !

You jangled a chord here .Been dry for over thirty years now . Why MODELS . ? Good for you .Just remember the old adage .GOD give me the strength ********** and you'll build great models . Yes , they are a constructive addiction though , Maybe your budget won't agree , but your heart will .      Tanker-Builder

Tank:   Good for you as well.  Budget? I would have to buy 2 -3 kits of 1/32 scale per week to even approach what I was spending on beer. Yeah, really! Models are soooo much cheaper than drinking and I've yet to flush any of THEM down the toilet.

Bill.

On the bench:  Lindberg 1/32 scale 1934 Ford Coupe and a few rescue projects.

In queue:  Tamiya 1/35 Quad Tractor or a scratch build project.

  • Member since
    August, 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Tuesday, August 06, 2013 8:13 AM

The beautiful part :

You can see what you've done and improve on your skills .Can't do that with the suds , right ? I have so thoroughly enjoyed building models I shared my skills .Talk about a high ! Wow ! NO hangover and the next day I felt GOOOOOD . Your are right though , on trading one addiction for another . Just ask my shelves in the garage and closet !  Tanker-Builder

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