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The model world loses another

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  • Member since
    January, 2017
  • From: Northeast Washington State
The model world loses another
Posted by ExtremeTeam on Thursday, September 21, 2017 2:02 PM

I write this with a lot of emotion running througn me but yesterday, the model world lost another lifelong member and a person who I am honored to have as a friend, mentor and inspiration for the last 40 years.  Tom Frisque took me under his modeling wing when I was 9 years old and inspired me not only in modeling but life in general and being a good person.  He spent countless hours teaching me about modeling and World War II aviation (I am sure I drive him crazy at times as a youngster Smile) all the while being a friend, teacher and mentor.  

He was a lifelong modeler who built the most amazing and detailed 1/72 World War II aircraft and he did this without the use of normal hands (an accident while in the military damaged his hands significantly).  He had such a passion for modeling and World War II aviation that he built a business, Aviation Usk, with his own line of aircraft kits which him, his wife and family members ran for many years.  Additionally, he also had other projects related to World War II aviation such as editing and publishing the book "Aces and Wingmen II".  Tom was one of the most gifted and sincere individuals I have ever met.

He had many other passions and lived life to the fullest.  He was an avid drag racer (many amazing cars), stamp collector, teacher and positively effected the lives of everyone he came in contact with - I know how much he effected mine and I am blessed to have him as a friend for so many years.

I am honored to be asked to protect and display his collection of built 1/72 scale World War II aircraft, a duty I am proud to accept.  I find comfort and a lot of responsibility to ensure his collection stays complete and displayed.  I know my friend will always be with me and always remain an inspiration in not only modeling but being a good person with strong beliefs.  There is so much more I can write but at the moment my emotions are getting the best of me. 

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:00 PM

That’s a great story and it's good of you to keep, show and continue his legacy.

My only wish is to be thought of in that way of having a positive impact on others.



1/35 Hobby Boss Fieseler Storch
1/72 Hasegawa Nell
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  • Member since
    March, 2007
  • From: Northeast WA State
Posted by armornut on Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:04 PM

As always Brad I'm just down the road. Hang in there, it will get better. See ya at Moscow? Definitly the next meeting.

we're modelers it's what we do

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:46 PM


As always Brad I'm just down the road. Hang in there, it will get better. See ya at Moscow? Definitly the next meeting.

I definitely remember Aviation Usk. Sorry to hear of the founder's passing. Thanks for sharing your story about him.

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; Revell Of Germany 1/144 Boeing E-4B Airborne Command Post

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Thursday, September 21, 2017 7:48 PM

Sad that a lot of the great modelers are older guys and we're losing them everyday.

Thanks for letting us know.

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen


  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:20 AM


 I know what you mean . John Tilley will always be with me . Every time I set up my 12 meter to sail on a local lake . His help made it a super R.C. Model . And she looks good on a shelf too .Thanks to John .   T.B.

  • Member since
    January, 2016
  • From: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Posted by Hunter on Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:43 AM

Great story, thank you for sharing and I am sorry for your lose. And it is an immense honor that you get to carry on his contribution to the modeling world.




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