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Just had an interesting experience
Posted by styrene on Friday, September 12, 2003 9:28 PM
Just wanted to share an experience that just happended at our house a few hours ago. Yesterday I gave my 9-year old son an old Aurora LTV-A7 Corsair that had been sitting unbuilt in my attic for years. We were sitting at the kitchen table where I am also trying to super-detail a kit (hopefully in time for the Nats. in Phoenix in '04), when my 17-year old daughter comes in and sits down, and proclaims that she wants to model also. I had an old Academy Hummer that she really liked that I gave to her some time ago, so she proceeded to start on that. 10 minutes later my doorbell rings and a young man (12 years old, I think) from 2 houses down wants to play with my son. I told him we were modeling and asked him if he would like to join us. Several weeks ago I gave him a Tamiya Formula 1 Honda that I was never going to build, so he RAN back home, got the kit and sat down with us at the table. He said he didn't have any glue or tools, but I said I had enough for everybody. This boy's mother has been married several times, and the guy she's living with now is not her husband. She gave her son to her folks to raise, and has essentially abandoned him; we've befriended him through our son. Anyway, here we all are; I didn't get a chance to work on my kit much, but wound up helping everyone cut off parts, trim, sand, dry-fit and glue. And we all laughed and joked for a couple hours--with my family and with new friends. It is intersting how modeling can bring a family together to share in a common interest, and to reach out to those who probably have some pretty deep hurts; and just maybe some glue and styrene helped start a healing process.
Sorry, didn't mean for this to be so long; just wanted to throw this out.
Gip Winecoff

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Posted by berny13 on Friday, September 12, 2003 9:36 PM
You may not have had time to work on your model but I'll bet you walked away from the table with a warm fuzzy feeling. Taking time to share with young people is what it is all about. I enjoy helping young kids, especially my grand daughter work on models. Maybe it is my way of giving back to the community or trying to relive my youth. It sure is a good feeling that I would not trade for anything.

Berny

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, September 12, 2003 9:59 PM
I'ts good to hear that you had such a profound impact on other's lives, as well as your own. Keep spreading the love, Gip. I wish we all could have those kinds of experiences.

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Posted by tigerman on Friday, September 12, 2003 10:17 PM
Kudos Gip. You've made on quite an impact on the younger generation. That's better than building many kits. Wink [;)] Perhaps you can spur some interest into my kids. Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by Build22 on Friday, September 12, 2003 11:56 PM
That's great Gip,

That's all kids need, a place to go to be involved and feel like they belong. I think it's great of you to extend yourself in that manner.

Your rewards will be plentiful. (until they all want PE for their kits)


Enjoy it

Jim [IMG]
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 13, 2003 3:37 AM
Wow..What a great post..


Kiwi
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 13, 2003 4:46 AM
Wow - there really is hope for the future of modelling in the playstation generation, and its name's Gip!

Keep up the good work, with luck you'll get time to finish your own model in time for Phoenix.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 13, 2003 6:22 AM
Great story, Gip.. That'll be a day you'll always remember. And I'll bet that little boy will too.
I think I built that Aurora kit when I was a kid. Is it an A7D with retractable landing gear? I can still picture the box-art in my mind.
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Posted by djmodels1999 on Saturday, September 13, 2003 7:04 AM
Good to hear such stories, Gip. Maybe this can become a 'regular' event..?
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Posted by J-Hulk on Saturday, September 13, 2003 7:54 AM
Gip, that is a great story!
Those young folk are lucky to know such a kind and caring guy! (And have him for a dad!)
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Posted by shermanfreak on Saturday, September 13, 2003 9:23 AM
This is a great story Gip !!!!!!

I've had a similar experience in the past and it does the heart good.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by therriman on Saturday, September 13, 2003 11:51 AM
Great story. I hope it has many more chapters to it.
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Posted by styrene on Saturday, September 13, 2003 4:08 PM
Just an update. The young fellow was knocking on our door at 9:00 this morning wanting to know if he could continue working on his model car. I had to tell him that he would have to wait until after supper this evening (Sat.) or tomorrow evening. He's obviously pretty excited. My son finished his Corsair, AND an SU-85 by Tamiya this morning! He doesn't want to paint or decal yet, just build. I told him no problem! The saga continues!!
Gip Winecoff

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 13, 2003 4:24 PM
Gip,

That's a great story. Kinda puts all this stuff into perpective Shy [8)]
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Posted by erush on Saturday, September 13, 2003 9:50 PM
sniff, sniff, * wipes tear from eye * Big Smile [:D] Big Smile [:D]

Seriously though Gip that IS touching and absoutely GREAT to hear about!! Like you said you didn't get much done on your model but you accomplished a whole lot in that evening. I hope your kids and your sons friend stick with it and come to love the hobby. You should show your daughter the post of DJ's daughter Tena and let her see that other girls do enjoy it too. It might help her stick with it since most teen girls have no interest in modeling.

We want to see pix of your model too btw Big Smile [:D]

Eric
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, September 13, 2003 10:16 PM
Man that's cool!
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Posted by Keyworth on Sunday, September 14, 2003 2:17 AM
Gip, not only have you given your kids the bug, but it seems like you've given another youngster some direction and purpose. Isn't it funny how having some fun with a wonderful hobby can lead to being a role model? Great job, guy.
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Posted by lolok on Sunday, September 14, 2003 11:25 AM
Yes,nice one. Sometimes it is about being on your own and getting immersed in that new kit and sometimes it is about giving a little of what your good at. My son was never in to the hobby but listening to the guy next door play guitar started him down that road. He ended up giving him lessons & an old guitar.My wife and I bought him a Fender for his 18th Birthday and he now at 26 is a journalist for a rock music magazine and plays in a semi professional band. You never know where your good deed will end up.
Jim Ryan Ex-Pat Limey in warsaw.Poland. " MENE,MENE,TEKEL U PHARSIN"
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, September 14, 2003 3:25 PM
Good news Gip.
You have now become an ambassador for the hobby to the young.
Keep up the good work.
I was just at a model show this week end and almost went blind from the gleems in the little kids eyes when they were checking out the kits on the tables.
Get them away from the video games and they might find a whole new world of fun....
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Posted by FreedomEagle1953 on Sunday, September 14, 2003 3:35 PM
Hi ya stryrene ...

Gip ... you are a lucky guy !!! Great story ... thanks for sharing ... keep us posted !!! Approve [^]

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Posted by paulnchamp on Sunday, September 14, 2003 7:12 PM
Well done, Gip. Talk about a teachable moment! Glad you saw it when you did.
Paul
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Posted by leemitcheltree on Sunday, September 14, 2003 9:54 PM
That's a fantastic story, Gip.
You know, you might have changed the lives of those kids forever.
I got into engineering because I loved to make models. I was always interested in how the bits went together, and how the structures were built, and how they would function in real life. Modelling gave me this insight. I followed through on this interest by studying mechanical engineering at university.
These kids will have a better appreciation and understanding for 3-D representations and schematics, graphics, detail, etc etc etc.
Keep up the good work. Why not make a time every week that you all get together - you're own little modelling club. Sounds great.
Cheers,
LeeTree

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Posted by renarts on Monday, September 15, 2003 12:12 AM
Well done Gip,

Regular pied piper you are. I'm glad you are instilling the idea that working with the mind and the hands is just as important as sitting in front of the tube. And what a great way to spend quality time with your kids. Hats off to you!

Mike
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