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HONORING THE LONG-TIME MEMBERS OF SAM FORUMS

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HONORING THE LONG-TIME MEMBERS OF SAM FORUMS
Posted by 6 on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:42 PM

I'm in one of those reflecting moods. I saw a post from a member who just learned about some medical issues and thought how that has happened from time to time with long-time members here.

Many, like myself, discovered SAM while in our 40's if not older!  I came along in late 2004 (joined in '05) and was quite fascinated.  I made most of my posts before 2007 and then a lot of moves, family size increases, job changes and other hobbies thinned me out some with this hobby, which I still love very much. 

One thing that remained constant is my inventory kept growing, as I'm sure is the case with many of you.  My home filled with more and more sealed kits. 

In the spirit of reflection, I again acknowledge my inability to reconcile mortality.  But rather than being pessimistic, I turned to this and other hobbies along with some of you. 

Therefore, I'm here to honor all of you long-timers who where there for me as far back as 2004 with your advice and friendship.  I remember that many of you were around years before me!  I would love to see this post cause a sort of reunion of replies... perhaps.  I'd love to get back up with you all.  I know some have left us, some may be going through some challenges and others have been doing well. 

To all that have come along more recently, you may have already found that these long-timers are a wealth of knowledge and incredible talent. 

I hope to hear from many of you.  My prayers for many blessings are expressed for you all.

Tonight, there shall be a lot of plastic wrap getting torn off a lot of kits!!!!

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Posted by mrmike on Thursday, June 01, 2017 7:45 AM

I have been a member of the Scale Auto Forum since August 2005 and what a ride this has been!  During this time, I have watched my stash of model kits grow from a couple to 70+ kits and all have been opened and explored...not a single piece of shrink wrap on any of them!  I have watched my skill go from shoddy to really good!  I have scratched built, kit bashed, and even ventured into building a complete resin kit.  I have made many friends on this forum and have watch a few leave due to various issues that I will not go into.  

I have also told a couple of members to hit the bricks due to their lack of respect.  I would like to think that I have come a long way since August 2005.  I miss some of those who have left or haven't been able to return for what ever reason.  This is a good forum and I hope that it remains a good forum for a long time to come.  Thank you 6 for your posting!  

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, June 01, 2017 10:17 AM

Nice post 6. I joined the forum in December 2003 when it was only about 5 or 6 weeks old. I was quite new to the interenet then and it was my second model forum. When I joined my first one, Brian's Model Cars, I didn't know what an internet forum was and was elated to find such a group of model car builders in one place as my building was pretty much a solitary affair to that point. Unfortunately that site was a bit 'cliquey' and I never felt at home there. A couple weeks later a found the new SAE forum, and found it to be friendly and welcoming. I had found my modeling home. Sadly it has been crickets around here the last couple of years, but it remains welcoming and civil and is still my 'go to' forum.

Like you and mrmike, I too have watched a lot of great people come and go over the years. Some straggle back after a few years but many do not. It's a shame that the forum has lost a bit of its momentum lately, and I think there are various reasons for that but I'm not going to any of that right now.

This forum was a God send for me when I found it. Though I had remained in contact with the hobby through magazines and kit purchases, I was just returning to building after an extended hiatus (it seems most of us were). In my younger years I had done a lot of detailing and scratchbuilding with varying degrees of success, but working alone I had no one to discuss ideas with or discover techniques with. With the forum, suddenly there was a whole world of solutions to problems that I was struggling to overcome. I always believed model paint could not be stripped from plastic. Wow! That was only scratching the surface. Not to mention the incredible volume of tips and information on how to apply the paint in the first place. And that was just the beginning.

As a direct result of the fine people on this forum and the freedom with which they divulged their collective knowledge to others, the quality of my models has increased ten fold (unfortunately, so has the time it takes to build themSigh). In 2013 I finished a model of a 70 Mustang that I spent almost 3 years building. I did a lot of scratchbuilt details and employed many techniques that I learned on this forum. Despite the long time to complete, I hadn't enjoyed the building process that much since I was a young kid. It was a project of discovery for me as I learned so many new things and brought to reality so many ideas and techniques that were in my head.

