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A Very Sad Day - Passing of Dr. Charles Metz

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He certainly did Jack, though I don't think he completed one for many years. I have it on good authority that he was toying with both the Dragon Bf 110 kit and the Hobby Boss Il-2 not so long ago. In the meantime, here's the only sample of one of his models I could find:

 

A6M2-N Rufe

 

There are others lurking on the forum somewhere, but tracking them down is a challenge. Charlie never did a build thread, nor did he post anything in RFI; all examples of his work are like the one above: intertwined with other threads, and used as examples to illustrate one of his explanations.

 

Kev

 

I also remember he posted pictures of his Ju-87B on the one or other occasion.

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While I did not know Charlie personally, he was a great help in some instances, and a powerful force for sanity, reasonableness and scholarship here on the forum. My prayers are with his family.

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Like many others here I never knew him personally, though we did exchange e-mail a few times on model related subjects. I always read his comments, both here and on HS as the man was a fountain of wisdom and a voice of moderation, as well of encouragement. He will be missed very much but I know that he'd want us to carry on and build, research and further the hobby he loved so much. If nothing else, grab a 109 or 190 and add to the 'Fallen Comrades' GB in his memory.

 

 

High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there

I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,

I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew -

And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod

The high untresspassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee

No 412 squadron, RCAF

Killed 11 December 1941

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Very fitting, my friend !........Harv :(

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He will be missed very much but I know that he'd want us to carry on and build, research and further the hobby he loved so much. If nothing else, grab a 109 or 190 and add to the 'Fallen Comrades' GB in his memory.

 

This is precisely what I have in mind...

 

I have abandoned the Me 163A Komet until I can obtain more accurate data, and my Bf 109G-12 conversion is not really fitting for such a GB - however, I now have new purpose, so I have something more fitting in mind.

 

Excellent and fitting verse Vaughn.

 

D.

Edited by Derek B

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Did he actually build any kits, would be nice to show them, though i can't remember seeing any in the past.

 

I asked him about this once and he supplied a couple of photos of his office with several built kits on the shelves.

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While deeply saddened by Charles' passing, I too cannot say that I'm shocked...

 

Very simply the most decent human being that I ever met through this hobby. Doc will be missed. I knew for a long time his illness was terminal and yet it does not soften the blow.

Pancreatic Cancer is an insidious and aggressive disease, and he would have been fully appraised of the prognosis. However I derive great comfort that Dr.Metz would have been offered the very best care available, and that his last days were pain free and spent with those he loved. When the battle is lost, this is the most important outcome possible.

 

Rest in peace Charles,

S.

Edited by Wumm

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As it happens Charlie was admitted to a program designed to test the effectiveness of an experimental new drug, but found out too late that he had been placed in the control group, and had only been receiving the placebo.

 

Kev

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Thank you for that update Kev,

As is the random nature of Cancer itself, so are the chances of being amongst those chosen for the control group. However Charles would have known this was a possibility, and it's fitting that he was contributing towards us learning even in his final days.

Very often, a placebo coupled with a possitive attitude can be just as effective as the cure on its own. And my prevailing memory of Charles will always be of his positive attitude towards all things.

S

Edited by Wumm

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Only just heard about this at our club meeting this evening.

 

Haven't read anything above, but for me it feels like the of the 'old guard' and elder statesman of the hobby has passed. Never knew him personally, but no-one could be anything but impressed with his passion for helping other's with their research and the deep well of knowledge from which he drew.

 

He was also always so gentlemanly and utterly reasonable in his dealings with everyone else, always an example of the highest calibre to the rest of us. Feels like the end of an era in some ways, I suspect he will be remembered for a very long time in the fora that were his stomping ground...

 

Here's to you Charles...

 

Matt

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Though it doesn't ease the pain of his passing much at all Charlie did manage to dodge a bullet only a year or so ago. We were lucky not to lose him then and I for one never forgot how lucky we were to still have him, even more so helping us on staff. I suspect even though some of us knew he had a nasty form of the Big 'C' his character was such that one could almost begin to hope beyond reason.

 

One thing is for sure though. Charles certainly did understand just how much he meant to a lot of us.

 

Matty

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I am really getting to hate cancer. As I get older I find it is taking so many of my friends.

Good bye Charles, I hope you have a great library on the other side for your pleasure.

Stephen

 

If I ever agreed with you, Steve, then this is it.

 

Well, if the heaven is close to what we loved here he surely is sitting at the bench looking through some heavenly books or magazines.

May he rest in peace.Not knowing him in person but selfish as I am I will surely miss him on this site, my life became smaller again.

 

Jozef

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