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Old 03-16-2020, 01:42 PM   #1
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No more taking orders

Hello folks!

I know we're living in difficult times thanks to the COVID-19 and its collateral damages. As if all the bad news aren't enough the thread title may sound shocking. But yes, I'm no more taking orders for custom models.

I was meditating about this since last year and kept postponing my final decision, but things reached a point that, it's wise to act quickly. Five or six years ago my sight deteriorated like it happens on most people once they pass the early/mid forties. That didn't hindered me to continue my custom work, just made a bit more annoying to say the most, but since last year I noticed it worsened. Then, I need to stop, I don't wan't it to deteriorate to a point that I can't keep my standards, I'll take care of it as it's one of my most precious gifts.

This doesn't means that it's an immediate stop, I'll finish all the orders I'm already committed, so those who already ordered and made, for example the prepayments and/or already send donors and decals have nothing to worry about.

Thank you for understanding my decision. And more important, thank you all for your support and for all words of appreciation throught these 12 years. I'll continue posting them until all orders are done. :-)
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Old 03-16-2020, 02:05 PM   #2
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So sad to read this. You have set a standard that will be hard to match by others. I will for sure treasure all gems you made for me and the friendship that this brought us. Stay strong, my dear friend.
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I'm sorry to read this Sergio. Your work inspired me to do some very small modifications such as changing the registrations on my KLM fleet, but these changes were inferior to your awesome work. It'll be weird to see the customs section without your wonderful creations!
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Thanks for your words, dear friends! Don't worry, you'll not get rid of me so soon, there are still so much models to finish before I stop. I think late this year I have done all.
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Gutted to say the least, however you have to look after number , sergio i am lucky to own a few customs from you and treasure them. Thank you for all the one's you shared on the forum. Thank you for the one's you have done me. And thank you for ur time. I wish u the best in the future and the eye sight to remain with you for many years to come. And most of all thank you to one of the best custom makers to grace the forum.
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Hello Sergio, this is a sad news for each fan of your custom models.

I understand and respect your decision, but at the same time I am sad because your works are wonderful.

Two models that I own are fantastic and I had just planned to write you in these days to order another pair of them.

In any case I wish you all the best, take care of your health and, if you'll decide to take orders again in the future, let us know


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Old 03-16-2020, 10:16 PM   #7
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Re: No more taking orders

Really sad to read this, SÚrgio!
First the KLM 747 early retirement, now this!!!!


I'm so happy to own a few of your creations. You truly are a master in the custom business, and seeing your models is always wonderful. Sad to know you're retiring, but you're right: you need to take care of your eyesight and your health as a whole.

And I need to finally start creating my own customs ASAP

Thank you for all your wonderful birds, SÚrgio! I'll be looking forward to see your next releases. I must say i'll be missing your nice mottos aswell:

"Working to make dreams come true"

"The excellency of today will be future's mediocrity." (this one is fantastic)

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Hi Sergio,


It's a pride for me for owning some of your creations that are my preferred ones and it's really sad to read this new but in the same time, knowing you're okay is also a good one for me and for us.
Be safe my friend and just take care of you, that's the most important.
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Re: No more taking orders

Although this is incredible sad news for all of us, I absolutely understand and respect your decision! I absolutely adore your custom work and customs you made for me - your contributions to the custom section will be missed!
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Sad news Sergio. 1:500 scale is losing a Master and a Polar Star for all of us, not only for the people who ordered models from you.
Take care of yourself, my friend.
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Thank you all dear friends for your really beautiful words of appreciation and support. Thanks also for understanding! I'm not leaving W900, nor the hobby of collecting. So you'll still be seeing me in the forum.
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Very sorry to hear about this Sergio, you are one of the best custom-makers that i know of. At least some of your beauties are out in the world for people to enjoy for years to come! Totally agree with you though, health comes first... Hopefully your eyesight will plateau at leats instead of degrading... All the best!
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Re: No more taking orders

Sergio,

As someone who has commissioned so many wonderful models from you, I am really sorry to hear this news. Among others, you really inspired me to give it a go myself, my regret being that I have never managed to (nor will I with my lumbering fat fingers) replicate the calibre of your custom models. Many thanks for everything over the years. Hopefully we will still see you grace the forum from time to time.

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Re: No more taking orders

I know what it means to have failing eyesight and not being able to achieve the standards you set yourself especially when your working with 1/500 scale. At 74 I have all but stopped making customs because when I look at them I’m disappointed with the finished item.
So Sergio take it it easy and try your hand at 1/200 scale they are much easier on the eyes.
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