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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Francis Fine, 89


Francis Fine of Hudson, a metallurgist who made high-quality miniature weapons, has died. He was 89.

For 60 years, he crafted models of pistols, swords, daggers and medieval spiked clubs that were usually about 1/20th the original size.

Mr. Fine, whose day job was as supervisor of casting designs at Raytheon, was also known throughout his life for making people laugh at humorous -- and sometimes outrageous -- stories, the Globe reports in an obituary today.

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