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  • Member since
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I was wondering
Posted by tankerbuilder on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:29 AM
Hi : When I go away for the final time . What have I said that will cause someone to embrace this wonderful pastime we have ? There's a lot of distractions and I find many who cannot even read and understand the instructions for a simple snap-kit ! Are we , the makers of history in miniature and that's all modelers , doomed to be forgotten by society ? Yes , Charlie this is morbid to some . Why should it be though ? Like the Auld Phart who kicks and the kids fight over his left behind riches .I want folks to see my models as riches of a different type and go forward and fight for the one they want . Why , you might say .Well , I will be in the room , probably because of my reluctance to leave and I will help nudge the person who appreciates my model Ferrari , say to fight for it because I built it and he wants to remember me through that car and try to achieve my standards . Is that being selfish . Shoot , no ! Maybe someone will see one of my better ones in the Garage sale and think , I want that so I can see how he did it . That's a legacy !
  • Member since
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  • From: near Nashville, TN
Posted by TarnShip on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:12 PM

I don't expect any of mine to be that "eye catching",,,,about all I hope for is that someone might want the one-off weapons I make for variety's sake, for their own aircraft models.

All of the models that I have built that anyone would want are already earmarked for them. That is, if I didn't already give them to them for a birthday or something.

Gunny Vic's (Uncle) wife got an Ontos (he was an M-48 tanker, but he loved the little beasts) Tech Sgt Paul (Brother) got a Phantom Wild Weasel, Gunny Bob (Uncle) is getting all three main squadron aircraft he was with, plus a Tortuga (his first ship as a Lance), Sailer Ken (Uncle) got a Revell large scale old diesel sub (I forgot the fish name), Anne's son (the Bubblehead)  will get a nuke sub someday, if I can find one in time for his retirement  in 4 years.

I hope that one or two of my "keepers" for my collection will stand out enough that someone besides Anne will want one or a few,,,,,,but, I don't count on that,,,,,,,just that Anne will keep a Skyhawk on a shelf to "see me" with now and then,,,,,,,oh, and the model of her on a tow tractor that I built as a joke, so that SSgt Anne could see what it would have looked like if she actually had to work in her Army time, lol.


almost gone

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    April 2009
  • From: Longmont, Colorado
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:37 PM

I'm sure my son will want to keep some of my models.  The rest will go out in the garbage can.  Sad, but let's not think about that- live for today.

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: Greenville, NC
Posted by jtilley on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:39 PM

My dear wife said something the other day that moved me. We were driving by the construction site of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. (It's an enormous building; it will replace the present Yorktown Victory Center.) I said I was thinking of leaving the new museum my model of the Continental frigate Hancock (which does have a Yorktown connection).

My wife's response was, "can you write your will so the model goes to the museum after I die?"

Youth, talent, hard work, and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:09 PM

I think (hope) that two of my grandsons will want some of mine and some of the stash of kits to remember me. The rest, my wife will probably sell.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

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    September 2007
  • From: Truro Nova Scotia, Canada
Posted by SuppressionFire on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 5:25 AM

I hope to donate a few models and build a few dioramas to donate to local museums.

The vignette I recently completed 'Do not let them pass' - Joseph Kaeble VC, 1918 I hope to get to the Quebec town from which he was born.

The extensive stash of kits its hoped my 3 year old son will take on the torch one day and enjoy the hobby as well.



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Posted by DURR on Sunday, June 15, 2014 7:31 AM

i know my fam will throw out everything i own ,  models sportscards all my various forms of media any thing that reminds them of me.

they admitted it

  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, June 15, 2014 8:07 AM

I don't think about that. Enjoy the hobby now, and when the day comes, enjoy going to the big hobby store above. Angel




Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

  • Member since
    March 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Sunday, June 15, 2014 9:43 AM

Well said plasticjunkie, while I would like to live past the tri-centenial my time here is entirely out of my hands. My stash and finished models will be of no concern to me, there is a possibility that some may end up in the hands of someone who is interested in "ancient"history however most will probably end up in a waste to energy incinerator.

we're modelers it's what we do

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, June 15, 2014 2:19 PM

I'm hoping my daughter or one of my sons will want to build a kit with one of their kids in the future. I've exposed all of them to kit building while they were young.

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    April 2006
  • From: Denver, Colorado
Posted by waynec on Friday, June 20, 2014 6:19 PM

my stash will go to my model clubs. fortunately my frau and i are in good health because her family lives until their late 80s and she takes one look at my stash and told me she is going before me so she doesn't have to deal with it. that means i could, with luck, actually build 40% of them.

Никто не Забыт. Ничто не Забыт

"No one is forgotten. Nothing is forgotten."


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    November 2003
  • From: State of Mississippi. State motto: Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
Posted by mississippivol on Friday, June 20, 2014 9:32 PM

I was at a yard sale, where the grandfather had passed away the family was selling his books and kits. I missed getting 3 cases of kits for $10, but picked up some books. I think they tossed his builds. Could happen to me; c'est la vie!

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, June 21, 2014 2:33 AM

Model railroad stuff to a kids club.

Plastic models I don't care.

Wooden boat models...?

Modeling is an excuse to buy books


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    April 2008
  • From: clinton twp,mi
Posted by humper491 on Saturday, June 21, 2014 3:26 AM

WOW! I was looking for another subject, but came across this...HMMMMM tankerbuilder, I'm not quite sure what it is you are asking.  OLD FART, BOLAGNA!! sitting in your room,BOLAGNA!  Ferrari, it's nothing. when you take your knowledge, creativity, and your ability to teach others how you did that Ferrari. nudge a person along to do things they never thougt they could do.... HMMMM/ LEGACY, I"ll bid 15 cents on the car,since no one appreciates it(i'll even pay shipping) HE-HE

Humper Beam

  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Saturday, June 21, 2014 12:48 PM

GMorrison - Just thought of what to do with our wooden boat models. Take a trip to the shore. Walk out as far as you are comfortable and let them go free. Might have to drop a little weight in the bottom of the hull to keep them upright. Or, give them a viking burial.

The wife and I plan to have our ashes taken to Hawaii by our son and placed on the ocean. Maybe he can take one of my wooden ships, put our ashes into it, and let it go free. Sounds good to me. My wife loves the Scottish Maid that I built for her. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. We can sail the oceans on her for all time, or until the boat sinks, whichever comes first.

Jim Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    December 2013
Posted by CodyJ on Sunday, June 22, 2014 4:58 PM

I went to an estate sale once where there were auto models and it was pretty sad.  The guy had probably 75 awards all over the shelves and the wall.  I ended up buying many of his builds because they were so good.  I also bought over 100 Scale Auto magazines, paints, tools and many kits.  I was just so saddened that his family didn't want any of his incredible work.   :(

  • Member since
    August 2008
Posted by tankerbuilder on Monday, June 23, 2014 9:13 AM

Aha !

  There's the rub .Most of our families and non-model building friends have no idea what we did to create these items  .Many Still see them as toys .The model rail-roaders had the same problem .Now sons and daughters are saying to themselves " I wish I had kept at least ONE of Dad's models . They were so intricate ".

   On a brighter note . We can still influence a younger generation . Let's do so !  

  Tanker - Builder


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