I would like to thank each and every one who has contributed to this forum over the years. Each of you has played some part of the development of my model building skills. And of course, a big thank you to Scale Auto for creating and maintaining this forum that makes it all possible, and also for the magazine where I have also learned so very much over the years.

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Posted by mrmike on Friday, June 02, 2017 7:44 PM

Trevor, I agree with you about Brian's Model Cars being "cliquey".  I tried to be a part of the group on several occasions and just gave up on trying.  It just wasn't for me.  This forum has been great and I have learned a lot from the many great builders here and like you, the more detail I add, the more I don't enjoy building.  This is probably a sign that I should build more box stock or maybe cut back on the details I add.  Just keep it clean and simple!

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Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, June 03, 2017 5:13 AM

Been with this forum since day one, been a SA subscriber since June 1992. Seen people come and go, but I think we have a good core here. SA is the best model car mag out there, and currently the only one I subscribe to, have not missed a issue since June 92.

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Posted by 6 on Sunday, June 04, 2017 7:08 AM

I remember each of you from the beginning!  I remember the Brian site too.  I believe SAM will be just fine.  They were the first serious site.  They have a well known magazine and they're very active in the "industry." Jim's come a long way and he's getting it done.  When I see kids of all ages in the isles of HL or Michaels, this is the only site I discuss. 

There's another site that's grossly over managed, rules obsessive with a very tempermental founder; a complete turn-off.  SAM is always my lead location.

I'd love to see a more robust search engine and a forum for weathered or beater vehicles of all types on SAM.  (Weathering is absolutely an art form and no one has a thread dedicated to it.  I believe it's existence would generate interest and a following.) 

We used to be able to click on a member's profile and see their discussion just as we can our own. This is big because I use SAM as a research platform for my own builds and there's absolutely some pro's in given areas.  It would also be really cool if we could see our own discussions chronologically.  I belive these tweaks would have a great impact on SAM.

I remember guys like Mike K from SC (MKowa), Jeff in Atlanta, BTD - these guys were the very first with whom I communicated.  I was always so fascinated with Mike K's Photobucket shots of him in the garage with, literally, thousands of kits including a huge pile of pending re-builds that he sat behind.  It was halarious!  I miss that guy.  It wasn't surprising to see how many forum threads were started with subject titles like "What Happened to Mkowa pHD?" 

LET'S GET THIS REUNION GOING!  I'd like to hear from more of you old dogs!  I know you're out there. 

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Posted by dimaxion on Sunday, June 11, 2017 3:23 PM

I've been a subscriber since 1984 . I have a super resource in these previous issues . Subjects , sloutions and to problems not even dreamed these days fill the pages . On this site since 2006 . Thanx .. 

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Posted by Force on Friday, June 23, 2017 12:53 PM

I'm a subscriber to the magazine since 1995 and a member here since December 2004.
Nowadays I just browse here from time to time and I haven't built a model in several years.

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Posted by 6 on Sunday, June 25, 2017 7:26 AM

I'd really like to hear from some of you guys from way back.  Where's Jeff (FreightTrain) from ATL?  Has anyone heard from Mkowa - is he OK?  I was afraid to ask about him as I know he had some health issues.  Does BigTallDad still post here?  There's so many of you.  Let's go!

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:23 AM

Wow I'm from sc and I totally forgot about Mike he was in a club that I was a member of. I also am a returnee due to health and retirement and now live in socal high desert my stuffs been in storage 9plus years. But ive always kept buying kits. I'm almost now set up to build again only now I have a lathe a mill and the best work area I've always wanted. Sa e has always been a contributor to many clubs and shows I've done and started. The people I've met and associated with on here past and present have always been top notch and now this forum has evolved as the magazine has also . I never thought I'd be 1that left and returned or have health issues. But now I understand why this happens. Life. One word that describes it all. Thanks to all who have contributed and thanks for the reminder to be thankful for past friends and present ones yesterdays gone tomorrow's not here yet all I'm guaranteed is today and I'm making. The best of the day I have. And with this forum my days are Definately better

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Posted by mini man on Sunday, June 25, 2017 11:43 AM

Does anyone remember Escale models.com,it was a great site but Peter the site owner had family problems plus the upkeep of the site etc so he closed it down last year -gone but not forgotten!

