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Ross Paton
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Ahhh. Memories

March 21, 2021 · in Aviation · 9 · 1.6K

Digitising old slides and found a few gems, this included. I was 9 or 10. The Brand New 1/24 Airfix
Spitfire had just come out and I saved the £12 required. No airbrush then! Bit of a toy. Retractable undercarriage and sliding canopy. Al Deere, DSO, OBE, DFC & Bar , was still a sprightly 50 something.

My old man used to moan " I wish they would make a decent Spit IX" like he flew. Back then I think the Airfix 1/72 Johnnie Johnstone JE-J was the only one around

You can see by the desk I was an avid inhaler of Humbrol Enamels and Polystyrene Cement. Explains a lot. The curtain was supposed to be that colour.

As I got older , Punk Rock came along and making model aeroplanes was... uncool. Then I went to University. Making model aeroplanes was still uncool. Then I had a farm to run and a family to raise. Here I am aged 60 and no longer give two ****!

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  1. Wow, I remember when Airfix first released that kit, it was reviewed in Scale Modeler magazine.

  2. I had a work surface for my early models that looked very similar to yours...just not as neat! Good times!

  3. Great memories, Ross, thanks for sharing with us!

  4. What a story! 🙂 I smiled as I read.

  5. I really enjoyed the story, must be true for so many of us.

  6. So nice to read your story. I’m in the same boat, uh, cockpit ?

  7. It was the kit to have at the time... I remember it and the Me 109 calling to me from the window of Martins toy store...

  8. Yes. Built the 109 and the p51. The p51 ended in the bin because I tried to follow an Airfix book on detailing the kit. I still don't know what "plasticard" is. Does anyone know if the recent re-releases are exactly the same?

  9. That's one nice thing about getting old (I'm 60 too), not giving two ****s and, it beats not getting old. Thanks for sharing this photo and these words.
    Nice looking model.

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