ICM Bf 109F-4… Decals and more

Day 251

Wednesday November 2, 2022

Building model kits since the late 50s has been a self-soothing experience. Listening to music is also soothing. People should listen to music more often…

Intermission Milk’n Blues – Smooth Operator + Secret (Sade + Madonna)

Wednesday morning shots…

The Tempest finally got its final clear coat. I had some leftover highly diluted clear coat so I completed that build.

The Bf 109F-4 got some decals in the morning and it will soon be a thing of the past.

The countdown will then begin for the P-38.

I still don’t know if I will document that build, but “Whereof what’s past is prologue; what to come, in yours and my discharge.”…


Final footnote…


Intermission – Bf 109-F4: Sleeping on it…

Day 237

Wednesday October 19, 2022

Sleeping on it is sometimes the best thing to do, but I couldn’t wait.

I used a soft bristle paint brush with Vallejo Gray Primer to go over some areas.

Yellow identification markings had been added before to the Tempest using a Tamiya cotton swab and Vallejo yellow paint. I skipped airbrushing although I had masked the wings leading edges.

Not perfect but it will do.

It still needs a few touch-ups using Tamiya cotton swabs but this will have to wait.

I will now get back to the PBY Catalina and complete it. Displaying it will come later.

Which brings me to reflecting on what I have been saving all those years with all I have been building.

Why do I keep all this? Is all this useful!

I have thrown away most of my model kit boxes, but I keep saving the instructions sheets of model kits I have built. Some I still have but most I don’t have anymore like Monogram F-104.

Have you been saving this kind of stuff?

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





Tempest on the horizon… Part 1

Thursday 22 September 2022

On Day 211 of a special military operation, things are now getting pretty serious with someone having a panic attack…

I’m not the one having it though.

The Tempest is now on the workbench and things should go according to plan.

The cockpit interior was painted and the canopy was glued with Contacta clear glue.

I have skipped a few parts in the process. I did a quick weathering with highly diluted black acrylic paint and I added more weathering to the PBY Catalina.

Nothing fancy…

Decals should be what I am planning next if we are still around on Friday…

See you in the morning…



Finding something to write about – Part 6

I always have something to write about… This time it’s what occurred 80 years ago today.

But before writing about it, I have this problem with this build. I can’t remember which paint I had used for the Hawker Tempest.

I didn’t have that problem with the F9F Panther since I was using Vallejo Glossy Sea Blue.

I took out all the paint I had and did a quick check of what I had used.

Which one was it? Was it Tamiya or homemade paint?

I didn’t want to test any on the Tempest so I tested my homemade paint on this plastic sheet.

Not sure…

I remembered I had mixed some acrylic paint to use on the RAF truck and maybe I wanted to test it also on the Tempest.

I know I shouldn’t be testing homemade paint on a model kit but I keep doing this time and time again.

Maybe I have learned my lesson now.

About learning my lesson…

I said I wasn’t going to start a new build before finishing what I had already started.

Well I just can’t wait starting something new and this is “might” be the next build.

It’s about honouring Squadron Leader Jacques Chevrier.

INFORMATION COURTESY OF LEE WALSH, CAHS Toronto Chapter: “Squadron Leader Joseph Armand Jacques Chevrier C/856 had joined the RCAF in 1938 and after finishing training at Trenton went on to serve with No. 110 City of Toronto AUX Squadron and was transferred overseas in February 1940. By September 1940 he and 5 other pilots has volunteered to be transferred to fighter command and eventually flew in the Battle of Britain. Chevrier completed nearly 27 sorties with No. 1 (f) RAF Squadron before being transferred back to No. 1 (f) RCAF Squadron just days before the battle ended. He remained with No. 1 RCAF Squadron until February 1941 when he came down with pneumonia. While back in Canada recovering, he was attached to RCAF/HQ and in July 1941 was appointed as an aide to the Governor General. In January 1942 he was promoted to Squadron Leader and later took command of No. 130 Squadron at Mont Joli. Sadly, on July 6th, 1942 he and his Kittyhawk aircraft suddenly ditched while orbiting the small hamlet of Les Capucins, Quebec. Despite a lengthy search for his missing aircraft, he remains missing to this day. Locals have been quoted as saying they have spotted Chevrier’s missing aircraft on the river bottom while fishing.

“As of October 2021, he is one of the 113 Canadians that flew in the Battle of Britain and fully qualifies for the 1939-45 Star with BoB Clasp. But sadly, due to a number of errors this medal along with others were never given to his late father, Dr. Aurele Chevrier who passed away in the early 1960s.



Jacques Chevrier flew the Hawker Hurricane during the Battle of Britain but was never given credit for being part of the “Few”!

Finding something to write about – Part 5

I should be driving to my local hobby shop next Saturday to get my hands on Tamiya’s P-38J.

JacHobby website

The P-51A is en route from Alberta and it should arrive on July 12…well I hope.

The P-51A might be the next build unless I choose another post-vintage Monogram model kit.

Having accepted that I will never stop buying model kits and never build all my collection, I will just enjoy my forgotten hobby and find something to write about it on My Forgotten Hobby V

I have started working again on Eduard’s Tempest and Monogram’s F9F Panther. This was Monday morning shot.

I still have to remember that errors made previously will lead to more errors and more problems when glueing parts like I encountered with the F9F ordnance.

The Tempest delicate rear wheel was broken. I fixed it with Clear Gorilla Glue.

I also added some more to the undercarriage to make it stronger.

You’re never too sure with delicate undercarriage.