Another story, and another old model airplane
While rummaging around in the attic a few months ago, I came across a small box tucked into the corner of a larger box filled with stuff from our old house back home. On it, in my dad’s script, was written, “1st place model airplane, October 1972.” Needless to say, it didn’t take long to open the box.
I think this is a Matchbox 1/72 P-51D, finished in the markings of my favorite fighter group, the 4th. This one was built in 1972 for the monthly contest in the junior division of the club I belonged to, the El Paso Scale Model Society. I was 14 years old then. It was my first scratchbuilt cockpit, my first airbrush paint job, the first time I used aftermarket decals, and my first first place win. There was a little note in with the model that read, “Sorry, I couldn’t find the blue ribbon.” I had been with the club since 1970, and still remember to this day how excited I was when the club president announced my name as the winner, and handed me the ribbon and a five dollar gift certificate to a local hobby shop.
This little airplane is 41 years old now, and still looks pretty good. It’s a wonderful trip back in time, and is now on display on the shelf above my desk. I like to think of it as a tribute to the two older guys in the club who took the time to teach me the tricks, the urge me along when I got discouraged, and who taught me that the most important thing about the hobby was to have fun.
So build a model, everyone. And have fun doing it!
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