 

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 3:13 PM

Guess I'm one of the "Newbees" here, but started building models in 1950.

That's right - 67 years of building and still loving it. Keeps me young, motivated and creative being able to share here over the years since 2007.

I sure do appreciate this site, Jim Haught, and all the guy's over the years that I got to know here.

I too hope many more guy's here "Chime in" Thumbs Up.

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I learn so much there.

 

 

                                     

 

 

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Posted by Wayne Farmer on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 9:07 PM
I agree with the less parts and detail the better..I enjoy box stock and painting.
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Posted by Stew on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 11:52 PM

This was just the type of post I was looking for! After dropping off the forum for several years, I'm back! I wasn't sure it was going to happen at first, I couldn't log into my account and customer service was having a hard time helping me out but we both perservered and I regained access to my user account!

First thing I just finished updating was a bunch of old posts that no longer had pics thanks to that whole photobucket situation but those are all fixed and now I'm getting my hobby room back in order.

It still might be several weeks before I'm set back up to start building again but I'm getting there, I remember several usernames from when I was last active and hope everyone's been doing well! My stash has grown slowly so I need to get back to building!

Here's a few of my builds from years ago:

On the bench: Where to begin...

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Posted by arcturus on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 1:40 AM

Funny I should read this now, I had a member called Slabbedask from Norway come and stay the week with me last week. We've known each other since we first started on here...(pre facebook!! ) . He also keeps in touch with an Swedish member called Chromecop.
One of the members I miss was FIREMODELMAN. His scratch building was awesome !!

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Posted by mrmike on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 6:35 AM

6

I'd really like to hear from some of you guys from way back.  Where's Jeff (FreightTrain) from ATL?  Has anyone heard from Mkowa - is he OK?  I was afraid to ask about him as I know he had some health issues.  Does BigTallDad still post here?  There's so many of you.  Let's go!

 

I use to communicate with FreightTrain and MkowaPHD often years ago.  But, time has a way of changing things and we all went in separate directions.  I think I heard that FreightTrain may have past away.  MkowaPHD, I heard recently that he was in a nursing home, but I don't have anyway of confirming any of these stories.  I do miss these guys and many more from the early days of this forum.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 8:50 PM

mrmike
MkowaPHD, I heard recently that he was in a nursing home, but I don't have anyway of confirming any of these stories.

Last I had heard he had been having some health issues, IIRC he was being treated for cancer?

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Posted by glenncon on Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:39 AM

I've been here since March 2004, Tempus fugit. Love you guys.

 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, August 27, 2017 10:48 AM

spencer1984

 

 
mrmike
MkowaPHD, I heard recently that he was in a nursing home, but I don't have anyway of confirming any of these stories.

 

Last I had heard he had been having some health issues, IIRC he was being treated for cancer?

 

That is a possibility.  The last seen and what I heard was he was walking around with a cane, was a very big eater, and wasn't taking very good care of himself.  I hope I am wrong as I do miss the guy.  He has a great sense of humor!

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Posted by 6 on Thursday, May 31, 2018 3:47 PM

Just checking in on the replies.  I'm surprised about the possiblity of Jeff passing.  I remember he was deaf and from ATL.  Chatted with him a lot.  I still have old messages from Mike.  I remember he used to tell very silly fiction stories that went with his builds.  It was halarious.  One time, he did a tuner build and just fabricated a story about "Ricer Ronny" who owned the car and he explained how little nuances happened, whether it be a dent or whatever.  Does anyone remember his Fotki album photos?  there was one where he was sitting in his garage with a huge pile of old builds - like really huge.  It was a sort of rework and parts pile. 

