First Model Plane in 40+ years…..
April 26, 2014 in Aviation
HI from a new old guy…
I guess the last model I built was around 1972…I saw this when my daughter had me take her to the crafts store for school project supplies..whoa! I didn’t know they had these! A limited selection but still Revell is a name I remember….
Next day, armed with wifely approval and a downloaded 50% off coupon I went back and bought it. The kit is basically like I remember but browsing some internet sites on the subject I see lots of things have changed – just having internet sites on the subject being a big one – thanks to those who provide this site and contribute to it. This 1/48 scale B-25 J “Jaunty Jo’ is quite humble compared to the models I see here but they are insprirational and led me to consider a few things to use that aren’t so complicated as an air-brush…maybe one day on that.
But I took a stab at weathering – which I never even thought of as a kid -that will take practice..I tried my best to weight the front so it wouldn’t be a tail dragger, but failed – there are two dimes in front of the control panel and about 10 12d finishing nails in the wings, still I had to make a little tail stand out of sprue for it as I didn’t want to use the little step stool that came with it. Very few spots to hide weights in this thing.
Meanwhile I had so much fun reliving what I had so much fun at so long ago, I have started another model, a P-51D Mustang which I am trying to make like the one I see in a couple of very old, dim, grainy and small photos that were taken by my father on Iwo jima in 1945 when he was stationed at the airfield there as a radioman (I think).
Thanks for letting me post and share these photos of my first model in 40+ years –
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