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Photoetch pioneer Fred Hultberg is dead

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#1 SkyKing



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:42 PM

Frederic Hultberg, proprietor of Fotocut, and known by his email signature, "oletcherfred," died last September at age 70. In association with the late Harry Woodman, Fred developed sheets of photoetch details for World War I aircraft models in the 1970s, and expanded the line to include photoetch details in other scales for specific models as well as sets of generic photoetch products.

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#2 Iain (32SIG)

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:51 PM

Oh no...


That's really sad news - I didn't know that he'd passed away  :(


One of the hobby's great characters - I used to converse with him via email and he always managed to make me smile.


Blue skies Fred.


Thanks for letting us know Michael.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:51 PM

He used to post here from time to time. I still have some of his P.E. goodies here. He seemed to be a nice fella.

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:59 PM

Wow, that's sad news.  Fred was a great guy.  Honestly, I would have thought he was older than 70 by now, but I guess when you're young everybody looks old :)  He was truly a pioneer.

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:05 PM

Fred lived a couple of hours from me; I drove to meet him about ten years ago.  He was quite the haracter, and his Foto-Cut sets were nice. I still have a few of them in the stash.

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:18 PM

sad very sad RIP
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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:26 PM

This is indeed sad news. Fred was a regular here for a long time, but seemed to fade off a couple of years back.


Vale Fred.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 09:32 PM

I'd never heard of this man. Sad to learned he died however. :(

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Posted 14 February 2017 - 11:04 PM

A pioneer, and he will be missed. R.I.P.

in progress:

 1/32 Hase Me-109G2/R6
1/35 Su-85/ winter- attach to base
1/32 DH-9a USMC- Delivered to Flying Leathernecks Museum, MCAS Miramar
1/32 Mig-3:winter paint and weathering: in progress and base
Yacht America need some parts.

I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place...
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Posted 14 February 2017 - 11:13 PM

Very sad news. May he rest in Peace



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:11 AM

That is sad news! I got several sets from him; a character, and did nice work. RIP Fred!

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:16 AM

Oh man. That's such sad news. I had several conversations with Fred over the years. Such a nice guy.


Remembered fondly



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Posted 15 February 2017 - 01:31 AM

Sad news. I have used bunches of his parts. A staple of Jerry Rutman's kits over the years.


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Posted 15 February 2017 - 08:44 AM

That's a real shame! I chatted with Fred a few times on here years back, and as said already, quite a character. Must admit, I didn't realise what a pioneer he was. Got a couple of his 1/24 sets for the Airfix 109E...fantastic photo etch sets! 


RIP Fred! 


Best regards;

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 09:40 AM

I read his bio. he had a Ph. D.in Mathematics .. Intelligent gentleman who loved all things Photo etching and sailing.

May he rest in Peace .

sad loss.

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