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Passing of a Fine Modeller and Engineer

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Joseph Noci 114/10/2021 18:43:52
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Nick Popich, well known member of the Rand Society of Model Engineers in South Africa, passed yesterday aged 91. Perhaps some of the members on this forum knew him - he was a most Talented person and did amazing work.

Some of his early work here:

SAR 16DA

He will be missed!

Joe

Steviegtr14/10/2021 18:57:46
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Hi Joseph. I did not know him , but always sad to loose someone. He had a good innings though. Commiserations to there close friends & family.

Steve.

Luker14/10/2021 20:16:13
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Uncle Nick, as I used to fondly refer to him, was my mentor and friend. He was one of the first people at the RSME to help me steam up my very first loco. He always had time for the youngsters, encouraging us and sharing his hard earned knowledge freely when needed. Uncle Nicks loco’s were built to an astonishing standard; the meticulous detail and strict proportions keeping everything to scale made each loco something to marvel at, and they all ran beautifully. Up until COVID, Uncle Nick would still bring a loco to the RSME for a few laps and to talk to the other members. You would’ve needed to attend every meet for over a year before you saw every loco he had built. One of his loco’s ‘The Springbok’ is on page 7 of Martin Evans, ‘the Model Steam Locomotive’. I was fortunate enough to drive his 16DA on one of our club days; if precision equipment were a model loco the 16DA would be it. I will miss him very much.

Uncle Nick and me with his 16DA; the day I was fortunate enough to take it round our track.

uncle nick and me 2019.jpg

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