Bits and Pieces….Odds and Ends
Soon after retirement I found myself hanging out at at local hobby shop, the kind that had hundreds of models hanging from the ceiling. The owner and I thought it would be cool to have plane being shot down with a real ten foot trail of smoke hanging over the checkout area. When it was complete it became a customer favorite. Later the shop closed and I relocated to Florida along with the model sans the ten feet of smoke. Rather than throw the model away I made a stand for it and found a place in a corner of my work area. Fast forward a few years and a new idea crossed my mind that I should add another plane to complete the scene. The FW-190 was in 48th scale so I thought a 72nd scale P-38 would work out just right. In an effort to add more interest, I added a pilot bust that was meant for an RC aircraft, and then finished it off with an old decal I've had for years of the USAAF shoulder patch. Fortunately I had two decals because the first one blew apart on contact with the water. A quick trip to the print shop and a new decal was produced. This was a fun little project with components that were acquired over a 14 year period.