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Thank you SA for an enjoyable medium to share and discuss from an o-l-d modeler!

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  • Member since
    January 2011
  • From: Chico, CA
Thank you SA for an enjoyable medium to share and discuss from an o-l-d modeler!
Posted by Wick Humble on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 1:43 PM

I'd just like to thank you, Scale Auto Magazine, for an enjoyable medium to share and discuss from an o-l-d modeler!  It's my 73rd birthday today, and I' m retired (one would hope so!) and enjoying 'restoring' my model collection projects from the early 'sixties -- mostly.  I've enjoyed contact from fellow builders, some good tips, and some really generous donations to help rebuild and finish kits I began over a half-century ago.  Yes, I have a lot of annual kit parts to trade; mostly wheel covers, grilles and bumpers, as I was a passionate Kustomzer in Jr/Sr High (class of '63, but I did my national service -- Army SP5--, unlike some with bone spurs) an so have unused bits left, even yet.  I've been a semi-driver, bass-player, author on automotive subjects, 1:1 car restorer, and teacher in the intervening years.  Note: I think my own thoughts, and respect those of others -- so I've been a bit 'strict' with SA content on occasions (esp. regarding accuracy about 1:1 details; often not exact!), but I do apprciate the opportunity to share and swap with fellow kit builders.  No, my passion hasn't grafted onto the lives of my grandkids -- yet -- as it apparently can't compete with the plague of 'hand-held electronic communication devices' but "one lives in hope!"  Someday, someone in the family will inherit a really nice collection of built kits, if I'm lucky.  Well, you had to have been there!  Wick,  Author of "How to Restore Your Datsun Z-Car" now coming out in a revised edition, after 27 years in print!  Yay!

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  • From: Westland, Michigan, USA
Posted by hack-n-whack on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 2:08 PM

Happy birthday Mr. Humble! Mine is this Saturday, I'll be the big 70. I wish you many more good days ahead. Nice to see you building your vintage kits again. Remember, you can't take them with you, so enjoy them while you can!   Best wishes. Tom AKA hack-n-whack 

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Posted by OldTallDad on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7:55 AM

Welcome aboard! I'm a class of '61 person that also was an SP5 despite my height.

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 8:00 AM

Happy Birthday Mr. Humble. Here's to many more.

"It would be unusual, if the unusual didn't occur."

- Steamboat Gariepy


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    May 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 4:07 AM


Belated Happy Birthday! Glad to hear you are healthy and still building... I am a youngster at only 59 but really like your words in the post. I too have tried to further the hobby through my children and grand children with little success. Thanks for your service in a very trying time; did you go to Asia during your service stint? I got out as an E-7 in the late 80's... (another story). 

Back on subject, I hope you have many more healthy birthdays ahead....


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Posted by mustang1989 on Thursday, August 23, 2018 6:18 PM

Happy birthday Wick. I'm still working on my 14 year old son who is in and out of interest with the hobby. He likes what he sees when looking at mine or someone elses build online but can't quite topple over the edge yet. Aint gonna give up though.


Being really stupid is the new smart!! 


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  • From: Chicago Il.
Posted by rickcaps55 on Monday, August 27, 2018 1:40 PM

Happy Birthday i'm 66 and started when i was 10 so it's 56 years for me i also glad we SA and MCM out there theres not many young people getting it to it any more i have tryed to get my grandson's to try but the I-phones and tablets and all the other crap is what they like and want today i have a very large collection of AMT and JoHon and Revell untouched kits frome the 60's and 70's my idea was to hold them and hope that my grand kids would find them fun when i'm gone but now i'm retired thats going to be my winter fun i will build them all till i can't no more.!!!!

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  • From: Chico, CA
Posted by Wick Humble on Monday, August 27, 2018 2:18 PM

Amazing you kept so many unbuilt kits!  Most of mine were began (1959-64 era) but stashed during college and the Army; then came grad school, marriage, kids-kids-kids, and finally the 'empty nest'.  Luckily, most of my kits were in fairly good shape, tho a number we semi-crushed in their storage cartons; most are rebuilt or modded to repair the damage.  My own two kids gave model cars a fair trial, but times had moved on (I guess!) and now my son is a Transformer giant, collecting and selling, but the grandsons have never finished the kits we began together.  The 1:1 car world, on the middle level (rods and restored) is in the same quandary: the only thing that appeal to the younger generations are super-exotics (that 99% can't afford) and the shabby, underachiever rat-rod fad. (When I build or restore a car, I like to be able to say "Look what I can do!") What will happen to our nice driver rods, and lovingly built and preserved model collections?  Don't look good, pal! 

Anyhow, it's good to have a place to share and remonisce!  Wick

  • Member since
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  • From: Chico, CA
Posted by Wick Humble on Monday, August 27, 2018 2:24 PM

Ben, thank you for the kind words!  No, the big computer in the Pentagon decided that I was of more use in Texas, though I was a common draftee of the warm-body type.  I had my B.A., and they assigned me -- to my utter shock -- to the Medical Field Service School as support staff (81E30 Illustrator) for two years.  I got SP5 and the I.B.B. Medal (I've Been to Basic), and some GI Bill for grad school; became a teacher.  As you well know, in the Big Green Machine: you go where they want you to go, and do what they want you to do. Period. It was a trying time, bro. Wick


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