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I'll probably get yelled at :) , but there are so many who participate here, that may not know about this :lol: . This is on another topic, but I see no response in almost two weeks. So anyway, I guess I'm bad :lol: .

If your in the KANSAS area, please stop bye to say Hi to my buddie BOB. He took a few things from our SABA club, including a few things of mine. BOB enjoys to schmooz, so give him some love !!!!!!!!!!! :rolleyes: - LOL

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I have always wanted to meet Bob in person! I have exchanged a few emails with him while we was on the 'other' forum and he sure is a very interesting guy with great knowledge in model cars & ideas! Of all the times that I could of got that chance, gas prices & water pretty much killed this trip..maybe next time! :unsure:

No reason for anybody to yell out you in here for spreading good news tho! I appreciate it Dave! :unsure:

In case your not sure who I'am in here, I go by FreightTrain over 'there'. :rolleyes:

~ Jeff

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I have always wanted to meet Bob in person! I have exchanged a few emails with him while we was on the 'other' forum and he sure is a very interesting guy with great knowledge in model cars & ideas! Of all the times that I could of got that chance, gas prices & water pretty much killed this trip..maybe next time! :unsure:

No reason for anybody to yell out you in here for spreading good news tho! I appreciate it Dave! B)

In case your not sure who I'am in here, I go by FreightTrain over 'there'. :lol:

~ Jeff

Hey ( FreightTrain :rolleyes: ) How are ya.

Good to hear from you"over-here" - LOL :unsure: Sorry you won't see BOB. Very COOOOL guy !!!

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He's tha TALL, Skinny guy.....might still have spray paint on himself from when he exploded that rattle can last year..... :unsure:

Here's what ol' Bob looks like.....

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He's tha TALL, Skinny guy.....might still have spray paint on himself from when he exploded that rattle can last year..... :unsure:

Here's what ol' Bob looks like.....

BobPaeth-1.jpg

I WANNA READ THE REST OF THAT ARTICLE....... VERY INTERESTED NOW. IT SUCKS BEIN SO NEW TO THE WHOLE CUSTOM MODEL CAR WORLD!!!!! You guys know so much and I wanna know it too.

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I was there at the Heartland show and got Talk with Bob.. we met some time ago at the NNL In Portland and again for two straight years at the NNL west.. He grew up In the City Next to the one I grew up In California.

Had a Great time talking and Kibitzing with Bob.

He brought some Models from a few members from His club.. Two will be bringing home some extra Luggage for Bob to Carry.

Hope it doesn't make his ride home to bad.

Great Day..Nice to be a Part of the Modeling community that is as Kind and helpful and accomandating as we are.

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Zeb:

What a fine article. Brief and evocative, it paints a clear picture of Bob Paeth as a giant in the hobby who helped get us to the renaissance I’m convinced we’re experiencing today. Thanx for bringing it to us.

I WANNA READ THE REST OF THAT ARTICLE....... VERY INTERESTED NOW. IT SUCKS BEIN SO NEW TO THE WHOLE CUSTOM MODEL CAR WORLD!!!!! You guys know so much and I wanna know it too.

Abe:

I’m the exact opposite. I’m a “returnee†after 40 years away from a passion that consumed me as an adolescent and young man. Filling in the gaps is greatly appreciated.

Dave:

I can only encourage you and others to share your experiences with us all. We can only benefit. Thanx again!

B.

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WOW!!! I.... WANNA..... MEET..... THIS...... MAN!!!!! He must be a LEGEND!!! SUCKS LIVIN CLEAR ACROSS THE COUNTRY FROM ALL THE COOL STUFF!!!! I can't believe I've missed out on soooo much!!! Its bad because I'm not young enough to not know this stuff!! Learn everything I must....

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Way back in the mid 70’s I went to the Portland Roadster Show. My Brother had taken 1st place here in Salem’s Soap Box Derby race and then managed a 3rd overall in the finals held in Akron Ohio. The local Derby Association was quite proud of this local boy done good (and rightly so) and so we were setting up a display for the Soap Box Derby at the Roadster show at move-in night. Two things I will always remember that warm spring evening was the noise of the hot rods being driving through the door of the Coliseum there in Portland Oregon. Back then the show was held in an underground concrete bunker like show room located under the parking lot of a huge basketball coliseum. The engine sounds, sights and smells were intoxicating to a seventeen-year-old artist/modelcar builder.

But, what really caught my attention and the second thing I will always remember was the model car contest….!!! Short of the local department store held contests, this was the biggest I had ever seen and the number of models already on the tables that move-in night still managed to blow my mind! That was the night I first met Bob Paeth! (Not to mention Bob Robinson and Ron Martinolich)

Of course, I didn’t know ol’painted thumb back then… (Must have been 1976 since Frank won the SBD in ’75) and there were no current model car magazines being published.

Anyway, I thought myself quite a model builder back then having accomplished basic wiring, plumbing and electrical details. Even did a fair bit of scratch building too…

So, the next night I brought three of my best my models to the show and of course wandered around the show some oogling the chrome, sparkly paint and use of angle hair. But it was the model car contest that really held my attention!

The night of the awards ceremony, Bob stood up on a chair and announced who had won Best Paint, Best Engine, Class awards and such. His voice was quite commanding then as it is now and needed no amplification! Bob waxed eloquent about each entry which had won and why…. The ceremony took maybe 45 minutes to an hour overall and the crowd was enthralled.

Of course I won nothing….

As I picked up my models, I flagged Bob down and he in a very grandfatherly way explained, NOT what was wrong with my 3 model cars… but what I could do to make them better!!! He also explained the points judging system they used and suggested I attend next year.

Well, I attended the next 10 or 15 contests actually, concentrating on building one car a year just for the show! The next year I think I managed a Judges Choice award and during the next 10 years even managed a couple of Best of Show awards! I cite Bob Paeth’s suggestions given to a snot nosed, nearsighted 17 year old as a major turning point in my model career.

Then one show couple of years later…Bob, Bob and Ron gathered around me and asked if I would like to join their new model car club. I couldn’t believe they wanted ME… and that fall I became the youngest member of SABA. 1980 I think… the mind is not what it used to be anymore. I now count Bob Paeth and his wife Jan two of my greatest friends and I have very much enjoyed our friendship these past 28 years.

Since 1980 I have now learned a few of Mr. Paeth’s accomplishments working for the industry at Revell, writing how-to articles for Model Car Science, Model Car and most notably for starting and maintaining the oldest continuous model car contest in North America at the Portland Roadster Show! Thank you Bob!

Oh, and if you are reading this, I hope you made it home safe! See you next meeting!

Jairus

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