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Farewell Siderius
JPTRR
Staff MemberManaging Editor
RAILROAD MODELING
#051
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Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
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AeroScale: 3,175 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 07:44 AM UTC
With immense sadness that I tell that my dear friend Russell Anderson, "Siderius" on KitMaker, passed away this morning after a sudden illness. His sister was by his side.


Russell was a dedicated 1/72 aircraft modeler. He was one of a handful that models general aviation and airliners. Last autumn he worked hard to make the Bays Mountain Model Show come to fruition. Russell was also a walking encyclopedia of Star Trek and a living textbook on astronomy.

Almost every aircraft-adorned shirt I have came from Russell, as did many of my books. He could quote Ernest K. Gann and other aviation writers.

Russell was a good and loyal friend. We met some 15 years ago at Serious Hobbies; spent hours in my garage while I built my 1/32 ME 262; Finnish Buffalo; Hasegawa P-40 and many others, listening to Art Bell Coast to Coast AM and Phil Hendrie. He introduced me to the Aztek airbrush.

Russell watched my house while I was away. He took care of my pets. He and a telephone helped me keep alert while driving so many 1,000s of miles cross-country. He could recite High Flight.

Farewell, Russell.

Quoted Text

One More Roll

We toast our hearty comrades who have fallen from the skies, and were gently caught by God's own hand to be with him on High.

To dwell among the soaring clouds they've known so well before. From victory roll to tail chase, at heaven's very door.

As we fly among them there, we're sure to head their plea. To take care my friend, watch your six, and do one more roll for me.

— Commander Jerry Coffee, Hanoi, 1968.


Siderius
SgtRam
Staff MemberEditor-at-Large
AEROSCALE
#197
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Ontario, Canada
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 08:05 AM UTC
Fred

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, and our distant friend. I do recall communicating with him via posts a few times, and I can say he will be greatly missed.

Kevin
CReading
#001
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California, United States
Joined: February 09, 2002
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:04 AM UTC
My deepest condolances to Siderius' friends and family.

Charles
retiredyank
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Arkansas, United States
Joined: June 29, 2009
KitMaker: 11,610 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:08 AM UTC
I can sympathize with you. I have recently lost two family members. Mr. Anderson's family and friends will be remembered in my prayers and toasted with my friends. May all realize that a man, of his caliber, must surely be in a better place.
FAUST
#130
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Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Joined: June 07, 2002
KitMaker: 8,797 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:16 AM UTC
My condolences to mister Andersons Family and friends and condolences to you as well Frederick

Sadly I did not know the man very well. He was very complimentive on my Horton built and that was really appreciated. May he rest in peace.
md72
#439
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Washington, United States
Joined: November 05, 2005
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:20 AM UTC
This is terrible news, I really enjoyed 'chatting' with him here at Aeroscale. RIP Siderius.
tinbanger
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Ontario, Canada
Joined: February 04, 2008
KitMaker: 2,507 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:47 AM UTC
RIP Russel.
Richard.
russamotto
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Utah, United States
Joined: December 14, 2007
KitMaker: 3,389 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:31 AM UTC
Fred, I am sorry for you and the Anderson family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I enjoyed seeing his work and sharing occasional comments with him.
05Sultan
#037
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California, United States
Joined: December 19, 2004
KitMaker: 2,870 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 03:36 PM UTC
Terribly sad news.prayers of strength for his family. really enjoyed his builds as they were unique in subject and perfectly rendered.
Aloha Siderious
Grauwolf
#084
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Quebec, Canada
Joined: September 14, 2005
KitMaker: 2,485 posts
AeroScale: 95 posts
Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 04:58 PM UTC
Really sad to loose a member of Kitmaker Network.

Condolences to family and all who knew him.

Tomcat31
#042
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England - North East, United Kingdom
Joined: November 18, 2006
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 09:42 PM UTC
Our Condolences to Russell's family and friends. He was always willing to help on aeroscale and was always had a postive with his comments on members works.

RIP Russell you will be missed by all. Clear skys and tailwinds.
AussieReg
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AUTOMODELER
#007
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Victoria, Australia
Joined: June 09, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 01:12 AM UTC
Sad news indeed, Russell was a much liked member of the Kitmaker family. As Tomcat said, the only negative words I ever saw from Russell were self-criticisms. He was always positive and supportive of others.

Condolences and best wishes to the Anderson family, and to Russell's friends.

D
Jessie_C
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British Columbia, Canada
Joined: September 03, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 08:33 AM UTC
I'll miss his enthusiasm and efforts to bring our community together. Fair winds and following seas, Russell.

Fred, please pass along the condolences of the Aeroscale staff. Russell made Aeroscale a better place, and we're poorer for his absence.
windysean
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Wisconsin, United States
Joined: September 11, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 10:11 AM UTC
That is bad news. I'm very sorry for his loss. My condolences too.
Sincerely,
Sean
Mcleod
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: April 07, 2010
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 10:49 AM UTC
So young; its difficult for me to comprehend. Bless you Russell, and thanks for being our friend.
thegirl
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: January 19, 2008
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:04 PM UTC
I'm truly going to miss you Russell , God bless you for all that you have shared with us ..


Blue Sky




Terri
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New Hampshire, United States
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Posted: Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:12 PM UTC
I am so sorry to hear about such a loss to our community. I remember Russell well from his time on the site. My condolences to his family and loved ones.

This has been a hard week for many as I just learned that my long-time neighbor lost his wife recently to a sudden illness as well. For those who are even dealing with what they think are just colds or flus, take care of yourselves and get lots of rest and sleep (he says at 1AM and coughing up some wonderful stuff in his lungs from my 4 day old cold).

Yeah... yeah... physician heal thy self. Seriously though guys and gals, take good care of yourselves.

Best wishes,
Jim
ludwig113
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Saturday, February 01, 2014 - 11:52 PM UTC
RIP
JPTRR
Staff MemberManaging Editor
RAILROAD MODELING
#051
_VISITCOMMUNITY
Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 03:22 AM UTC


This is Russell's resting place, up a hill from the airport. The view is almost straight down the runway and clearly visible from the ATC tower, where a friend of Russell works.
betheyn
Staff MemberSenior Editor
AEROSCALE
#019
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England - South East, United Kingdom
Joined: October 14, 2004
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 03:35 AM UTC
Very sad news indeed, Russell will be missed. My condolences to all his friends and family.
Andy
Mcleod
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Alberta, Canada
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 05:53 AM UTC
Everything about this is so sad. Russell has a fitting final resting place, though, for a man who loved airplanes.
Thanks for posting, Fred.
Merlin
Staff MemberSenior Editor
AEROSCALE
#017
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United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 07:19 AM UTC
Thank you for posting this Fred.

I was shocked and deeply saddened to read such dreadful news. Since he joined, Russell was at the heart of what makes our community so great with his boundless enthusiasm and willingness to share. He will be deeply missed.

My sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

Rowan
JackFlash
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Colorado, United States
Joined: January 25, 2004
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Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - 03:34 AM UTC
Blue Skies Russell. You will be missed. My thoughts and prayers for his family.
North4003
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Alabama, United States
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Posted: Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 12:51 AM UTC
My condolences to the Anderson family. Russell's presence will be dearly missed.
FalkeEins
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England - South East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 06:05 AM UTC
..been away for a while - only just learnt of Russell's premature passing - what terribly sad news. He was a true gent, a great 'enthusiast' and was always quick to praise with a kind word, as he would for all 'aeroscalers' as we know..

my sincere condolences to his family & friends here, especially yourself Fred...