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Aldo Missio
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À la recherche des maquettes perdu

September 21, 2019 · in Aviation · · 6 · 2.4K

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

Ta-152 Frog

Fairey Barracuda (unfinished?) Frog

DC-3 Airfix

B-17F Memphis Belle Revell

Heinkel 111 H (desert) ?

Heinkel 177 (winter) Airfix

Fw – 200 Condor (winter) Revell

Lancaster Airfix

Stirling Airfix

Sunderland Airfix

Savoia-Marchetti SM.79

Hotspur Frog

1/48 (?)

Hellcat Monogram (?)

Panther ?

Nieuport 17 ?

CF-100 Hobbycraft?


Spitfire Mk I

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6 responses

  1. I see bits of a Lancaster, FW190, DO217, Beaufighter , HE111, and maybe an Airfix Halifax engine. Good time to start anew. Welcome!

  2. A nice trip down memory lane.I know I did Revell's Memphis Belle, and I think their me 109 1/72.

  3. The Memphis Belle was a nice kit for the time.

  4. If I had kept all of the model aircraft I had ever built, I'd have to move house, but... what a great time to start again, with a clean slate.

  5. Yeah, I'm going to stick to 1/72 so my wife doesn't put me and the models out on the street. Cheers.

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