Fellow modelers ! I’m pursuing this craft after a Hiatus of over 40 years , having to learn the new methods and techniques, experimenting with acrylics paint, diminishing eyesight etc..and several test pieces before embarking on what I would really like to build, I decided to make something small and possibly presentable.I came up with a Heller kit from the same vintage as when I left off in youth.
I grew up in an apartment situated parallel to the approach of Oostende airport. This is the mid sixties here. I saw so many cool planes landing and taking off ! The mainstay of air traffic was BAF Carvairs, Bristol 170 , Vickers Viscount and yes, mostly British travelers arriving with their cars airlifted to the continent. The oddball was a ME-108 owned by a local man that ran a Go-cart and Formula VW race track on what we called the old airport.
One day there was a small air show with only 3 planes. His 108, a Belgian airforce Thunderstreak and a S-58 Choctaw SAR, I got to sitting in the cockpit… All the while the races going on ! A circus environment all having fun ! These were the golden years of no security you entered and just walked around freely.
All memories, but the 108 stayed with me. I wish I knew more about the owner. He was cool. He rode A Harley-Davidson with studded black saddle bags. Both machines rare and the character, part of an extinct species of men that dwelled in freedom.
This little model is not the greatest but it allowed me to at least get the air brush and paint , masking and primitive shading started. The decals are being sun bleached in a window. In the interim I scavenged the Balkenkreus and hooked cross from other kits.
On to the next models. My ambition is to get all the techniques down to be able to build models of amazing aircraft I saw then and that my father and Brother flew with and what I jumped out off.
Happy modelling !
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