Going back…

Day 217

This is where I was in July 2021 on My Forgotten Hobby V.

I am always a few steps ahead on My Forgotten Hobby III. Of course I will be painting the cockpit assembly before glueing it. In fact I did it yesterday with homemade interior green.






Step 2 is already completed and glued, but you already know that if you are following this blog.


Step 3 is also done. I had to be careful because windows are not all identical.

I then glued these two parts.


The wings were glued after checking the alignment several times.


Then came the engines, the tires and the pontoons.


Step 5 will have to wait.


The stabilizers were glued, but the wings will have to wait before I glue them onto the fuselage.


Next time I hope to complete painting the cockpit.


Fast forward

This is where I am right now. I never thought I would be here…

Intermission – North American B-25 Mitchell Color Photographs Part I – Production

B-25Cs roll down the assembly line at North American’s factory at Inglewood, California in 1942. The Mitchells in the foreground are nearing completion but are still missing their outer wing panels. With the war on the factories were in operation round the clock and soon aircraft orders exceeded floor space. Aircraft rolled out of the […]

North American B-25 Mitchell Color Photographs Part I – Production

Intermission – Post 205

Day 216

Sorry to being late this morning. I usually programmed for 5 o’clock in the morning.

There are very little things we can control nowadays.

Something we can do though is to plan ahead.

Planning is what I have not done with my hobby mostly because I get too overly excited.

2020 year-end review

The dopamine effect kicks in whenever I see a new model kit or someone blogging about it like Plane Dave or the Inch High Guy.

Intermission – Impulse buying?

I am still waiting to give my latest build to my son and have more space to display what I have built.

The PBY Catalina will have its final resting place and be solidly glued to a frame like the four carriers once I decide on the backgrounds.

My next build will be Tamiya’s P-38 I had promised my son for Christmas two years ago…

Time flies!

My latest addition to my collection – Tamiya 1/48 P-38 F/G Lightning




Intermission – Post 204

Day 215

I will spare Mike with the stats this morning.


Stats are not that important. Reminiscing is.

This is the draft display I will be working on later after I have completed the PBY Catalina.

All five aircraft carriers have been completed a few months ago. The USS Saratoga is just missing its airplanes. It will probably be displayed later when I build another model kit I have of the Saratoga.

Once that model kit is built this will be the only aircraft carrier in my unbuilt collection of model kits.

I will still have these two model kits though about remembering April 29, 1944.

But that’s another very long story…




Intermission – Post 203

Day 214

The special military operation has entered in a new phase…

285 hits

This is how many times I was hit on My Forgotten Hobby V since I decided to follow up on My Forgotten Hobby IV.

I think I enjoy My Forgotten Hobby V even more than trying to build all that I have collected since I went wild and bought more model kits in 2019 and 2020.

Blame this on a child’s memories.

The late 1950s was a period of my life filled with innocence. Building model airplane kits later was a way to travel back to those years of innocence.

Now, each time I see someone building a model airplane on the Internet or on YouTube, I go back in time whether it’s a plane I first saw an image in a book or something I saw in a hobby shop.

My favorite hobby shop in the mid 1960s was Westmount Hobby Shop 4926 Sherbrooke Street West in Montreal.

This is what I found on a newspaper page published in 1964.

This was something I wrote about nostalgia a long time ago on the original My Forgotten Hobby.

Nostalgia – Westmount Hobby Shop revisited

Westmount Hobby Shop is not there anymore. It was where I was buying all my Profile Publications which I still have and I would hate to depart from.

I rarely consult them with the advent of the Internet…

Scale Modeler Magazines I wouldn’t mind departing from them although my brains tells me not to do it.

Letting things go is hard to do. This is why there will probably be a My Forgotten VI when I will exceed my upload limit on WordPress.

I have used only 70%.

Until then, here is more of my collection of Profile Publications bought at Westmount Hobby Shop in the mid 1960s and early 1970s.

Letting things go like keeping leftover decals, spare parts, instructions sheets and boxes is also hard to do.

Next Intermission…?

How to display my five aircraft carriers?

Tempest on the horizon… Part 2

Friday 23 September 2022

This is Post 200 on Day 212 of a special military operation. I’m so glad to be alive this morning…

See you in the morning was what crew members would say instead of Good luck while going on an operation. I’m not making this up.

See You in the Morning

The Tempest got its first decals Wednesday morning.

A little more on Thursday morning.

And a little more on Thursday night.

Since it’s the first time I am building an Eduard model kit, I wanted to know how the decals would react.

And they reacted fast, releasing quickly and I was afraid of messing up. I had to go slowly with the rest of them. I still have a few more.

My Tempest will represent Pierre Clostermann’s plane whose book Le Grand Cirque was inspirational when I was in the 7th grade.

This book was the inspiration that led me 50 some years later to write Souvenirs de guerre.

Les origines de Souvenirs de guerre