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Pioneer Kit Manufacturer/Hobby Shop Owner Ed Seay Sr. Dead at 100

July 20 2010 at 10:10 PM

  (Login ZergOvermind)
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Edgar W. Seay Sr., founder of Model Aircraft Laboratories which evolved into M-A-L Hobby Shop of Irving, Texas, died early on the morning of July 20, 2010. Services are pending. He is survived by his son, Edgar W. Seay Jr. He would have been 101 years old this coming November.

He sold his first model, a miniature Spirit of St. Louis, in Little Rock in 1927 for the Lindbergh tour. He had bought three kits from the Ideal Airplane Co., an early-day model airplane company in New York that became the the Ideal Toy Co.

His full-scale aviation career included instructing at Dallas Aviation School, inspecting for the Civil Aeronautics Administration, and building F-8 Crusaders at Chance Vought.

M-A-L Hobby Shop is still in business in the same location where Ed founded it in 1948. Until the last couple of years Ed was still cutting balsa wood for his flying model kits.

I'm not really a pompous ass; I just play one on HyperScale!

Michael McMurtrey
IPMS-USA #1746
Carrollton, Texas

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Sad news indeed. MAL Hobbies was a most interesting

July 20 2010, 10:35 PM 

place to visit. Condolences to the Seay family

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FAREWELL ED & Thoughts

July 20 2010, 10:37 PM 

Hello, Mike and all Hyperscalers --

Wow, what a long life and the things he was part of !!

Notice that he was still making his own models in his 90's --- he wasn't fussing about minute criticisms of manufacturers efforts. He was part of the generation, even before mine, that brought us so much of what we enjoy.

May he rest in peace while we honor the gifts that he pioneered for us, George

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Sad news. Condolences to Ed Jr

July 20 2010, 10:49 PM 

Sad to hear the news about Ed Sr.

I had the pleasure of meeting him and listening to some of his stories of early aviation.

My condolences to his son.

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Lee Coll
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RIP Mr. Seay

July 21 2010, 12:34 AM 

What a nice man. Always very patient and informative. He was very fortunate to do something he enjoyed for as long as he did.


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I met him twice........

July 21 2010, 2:11 AM 

In later years he wasn't at the shop much. Loved to hear his stories. He will be missed.....

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RIP Mr Seay

July 21 2010, 6:18 AM 

I visited M-A-L on numerous occasions in the early 90s while living and working temorarialy in Dallas. I met and chatted with Mr Seay Sr. many times. What a charming gentleman full of stories of early avitaion modeling. I remember him fondly. COndolences, Ed Jr.

Jeff "Mongo" Cramer

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Ed Seay, Senior...I worked for him. A good boss...

July 21 2010, 7:42 AM 

[linked image]
A good friend...
My sincerest condolences, "Junior",

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