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  • Member since
    September, 2008
  • From: East Templeton Ma
Posted by streetrod on Monday, July 16, 2018 2:13 PM

It is with the greatest sorrow that I inform you all of the passing of one of the hobbies greatest modelers, president of our model club (The Classic Plastic Model Club), a wonderful, wonderful person and best of friends. On Sunday July 15th in the wee hours of the morning, Del Paone passed away. He will be missed by ALL who knew him. R.I.P. my good friend

Barry Fadden

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Monday, July 16, 2018 2:40 PM

While I may have met him back in 2011, it was only for a few minutes, however I do remember seeing a lot of his work in the model magazines. He did excellent work and a number of his builds were "over the top." May he R.I. P.

High octane

  • Member since
    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Monday, July 16, 2018 3:11 PM

Del was a master of the hobby. He could build nearly anything you put in front of him and make it look like it could drive off the table. Another phenomenal talent and a great, personable guy. Rest well Del, you've earned it.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

  • Member since
    July, 2018
  • From: Michigan, U.S.A.
Posted by Jimmy D. on Monday, July 16, 2018 9:09 PM

That is sad and a great loss to the hobby. I've never met Del, but wish I had. I've seen and admired his amazing builds in Scale Auto and it was clear that he was an absolute master. R.I.P. indeed and sincerest condolences to his family and friends. 

Jimmy D.

  • Member since
    January, 2010
Posted by dreamsinplastic on Monday, July 16, 2018 9:35 PM

So Sad....Never met Del in person..But viewed ALOT of his amazing work....R.I.P Del......JohnZ

I'm in the middle of a BIG move....From Corpus Christi TX to Tucson AZ.

NO building for awhile,til I set up my shop again !!






  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 7:54 AM

I am going to miss his booming laughter, his big smile, and his fabulous models.  His models have so much detail that you could look at one of them 100 times and find something different to look at.  I went to the NNL East twice and to the LIARS show once with him in his car and I enjoyed his company all the way down and back!.  He's a really good and generous felllow!  

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

On my bench-1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302; '67 Foose Dodge Coronet

Classic Plastic Model Club

  • Member since
    June, 2017
Posted by Robby DeGraff on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 10:47 AM

Blahhhhhh this makes me sad, I just talked to him on the phone a few weeks back and met him at NNL East. He gave me an Acura NSX brochure book for my coffee table as a gift. Such a kind, enthusiastic person. I'll miss him :/

  • Member since
    October, 2008
Posted by oldcarguy on Friday, July 20, 2018 12:58 PM

Oh C&^* !

Just when I was going to challenge him to a build . Well .del , I hope that eternal workbench is full of stuff you can use . To the Family . Del was personable and set an example .My heart and Prayers go out to you .

  • Member since
    October, 2014
Posted by Modeltruckbuilder on Monday, July 23, 2018 4:26 PM
Although I am no longer able to attend any of the shows in my area, Classic Plastic was always the one show I never missed for many years. Del and his guys always had a nice turnout, and they always had a passion for the hobby. You could see the enthusiasm among them, it was a reflection of how much they enjoyed the hobby. I wish the members at Classic Plastic all the best and my sincere condolences to the Paone family.


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