Planes, trains and automobiles...I model all of them. I have been building since I was a young kid living on the USAF base in Ramstein Germany in the 60's. I made glue bombs every Saturday afternoon after I got paid $.50 for caddying for my Dad at the base golf course. I alternate between model railroading, model building and slot car racing. I like them all and have learned that if I lose interest in 1 of my hobbies, don't sell my stuff for that hobby, as the interest will eventually return.
I like to build Century series jets as well as WW2 fighters. Originally I was all 1/72 scale, but as I age, 1/48th scale is becoming more appealing, although storage for the larger planes is a challenge.
I have been a professional photographer since the early 80's.
My family has a long history of military aviation in Canada. My great Uncle Andrew McKeever had 31 victories in WW1. My Uncle Jim Thompson won a DFC in WW2. My Dad was a F-86 and CF-104 pilot. My brother in law flew with the CAF Snowbirds and I have 3 nephews who are current pilots in the RCAF.
I started this 70’s era kit around 1979 when I was still in college. I got around to painting the interior and then it got put away. I found the barely started kit hiding behind some kits in April of 2021 over 40 years later. I was [...]
This model was initially a joint project with my nephew 20 years ago. I painted and decaled the body using the kit decals. My nephew who was 15 at the time completed the model. The model was returned to me 2 years ago as my nephew had [...]
1/48th scale Airfix RCAF CT-155 Hawk by Don Weixl January 2022 Vernon BC Canada
For some reason I thought it was a good idea to build 3 BAe Hawks at the same time. My plan was to build a 1/72 Swiss Airforce Hawk, a 1/72 RCAF Hawk and [...]
My 1/72 scale model of the Royal Canadian Airforce (RCAF) CT-155 Hawk jet trainer was built using the Italeri BAE Hawk Series MK.100 kit. This kit has the necessary long nose and “new” wing compared to the older Hawk jets. A bit of [...]
I started this simple little kit around 1980 when I was still in college. I was quite ambitious at the time by cutting out the flaps and cutting off the cargo door, planning to detail the interior. At the time I numbered the flaps and wing [...]
My original plan was to build this kit to depict a Red Arrows aircraft. Somehow I lost the plot and ended up using the kit decals depicting a Swiss Airforce aircraft. I liked the red and white paint scheme set off with the Swiss cross [...]
2 x Hobbycraft 1/72 scale
by Don Weixl
Note: This article first appeared in Hyperscale back in 2013.
Canadian aviation fans have a fascination with the Avro CF-105 Arrow. The Arrow was a large twin engine [...]
Started Jan. 2020
Finished March 2020
This kit has been in my stash for over 40 years. The box art on this inexpensive kit from the late 70s caught my eye. A Spitfire in bare metal finish is not that common. I was lucky to see the [...]
1/72 Airfix F-84F Thunderstreak Diavoli Rossi
Started Feb. 2020
Finished April 2020
The box art on this kit got my attention right away with the super flashy Italian Airforce Red Devil (Diavoli Rossi) demonstration team livery. The decal [...]
I have had this kit in my stash since the late 70s! I think it cost about $4.00 Canadian back in the day. Heller’s 1/72 scale aircraft kits were generally really good for that era, although the decals were a bit on the crude side. Raised [...]