I didn't mention it but I was a subscriber in the 80's and 90's.  Built in the 70's. Layed off for years and came back in 91.  Off and on since. 

STEW:  I love that blue Mustang build.  Looks great.

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Posted by justmike on Thursday, May 31, 2018 6:18 PM

if you mean Mkowa phd or something like that, I remember his threads too. And that photo you mentioned. Been quite a few names that have come and gone over the years, thats for sure

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Posted by gramps-xrds on Friday, June 01, 2018 8:19 AM

Well I've only been on here since 2008 But it seems like forever. LOL. I'm 73 yrs old and been modeling from the early ages. Maybe the mid 50s. I've destroid a lot of kits over the yrs. I still have some of them from the early and mid 60s that I cherrish. I've met a lot of good ppl here and still have friends here like Treehugger dave. I'll do this till I die I guess.

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Posted by helipilot16 on Saturday, June 02, 2018 8:55 PM

gramps-xrds

Well I've only been on here since 2008 But it seems like forever. LOL. I'm 73 yrs old and been modeling from the early ages. Maybe the mid 50s. I've destroid a lot of kits over the yrs. I still have some of them from the early and mid 60s that I cherrish. I've met a lot of good ppl here and still have friends here like Treehugger dave. I'll do this till I die I guess.

Gramps aka Bill

 

I've been on here since 2007.  I was on the forum before, but had to change my email address in 2007, so I had to rejoin with that address.

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Posted by spencer1984 on Saturday, June 02, 2018 9:34 PM
Has anyone heard from/know anything about David Griebling aka Fury3? I heard he had stopped building due to health reasons but nothing more than that.
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Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 1:08 AM

Well I have been modeling since the late 60's and have participated in local, regional., and national contests from the 80's through early 2000's. I clearly remember times when the "after-market" really did not exist. Does anyone remember the old Auto World magazine that catered to us scratch build junkies?

On the other end of the spectrum, I also remember the building of competition models to the point that not much of the original kit remained and with hundreds of dollars in speciality vendors parts as well as hundreds of hours in a build. Then there came the politics of higher level competitive modeling which I will not go into here. Shortly thereafter I reversed direction and began modeling for personal enjoyment and comraderie; going back to the basics and the enjoyment soon returned. Now based on my skill level I am somewhere in between, building higher than normal detailed models but still for personal enjoyment (or therapy).

I have both purchased and subscribed occasionally to Scale Auto (SA) magazine since its inception. Due to my position in Federal Service, I was not authorized to participate in ANY web groups, forums, chat sites, etc.; and my affiliation in ANY club, hobby, political, or religious group was out of the question. I would always look but NEVER subscribed or responded. Now that I have RETIRED I have begun participating with all of you and enjoy it very much. 

I agree that this is definately one of the best sites with the greatest people and though I am the new (old) guy; I will strive to be a positive and active participant for many years to come. I hope to gain friends here and share our love and knowledge of modeling. That is what makes this forum and the hobby in general not only SURVIVE but also THRIVE.

Great thread everyone keep this going....

 

 

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Posted by Gluecipher on Sunday, June 03, 2018 2:27 AM

"  I remember he used to tell very silly fiction stories that went with his builds.  It was halarious.  One time, he did a tuner build and just fabricated a story about "Ricer Ronny" who owned the car and he explained how little nuances happened, whether it be a dent or whatever."

Now that sure caught my attention. Can those threads be seen today and where ?

 

I am but a slowly returning builder with shoestring budget and time to build i have, varies a lot. I am a newbie in this site, and i havent been in any other model forums before. 

