As many of you were aware through the 87scalecars e-mail
list Lyle Noah had recently taken ill. Lyle (of Scratch Built Scale
Models) passed away November 17, 2002 at 1:35 AM. He was diagnosed with
a brain tumor two months ago and at that time was unable to continue
modeling. Our hobby has lost a great scratch builder with a vast knowledge
of the logging and trucking industry.
I met Lyle over 25 years ago when we were driving tow
trucks. He was just starting to build trucks and logging equipment for
his train layouts back then. I saw his talent develop over those years
as a modeler. He finally started building models for a living when he
hurt his back. He was the one responsible for my entry into the 1/87
vehicle business. I was trying to help him with a special dry bulk body
shape which became my first truck as a manufacturer. He showed me how
to work with styrene plastics and encouraged my developement as a model
builder. He was a great friend and I will miss our visits together where
we built trucks and exchanged ideas.
There has been a fund set-up by Steve Kelsey at Mainline
Trains in Forest Grove,Oregon, to help out the family with expenses.
Steve can be contacted at 503-992-8181 or [email protected] for information where to send donations. Jim Billington [posted 11/18/2002]
Certainly our thoughts and prayers go out to Lyle's family;
we have indeed lost a very dear friend in our modeling hobby. Thanks
to Jim Billington for his tribute to Lyle. Check out our special tribute Photo Gallery to Lyle.