Intermission – The good old days – Part 1

I am sure most modelers have built at least one of Monogram’s model kits.

My Forgotten Hobby was my time machine reliving my youth’s innocence. And boy was I innocent back in the 60s!

But I digress…

This is a reblog of one of my first posts on My Forgotten Hobby.

December 26, 2013

Call it puppy love…

Monogram Models!

The best model kits in the late 1950s and 1960s before the Japanese invaded the U.S.



I was not alone…



Click here to read what Al Bussie wrote about this model kit manufacturer bringing back good old memories from old model kits.


The name Monogram is synonymous with quality in model kits. The founders, Jack Besser and Bob Reder, had a clear vision of what constitutes an excellent model kit and how to transform that into mass production. Not surprisingly, Monogram proved to be a profitable company for many years. Early Wood and Plastic Kits In 1945 the company was producing stick/tissue aircraft kits and solid wooden kits of ships and cars. The ship line consisted of a US Battleship, Destroyer, Cruiser, Aircraft Carrier and Landing Craft.

Fast forward…

About my collection of Monogram unbuilt model kits?

Helicopters (3)

AH-1S (almost completed many years ago)

Bell Huey Hog (bought in the 1980s)

AH-64 Apache (bought in the 1980s and started in mid 90s)

Planes (26)

Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk (a gift from a WWII veteran)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought in the 1990s)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought in the 1990s)

Hawker Harrier (bought in the 1980s)

Hawker Typhoon (bought in the 1990s)

SBD Dauntless (bought in the 1980s)

Vought Kingfisher (bought in the 1990s)

A-26 B Invader (bought after 2000)

B-24 J (bought in the 1980s)

B-25 J (bought in the 1990s)

B-58 (bought in the 1980s)

P-38 (bought in 1980s)

P-61 Black Widow (bought in August 2019)

F4 Phantom (bought in the 1980s)

F-8 Crusader (bought in the 1980s)

F-80 (bought in the 1980s)

F-84 (bought in the 1980s)

A6 Douglas Skyraider (bought in the 1980s)

A7 Corsair (bought in the 1980s)

F-100 (bought in the 1980s)

F-101 (bought in the 1980s)

F-102 (bought in the 1980s)

F-105 (bought in the 1980s)

F-106 (bought in the 1980s)

F-117 (bought in the 1980s)

Mig-29 (bought in the 1980s)

Douglas TBD Devastator (bought in the 1980s)