I joined this specific site after spending good time stalking around, and yes i compared this to one more active biiiiig forum. I joined this due to faster and easier registration process, and because somehow i felt this is bit more wellcoming, or should i say warmer place, where i could find threads not going in to fights about is it wrong to build models that arent 100% correct to real life, with all details and proportions being like that and that. I felt here i could share my slow projects that tend to to include a made-up backing story about cars imaginated owner and such, and as i cant dont even bother to make my stuff real life accurate, i joined here where i could find few similar threads. Im not saying you guys arent Pro's, as i know you are mastering so much but im sayin its bit more relaxed here and easier to join here when im not so highly skilled. The other place seemed (imo,to me) to require me being a highly skilled to dare to get in. 

 

Sure i wish this forum to be growing ,with more more posts every day, but never turning in to tightminded.  Yet, just by searching the old threads i can find enormous amount of posts to read, all new to my eyes, when they still are "ages" old.

One thing i found very joyfull to read are ones where so many of you "old timers" write about how it was decades and decades, half a century ago to build models, or the stores you had then and such. Im heavily leaning towards nostalgy so that kinda stories really get a hold of me, and no matter how i am younger than you who can tell us how it was at 50-60-70's to live life of modeler, i can relate to it though my memories regarding models start at mid 80's. If only i could get my hands on that era's amt/ertl '32 Ford and few others i had as my first kits....but i cant.

 

 

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Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 03, 2018 7:09 AM

spencer1984
Has anyone heard from/know anything about David Griebling aka Fury3? I heard he had stopped building due to health reasons but nothing more than that.
 

I had talked to Dave briefly several months ago.  He has been going through some health issues and maybe some computer issues as well.  I heard that his current computer won't allow him to log on to the forum for some reason.

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Posted by 6 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 8:17 PM

I remember Fury3.  I was talking to him and Tubbs around the same time.  I just got back online with Tubbs over at Quartermiler.  He's an admin over there. 

Mike's (mkowa) photobucket is still up. Here's the photo I referenced:

http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/mkowa/media/bWVkaWFJZDo1NzM0OTcyMQ==/?ref=1

You can navigate throughout and be sure to check out the hobby room and model car porn albums!

I have to search for Ricer Ronny!

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Posted by 6 on Sunday, June 03, 2018 8:35 PM

I found it!  A true classic.  You can see who was posting and to my astonishment, modelcarjr is on there!  There was a special bunch on SAM back then!  Great humor.

http://cs.scaleautomag.com/sca/modeling_subjects/f/35/t/54737.aspx?page=1

 

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Posted by peanutgallery on Sunday, June 03, 2018 11:27 PM

I joined the forum in Feb. 2005. I have to agree with others, this venue has given me the most model building knowledge in my lifetime. In fact, it's like getting a free online college degree in "Model Building".

I've never attended a model contest, therefore I've never had a chance to meet any member of this forum.Other than the "Forum Profiles", I know nothing about any member. I don't know your age, gender, or religion. I don't know whether you are short,tall skinny, or fat.I don't know whether you are rich or poor. I don't know you IQ. Guess what....IT DOES NOT MATTER. We all love building model cars, that's the common bond that brings us together on this forum.

The forum reminds me of your neighborhood. You have nice neighbors and not so nice neighbors, The longer you live there the more nice neighbors you seem to loose. In many cases you wonder what ever happened to them. Yes, I too miss "The Cat 40","Space Cowboy","gratch73a:,"Hollywood Jim", "Chester", "notlezlah", "SMBC", "Snake45", "kvwildhare", and a hold host of others.

I sometimes by mistake click on a post only to find out that the topic is 12 years old.My first impression is "Who the heck is answering a 12 year old topic". But then I realize that 12 year old topic is like getting out your high school yearbook. Look at all the classmates you forgot about.

If any newer members run across postings from Mkowa Phd or Iscrima please read their remarks. These 2 members had a humorous writing ability. In fact, they could have been comedy writers.

In closing I thank Scale Auto Magazine for hosting this forum. I know it's not an easy job to keep so many different personnalities from getting out of line. Without some standards, it becomes a free for all.

I was always taught to show respect when you are a guest in someone's home

 

 

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