1950’s Model Aircraft Rewind
Like many of you, I’ve built my share of models when I was a youngster. And perhaps like me, your model inventory got thinned out on the 4th of July. For some unknown reason the models I present today are an anomaly. Similar to the aircraft boneyard in the Arizona desert, these plastic models escaped the fire crackers of the 4th and ended up in the attic of my parent’s home. Tossed into a box (probably during the Kennedy administration) they survived to be re-discovered in the 1980’s when they found a home in my home’s attic. Since the mid-1990’s, I pull one of the “derelicts” out of the box a year and “re-condition” it. There’s something enjoyable about reliving a tangible part of your youth and having the good fortune to “correct” all those model building mistakes of yesteryear.
The Aurora “Flying Boxcar” is the only model I did as a before-and-after photo. The “Boxcar” photos show the average condition of all the models, missing parts and all. It was a birthday gift from my folks in 1960 and I remember that day like it was last week. Such are the things that a model can convey. It can represent a miniature of a prototype aircraft and it also can recall a time when things were simplier and people that were so important in our lives are no longer with us. Yet the model and those great memories live on.
11 additional images. Click to enlarge.