Pioneer Kit Manufacturer/Hobby Shop Owner Ed Seay Sr. Dead at 100
July 20 2010 at 10:10 PM
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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.
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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
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.
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