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.

1/48 Monogram F9F Panther – Completing the F9F Panther

Lest We Forget
Day 119

It’s time to end this build.

No more painting. No more photos. It’s time to move on.

I have made so many errors since…


With the primer!


With the wrong color!


With trying to find a way to reproduce canopy sealant.

The canopy has been glued on yesterday.

Some decals will be added tomorrow night. More will be added later.

Once everything is done I will post the results and then I will be proceeding with the Tempest.

Then the PBY Catalina.

Photos will be added only when everything is done, unless I change my mind.

I am sure I will be making more errors.

In the meantime I won’t be forgetting the “special operation” still going on since February 24, 2022…

1/48 Monogram F9F Panther – Back to square one Part 11

Lest We Forget
Day 116

Don’t despair because I am getting there. My son sent me this image Friday.

It was after I had sent him this on Chat aka Hangouts.

I had worked on the F9F Panther late Thursday instead of watching CFL football.

I realized then that Monogram didn’t give modelers a precise idea of the frames on the canopy.

The front canopy framing is not that evident which explains the difficulty I had painting it.

I decided to use a paintbrush to finish the canopies.

Now I am thinking… Should I be painting the leading edge of the F9F Panther or not?

Decision, decision, decision…

1/48 Monogram F9F Panther – Back to square one Part 10 – Homemade Thinner

Lest We Forget
Day 115

250ml water

156ml isopropyl alcohol

3.25ml flow aid

3.25ml slow dry

Another intermission… Before reading more about this plane.

Excerpt from Clarence Simonsen’s research

In 1936, Fleet Aircraft of Canada began layout plans for a new float and land based bush plane. It’s not known if Reuben Fleet had any involvement with this new aircraft, called the Fleet Model 50K “Freighter” Bush-plane.

Fleet President Jack Sanderson was involved from the start and later flew all of the five aircraft constructed, beginning 22 February 1938.

This article appeared on 1 May 1938 issue of Aviation Weekly magazine showing CF-BDX which crashed at Lower Post, B.C., [Liard River Indian Reserve] on 14 August 1938.



1/48 Monogram F9F Panther – Back to square one Part 9

Lest We Forget
Day 114

I didn’t have much time to work on the F9F Panther yesterday because I had other priorities. This is where I had left the canopies…

Something had come up and I went on the Internet looking for this?

My friend Clarence Simonsen had sent me one of his research about the Davis wing. I knew a little about it although not that much. But this part brought me to the 1960s when I was collecting Jell-O coins.

Clarence Simonsen and I have become virtual friends in 2014 when he first commented on an article I had written about 128 (F) Squadron.

The real story behind the Lancaster in the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum – KW-K

This virtual friendship evolved from that first virtual meeting when I became sort of an editor on WordPress for the research he had done. Editors were not interested.

A first blog was created…

Then a second.

His research on the Davis wing which will be featured later, has never been published anywhere before and you will see it here first.

Now what about the sequel to this?

It will have to wait…