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Old 01-15-2016, 06:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi gang,
My model is now on display at the Comox Air Museum. It is in the support area and near an airport display complete with ATC chatter, talking to the CC-137 and other aircraft. It is a real cool feeling to see it, with the airport and the chatter. The model is on a winch (as they all are) and can be lowered for dusting. It is in "just" the right light, at the right height, so it is close but can't be touched. Hard to capture it on an IPhone camera. This is a great museum BTW if you are ever on Vancouver Island. Lots of real airplanes outside on display.
If you zoom on the Airport display you can see the Georgia Strait and the Pacific coast cascade Mountains. The CC-137 used to make 3 stops a week at the Comox Air Movement Unit (AMU) to pick up personnel and fly back East with stops in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Halifax and Greenwood. It was a brutal day of travel if you did the entire trip (Comox CYQQ to Greenwood CYZX), which I had to do on many occasions.


This model is on a Verkuyl 1:50th blank. I do have 3 more in my private collection, one painted in the same livery, one in TAP and one in LH. The last two are originals.


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Old 01-15-2016, 07:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice - and an important part of history as well.

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An outstanding model AL! Did you donate it or sell to the museum?
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An outstanding model AL! Did you donate it or sell to the museum?
I donated it. I feel that I have to leave something behind. My health is so so, and I can't take them with me :-)
It is hard to give a museum anything, as most have a theme. The Comox museum will only accept models that flew in RCAF colors. So I had to paint this one myself.

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Greetings Al,

Happy new year to you and hope all is well.

It's a great models and a noble jester to donate that model to the museum.



Bravo!

Thanks for sharing the pics and will chat with you soon.

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Very nice to see the model where it belongs Al. It is a work of fine art. Well done!

In chatting with you last year, you cemented the idea in my head to do something similar with some of my models. I was also very surprised recently to learn that museums are challenging to place items for donation for when after I step off the curb and get hit by an Airbus. While putting together a succession plan for my small collection, I have had zero success with even having any museum return my calls or emails. I was hoping to have a detailed list for the Executor to follow after cleaning up the skid marks on the ramp. I realize museums are run by volunteers and Boards of Directors, but I thought they would be more enthusiastic. Guess my collection isn't as interesting as I thought. I'll just have someone put them out on the curb with a "Free Kids Toys" sign.
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That's a lovely piece of work Al, you must be very proud. Back in the 1980s, we used to see those 707s at LGW. Some of the best looking 707s around.

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Very nice to see the model where it belongs Al. It is a work of fine art. Well done!

In chatting with you last year, you cemented the idea in my head to do something similar with some of my models. I was also very surprised recently to learn that museums are challenging to place items for donation for when after I step off the curb and get hit by an Airbus. While putting together a succession plan for my small collection, I have had zero success with even having any museum return my calls or emails. I was hoping to have a detailed list for the Executor to follow after cleaning up the skid marks on the ramp. I realize museums are run by volunteers and Boards of Directors, but I thought they would be more enthusiastic. Guess my collection isn't as interesting as I thought. I'll just have someone put them out on the curb with a "Free Kids Toys" sign.
All the collections are worthy of being seen. But, like you mention, museums are picky and they have to be, or it would go crazy. I get it when one of our member here has nothing but LH models. I wish I had done that. My models are all over the place. Yesterday I offered a 1:43th P3-A by Topping to the Comox Museum (the one you see flying on the news over soviet submarines during the Cuban crisis) and they turned it down. Didn't fit the theme, although it used to fly in and out of Comox from the Whidbey Island naval air station, just down the road.
When you speak of free toys for young kids, it isn't that far out. I have helped 2 young boys and one girl start out in model collecting and air brushing, model making etc.......And I have another grand son who will be five soon and if I am around I will (try to) pass some of my skills on to him (I hope!). He has 6 or so models hanging or on display in his room and he understands, even at that young age, that they are "not" toys. Just the concept of collecting and display. You don't have to give them your best stuff. We all have models that we are tired of looking at but not worthy of the time to put them on Ebay. Why not give them to a young kid and maybe start him on something. If it works it works and if it doesn't who cares.
As for the refinishing, model making and air brushing, I think it is a dying art. Kids have too much other interests today to start gluing plastic together. Game Stations, IPADS, Iphones and TV etc.........Just saying!!

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Thanks Al- I was just being a tad facetious & silly because I was frustrated that the Smithsonian won't take my models. Hmmmppppttt. Joking.

I do actually have a couple of backup plans and would never put them on the curb. I was just surprised that museums are so challenging to donate or bequeath items too. My perception was they were always looking for items and they would sell what didn't fit into their collections to fund the rest of the museum. There are schools with aviation programs, the local flying club, and some other educational places who may appreciate a gift in kind. Lots of researching and decisions for me to consider. Thankfully my collection is small.

I would cherish the opportunity to have you teach me how to airbrush Al. I think thats a grand idea for you to get your Grandson interested. Perhaps start him with a cool design on the game station outer case. He's very fortunate to have you to do that for him. I like your idea of passing some models to the kids as keepsakes vs toys.

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Happy to read and see that this great model is now in the museum.

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