Airfix 1/72 Harvard II
This is the old Airfix Harvard II (T-6 Texan) kit of years gone by. It's a simple, nice fitting kit which I did OOB, without a lot of hassle. As old as it was, I was still able to use the kit decals. The story of "why" is probably more interesting than the build.
As I mentioned in previous posts, our IPMS Ocala club has many projects during the year. We called this one our "Airfix build", although many of the models involved were different brands. This is how it goes. Fellow club member/imodeler/VP, and friend, Mike Knowles' father, Wayne is one of the most interesting fellows you'd care to meet. Wayne has been a guest speaker at several of our meetings, He's getting up there in years, and not building his models anymore. He had a sizeable stash which he donated to our club. We decided we would have an "Airfix build" contest, in May (the month Wayne will be our speaker once again) and let Wayne judge the contest. What Wayne doesn't know is that we asked the builders to consider returning the built models to their original owner, him. We thought it would be a nice surprise, and a way to say thanks, to Wayne.
I kept that in mind when I built this kit. I thought, like the rest of us, Wayne bought this kit judged on box art. I tried to keep this as close to the box art as possible, and that included using the original decals, as bad (old) as they look. The result is what you see here and what I'll present to Wayne in May.
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