À la recherche des maquettes perdu
One of my resolutions on retirement was to finally re-indulge in the long-abandoned pleasure of scale model building.
I built my first models when I was confined to hospital for long periods around age 8 to 12. My dad, a former RCAF meteorologist and longtime aircraft fan brought me those kits. I can’t even remember what the first one was, or what all of them were, but I thought it would be an interesting memory exercise to try to list all the kits I could remember. Now of course, the old Frog kits, and early generation Airfix and Revell would seem crude by today’s standards, but I loved those kits, and the range of camouflage patterns to explore.
I wish I had hung on to some of them. While my paint jobs wouldn’t hold up today, it would be neat to have a few for nostalgia, maybe even repaint some of them.
All that remains is a spare parts box with engines, wheels, turrets, etc.
This is the only picture I have – a blurry 2 ½ ”snapshot of the Frog Macchi Folgore taken with some weird little camera, probably when I was 12 or 13.
They were all cool planes.
Macchi MC 202 Frog
Spitfire Mk XIV (with V-1) Frog
Me 109 E Revell
Me 109 F trop Frog
Tomahawk (RAF Desert) Frog
Fairey Barracuda (unfinished?) Frog
B-17F Memphis Belle Revell
Heinkel 111 H (desert) ?
Heinkel 177 (winter) Airfix
Fw – 200 Condor (winter) Revell
1/48 (? )
Hellcat Monogram (?)
Nieuport 17 ?
Spitfire Mk I
1 additional image. Click to enlarge.