From the beginning…
I want to show the first models I built after returning to the hobby in 1988. I was 35 years old and hadn’t built a model plane since I was around 10. I wanted to compare the new aircraft of that era and thought building 1/48 scale versions would be the easiest way to do that. Our local Winn’s department store only had the Monogram A-10 in that scale so I started with that one. I accumulated some modeling supplies and bought my Paasche Model H airbrush (and have painted every model since with that old workhorse!). When finished, the A-10 looked much better than the “glue bombs” I had assembled in my youth but when saw my first copy of FinescaleModeler magazine a few months later, I realized just how far I had to go to make a decent model from a plastic kit.
After the Warthog, I built the Revell F-4E, in the “Famous Fighters” packaging with ol’ Chuck Yeager himself smiling on the boxtop. It’s ironic that when I painted that F-4, I was able to achieve the most distinct and clean separation between colors that I’ve ever done; all the factors must’ve been just right and the modeling gods were smiling on me that day because I’ve not been able to duplicate that that easily since! Then came the Monogram F-16A, and soon others followed. But as time went on, and I felt my ability had improved, those first models were never photographed as I didn’t think they measured up. Now, I see that was the wrong attitude; I believe now that they are good “archival” documents that show my evolution as a model builder. And also perhaps, show how far our hobby has come since then.
I took the A-10 out to the Cameron Municipal Airport several years ago, and the F-16 accompanied the Tigercat out there last week. It benefits from a little improvement in my photography skills thanks to the advice of my closest friend who is a professional photographer, among his many other talents! Unfortunately, I clumsily snapped off the pitot on the F-16 before I got it out of the truck. It was too hot out there to futz around with it much but I got it glued back together and back on but it’s now pretty droopy. 😉 The F-4E has still never been to the airport but I did take a few pics of it on our kitchen table some years ago. So, with no further ado (about time, right? 😉 ), here are a few photos of those “early” birds.
23 additional images. Click to enlarge.