Welcome back… Tamiya’s P-38F/G – T minus 48 — My Forgotten Hobby VI

Day 256 Monday November 7, 2022 I am moving along with relative ease with this build. Well almost. I had forgotten that Tamiya extra thin cement was to be used cautiously because it’s very fluid. I used fine grit sanding sticks to solve that sticky problem. The fit is so good with this step that […]

Welcome back… Tamiya’s P-38F/G – T minus 48 — My Forgotten Hobby VI

Tamiya’s P-38F/G – T minus 49

Day 255

Sunday November 6, 2022
This is the last post on My Forgotten Hobby V.
I am very cautious now when I am reading the instructions. If I skip a step, I am sure I will be messing something up. In fact I did just that.
Step 6 posed no problem and the fit was excellent.
But in Step 7, I drilled all the holes! There should have been a cautionary note.
The weight was added and I glued only the front part of C28 with G23.
You will see what I mean later on My Forgotten Hobby VI.
Next time, T minus 48 on My Forgotten Hobby VI my upload limit having been reached.






Tamiya’s P-38F/G – T minus 50

Day 254

Saturday November 5, 2022
This is Post 265 on My Forgotten Hobby V.
It wasn’t supposed to be.
The P-38F cockpit has been painted and then was glued yesterday. I don’t bother anymore to get the right shade of zinc chromate. The instrument panel decal was added and the cockpit glued after I figured out how to glue it.
The fit is great but you already know that if you have read the reviews I posted.
It should be a no brainer but sometimes my brain plays tricks on me. I will have to remember this The next big decision is to have the ladder in the up or down position.
I have already decided. Next time, T minus 49.  My upload limit has been almost reached.


Tamiya’s P-38F/G – T minus 51

Day 253

Friday November 4, 2022
I have started assembling the cockpit parts on Wednesday. First I made copies of the instructions sheet so I could write on them.
There is so much information it’s easy to lose track of what to do.
I hope I will remember doing that with every build.
I have chosen to build the F version so part G24 was selected.
Part G6 was glued at the wrong place. The arrow wasn’t that clear.
I was lucky to find that out in time.
I added primer Thursday so I could start painting the parts and then add the decal later to the instrument panel.
Next time, T minus 50.


Tamiya’s P-38F/G – T minus 52

Day 252

Thursday November 3, 2022

Tamiya’s P-38 is quite an intimidating model kit to build with all the rave reviews it has gotten since 2019.

There’s no turning back on what I had promised my son for Christmas almost three years ago.

As a footnote…

I always read comments on My Forgotten Hobby and I take good notes of suggestions made. A friend suggested the Buffalo should be on my to-do list.

So the Tamiya Brewster B339 Buffalo will be the next build after the P-38F/G.

Then to this one will follow the Buffalo in 2023 on My Forgotten Hobby VI.


Tomorrow… T minus 51

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…


ICM Bf 109F-4… The end of the tunnel?

Day 250

Tuesday November 1, 2022

Nothing to celebrate for on Day 250 of a special military operation which has become something historians will write about in November 2222.

This is Sunday morning shot…

The Bf 109F-4 is on a make-believe tarmac.

I am always a few days ahead because you never know what to expect in life…



This next photo was taken on Saturday morning.

I had an idea during the weekend. Why not display the Bf 109F-4 by glueing it on its box with Clear Gorilla Glue?

I don’t have any more picture frames left. The last one was used with the PBY Catalina which will be departing Wednesday to my son’s place.

I hope this P-38 will be joining the PBY before Christmas.

Long overdue!

The Bf 109F-4 got its clear coat Sunday and it’s waiting for its decals.

I wonder what will happen if I should add dark green over with a paintbrush to complete the camouflage?

Tamiya Brewster B-339 Buffalo – Out of stock

Day 247

Saturday October 29, 2022

Tamiya’s Brewster Buffalo has been around for quite a long time. My interest was piqued when I read about the Buffalo in the late 60s when my brother and I were playing Midway which was a simulation game from Avalon Hill.

If I remember correctly I always played the American side and won everytime. My brother could correct me on this.

I ran across the Buffalo several times after, but my curiosity was piqued again by this painting.

The story is down here if I have piqued your curiosity…

In Memoriam – John Leonard Greaves

Fast forward to Wednesday October 25, 2022.

What? Thank you for your order!

After I had placed my order on Wednesday, the website posted Out of stock!

You don’t make that up!


Following the release of a U.S. Navy version of the Brewster Buffalo in 1993, Tamiya now releases the B-339 export version of the Buffalo used by the Royal Air Force and Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps during WWII. Kit comes with new parts such as canopy, propeller, seat and decals to accurately reproduce the Buffalo used throughout South East Asia. Also includes parts to reproduce the U.S. Navy version featuring gray fuselage.

The Buffalo was first developed in 1935 as a U.S. Navy carrier based fighter. Featuring a modern mid-wing monoplane design with enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear the first mass produced Buffalo was designated F2A-1, which was shortly followed by the improved F2A-2. Based on the U.S. Navy Buffalo, the B-339 Buffalo was for export only and was fitted with an export approved 1,100hp Wright Cyclone engine and redesigned for land use with navy equipment such as life raft and arrestor hook removed. The Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Netherlands East Indies Army Air Corps (ML-KNIL) used the B-339 to protect colonial outposts in Malaysia, Singapore and Java during WWII.

Highly detailed 1/48 scale assembly kit of the Brewster B-339 Buffalo

Overall length: 163mm, wing span: 223mm

Authentically reproduced large fuselage and unique landing gear.

Kit includes parts to accurately reproduce RAF, ML-KNIL or U.S. Navy aircraft.

New parts such as canopy, rear fuselage and propeller authentically reproduced in high-quality detail.

Includes a full range of accessories including two 100 pound bombs, one pilot figure sitting down and one figure standing, and markings to reproduce a choice of four different aircraft.

Assembly and painting required. Kit does not include model cement glue, paint, and tools. Adult supervision where required.

The price was right as well as the $9.99 shipping rates.

How could I resist the temptation since I had learned a lot about aviators who died while flying Brewster Buffaloes during the Battle of Midway?
We Shall Not Forget, For to Forget is The Greatest Casualty

To be continued, but I don’t know when…

Intermission – Going back in time

Day 246

Friday October 28, 2022

Time to reflect on several things on Day 246…

I must admit I wanted to stop writing this diary after having completed the PBY Catalina…

However I got curious on Day 245 and I found what I was looking for…

These are photos I took in December 2013 of my “stash” of unbuilt model kits. Well not all because I had kept two empty boxes…










When I took those photos I was trying to jump start my forgotten hobby. Since 2013 many model kits have been built but those were eventually replaced with dozens more in 2019 and 2020…

I was tempted to add Tamiya’s Brewster Buffalo to my collection when I got an email from Plaza Japan a few days ago. However shipping rates were too expensive. Japan Post doesn’t ship to Canada anymore since December 2020 because of the pandemic. I don’t understand why since they ship almost everywhere now.

Yesterday I have completed the PBY Catalina display by using Clear Gorilla Glue.

In the background you will notice the Christmas gift I bought for my son in 2020 from Wholesale Hobbies in Edmonton, Alberta. The P-38 is still in its box.

Long overdue? I even have one I bought for myself!

I will finish ICM’s Bf 109F-4 first and then try to finish my son’s P-38 before Christmas time.

Next time…

As always things didn’t go as I had expected.