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Mar 12, 2012, 10:44 PM
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*NEED HELP* Finding Projects For Gifted Senior Builders

Hi fellow modelers. I need some help aquiring some models and supplies for a unbelievable senior center project, that I visited today.

Please read the attacthed NBC story and watch the short video that I have attached, and it will pretty much explain the man & place that I visited, and what a inspiration he is to his fellow hobbiest residents (and me)!


Think about where you'll be in your 80's and this should touch your heart. I met Al, first hand today, and he gave me a new meaning to the word....."CAN'T" He can only see with peripheral vision, and uses an electronic, digital enlarger to build projects with.

Watching these guys build stuff, was like watching model builders in the past, acting like kids, adding years to, and enjoyment to their lives. I donated loads of balsa sheet & sticks, building supplies, and hardware. I had a few kits, but didn't really have the best selection (1/4 scale stuff isn't really gonna work out)! You know, all of that stuff you keep, but know that you'll never really need!

From what I observed, it would be great to donate any stick & tissue kits (Gillows type), small airplane kits (gas is fine...they just convert them to electric), small electrics, batteries, motors, controllers, boat kits under 30", sail boat kits would be great....they take them to the park and race them!, any HO Railroad items (their building a model RR in a corner of the "Man Cave", plastic model kits, any building supplies, etc. They also built r/c windsailers, that they "race" in the parking lot!!!

If you would like to donate anything, just email me at: stevster@ca.rr.com
You can ship to me, and I will hand deliver, and tell them who the donater is (or not)
If you would like to donate to the senior center direct, I'll steer you in the right direction.

Thanks for your time. My (your) time will be there someday also.

Steve Schooler
Cypress, Ca.

Inventor Al Ladine, 83, examines one of his airplane models in the "man cave" at the Atria Woodbridge senior living community in Irvine. Ladine and his friends were building models in a small arts and crafts room at Atria Woodbridge but the women complained about the glue fumes and the sawdust so the management found a large room for him and residents to continue building radio-controlled boats, planes, land-yachts, even a solar-powered robot named Morty.
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Mar 12, 2012, 11:09 PM
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I have a couple kits I could send along at no charge. I am in the process of moving an entire household at the present time so please send me a reminder in about 2 weeks via pm and I'll gladly contribute.

Mar 12, 2012, 11:13 PM
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Hey, Tom. I will do so!
Thanks alot. They will really appreciate it.
Mar 13, 2012, 02:38 AM
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Hey Steve,

I will burn you all three CD's I have for the following:

Comet - 253 Model Plans
Berkeley - 121 Model Plans
Flyline Models - 23 Model Plans

This should keep them all busy for awhile...LOL!!!

Just resend me your address and I will shipped them out to you free of charge.

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Mar 13, 2012, 07:34 AM
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Steve, sending you a PM, will put together a package of stick n tissue kits and building supplies.
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Mar 13, 2012, 10:40 AM
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Hey Steve,
I notice in the video that the seniors do a lot stick building.
I have a box of sticks of square balsa all cut to
36 inches long that I can send.

I'll ship it out.

Bless you for caring and helping keep the seniors mind active.

Mar 13, 2012, 11:42 AM
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PM sent to Beeler
Thank you!
Mar 13, 2012, 10:33 PM
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Hey Steve,

What a nice cause.

I have a Peck Polymers (peanut scale) Nesmith Cougar I'd like to donate. It's not in perfect shape but it's a nice vintage kit that may bring back memories to someone.

PM your info and I'll ship it out to you.

Mar 13, 2012, 10:44 PM
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PM'd you, Joe

Thank you very much for the kind donation, Joe!

Mar 15, 2012, 08:57 PM
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I would be delighted to donate paint, covering, epoxy

Mar 15, 2012, 09:21 PM
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PM sent to Nelson Hobby

Thank you!
Mar 16, 2012, 02:37 PM
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Wow Steve! I Am VERY Impressed! I hope when I am old and needing some help, there is someone as kind as you are to help me out.... Anyway, we are all going to get there one day! I would like to contribute (donate) to your hobby buddies, and fix you up with glue, paints and exacto knife sets, some kit's whatever, just let me know.... Hey guys, I have known Steve for a long time now, and know he will take care of your donations in a very PROFESIONAL way.... Thanks alot Steve for what you are doing for our mentors in the hobby.... Take Care!
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Mar 16, 2012, 08:42 PM
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I sent the PP Nesmith Cougar to you today. Hopefully you'll have it Monday/Tuesday.

Mar 16, 2012, 10:47 PM
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Hi, Joe

Thank you so much for the Peck Polymers kit. One of the "new" builders at the center is going to love it. I'm sure they will rc it also. I/they really appreciate the donation. I'll let you know when it arrives.
Thanks again, Joe!


Originally Posted by 91pilot

I sent the PP Nesmith Cougar to you today. Hopefully you'll have it Monday/Tuesday.

Mar 17, 2012, 11:13 AM
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Hi Steve,
This is really cool. I have some things I can donate to the center. Shoot me an address and I'll put a box together.


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