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Rodney J. Williams
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Two unfinished airliners.

November 13, 2019 · in Aviation · 7 · 1.4K

I ran out of time to finish these 2 airliners due to the fact that someone bought our house that was "for sale." I helped my wife, son and a grandson pack up our household items in a big moving van and drove out of our driveway on December 21, 2016 which was covered with 2'/650mm of fresh white snow.

I had the idea that I would finish them here in California after we settled into our new home in April, 2017. They will not get finished and none of my old San Jose model friends want them.

I always attach the same amount of "b-b's" on both sides of the fuselage as this method balance's out the nose gear. Both of the models were easy to build with next to no fit problems. Out of the 288 models in my collection, these two are the only unfinished ones. With these horrible shaky hands I'm not about to try and finish them..sad, but that's part of life. RJW...

They were bought from "Scalehobbyist Models," which are located in the Eastern part of America. I delt with them from 2004 to 2016 and never had any problems.

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  1. A real pity they wont get done, age is no modellers friend, I see that my glasses are getting thicker as the years go by.

  2. I was 46 years old when I got back into modeling. I wore only glasses for distance driving. Within a few years I got 3 pair of glasses. One for every day looking, then one to use on the computer and the last close-up glasses were for building models. I added two more glasses to the building process.

    At 88 yrs, I don't use any of those model building glasses

    YES! Old age sure does a number on you...RJW

  3. Oh man. I'm sorry. That's a little wierd thinking how they are the only unfinished ones. If you would like them done, I'm sure if you sent them to someone here on this site, they would be more than glad to complete that collection. And if not, that's ok too.

  4. That sounds interesting, however I'm not sure where all the extra parts are, including the decals. I have about 90 2'x3' covered plastic boxes in this room where I have my p.c. with the name of each model that's in the box, but the rest of said parts/decals are not with the models...ho-hum!

  5. I have always admired your work. These two liners are no exception even though you haven't finished them up. I completely understand your reasons why you no longer build models. I had a very good friend of mine who worked alongside us as a paramedic for a local ambulance service. His hands shook so bad that he could no longer start an IV on his patients. As much as I liked my friend, I wouldn't want him coming after me with a needle !

    I can only imagine how it must affect you. Sorry...

    I have been using glasses and a large magnifying light to build my kits for about 5 years now. I have lost most of my "up close" vision now. So I sold off all of my 1/72 scale kits for this very reason. Now I limit myself to 1/48 and 1/32nd scale for aircraft, and 1/35 scale for armor. Anything smaller, and I just can't see it anymore... The downside to larger scale modeling is that it takes a lot more room to display your builds.

    Getting old Sucks.

    But it beats the alternative... 🙂

    • JUST a few more years you may get shaky hands like me...then everything is over. You will have to buy "slip-on" shoes 'cause you can not tie your shoe stings.The hands will cause you to go nuts trying to wash your body in the shower. Don't sit in a tub, cause the shaky hands may make you shout out..."HELP" cause you can not get up with the hands shaking all over the place. Then try opening one of your plastic/metal bottle top's. The list goes on forever...I know...I'm there. I'm still happy and not depressed...RJW

      I got a couple more things to post in the aircraft list, then I'll go over to the auto and armor divisions and toss in a few models, how about a ship or two, including PT-109? or a couple of Dinosaur's?

      Thanks to all for your comments...much enjoyed! RJW

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