May 2015 be lots better than 2014 for everyone!

There was a reason the line above appeared along with holiday wishes.

Those of you who go to The Miniatures Page already know, as do those who attend the various conventions Scale Specialties visits: The founder of Scale Specialties, Norman E. Harms (my husband) left this plane of existence on 17. September 2014. He had been hospitalized since 31. August with an insidious blood disease -- fighting a battle he could not win. Being the military historian he was - it was NO coincidence that his time/date of death was 05:45 a.m. If you add the 1 + 7, you get 8 and put the 8 in between the 05 and 45 -- you have the date WW II ended in Europe.

 I could not post anything here about his crossing because emotions were too raw, and I had no concrete plan of action. Norm had 'Director of Operations' as his title on the SMS business card... and now it's up to 'Operations' to follow through. There were a number of things we talked about doing, etc. which may become realities but I cannot go into it here. Those of you who met and talked with Norm at any length, or carried on correspondence with him, or conversed wtih him over the phone, understand the breadth and depth of knowledge that has now been lost to all of us. Norm had many facets to his personality, the historian, the author, the scale model builder (from large ships to micro aircraft), professional land surveyor, designer of our decals (Auto-Cad), and most important (to me) my soul mate and light of my life.
Scale Specialties will continue and more decals will be forthcoming.  He had a number in process, and far enough along to complete. The first of these will be 300AC-GER-005 and 300AC-GER-006 - Battle of Britain parts 5 and 6 - the ME-109's.  They should be released on what would have been Norm's 74th birthday 22. March 2015.

The next group is scheduled to be 300AC-JP-004 - Bombers... and release date (hopefully) will be on 04. July 2015 - 04. July 1950 was when the Harms family left Missouri for California, and was also the date Norm retired from CalTrans in 2009 after 40 years.
I am looking at a third group for release on 22. November 2015 - what would have been our 20th wedding anniversary... but exactly which set is as yet undetermined.

In 1987 Scale Specialties published Hard Lessons, Vol. 1. Volume 2 has been typeset, and it is now a matter of locating the master computer files and with some help, getting it done.

 Regarding conventions.. Scale Specialties will be at HMGS gatherings, and the West Coaster in March in Irvine CA. Whether our presence can be manifested at Memorial Day or Labor Day somewhere will depend on things not yet cast in stone.

So, please know that all the things that Norm and I did were labors of love, for each other, for the gaming industry, and for detailed, accurate preservation of history.


Sincerely
For Scale Specialties

Pen Harms