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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.
Cheers.
1/72
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?
1/32
Spitfire Mk I

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6 responses to À la recherche des maquettes perdu

  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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