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@georgeswork George Schembri

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Being one of five kids, I had three older brothers (and one younger sister) and there was always one of us building some kind a aircraft, be it a scale plastic model or a free flight rubber band powered kit or a gas powered U-Control plane. The end of summer vacation was typically highlighted by the riding our bikes the the waterfront of Toronto and watching the Canadian National Exhibition Air-Show with memories of seeing my first Starfighter or B-52 or being able to (almost) see inside the cockpit of a banking Corsair flying by within the breakwater. One summer, after taking the ferry to the Toronto Island Airport, we were asked to help push a visiting US Marine Harrier out of the hanger as it was preparing its flight checks during the Airshow and was ale to talk to the American pilot before he suited up for the demo flight. Always being fascinated by aircraft and the concept of flight, I found myself building either 1/48 scale WWII planes and 1/72 jets. By the time I graduated High School though, the model building took a back seat.

My studies resulted in a BTech Degree in Electrical Power – Engineering Technology and was lucky enough to begin a career at the Ontario Hydro Research Department working with some talented Engineers and Technologists focusing on Power System Stability. Testing and tuning generator excitation and governor systems, tests were conducted on Hydraulic, Thermal and Nuclear units of all sizes all over North America – the largest being the 1,000 MW units a the Darlington Power Facility. After a decade working on generators, I was able to jump over to the transmission side of the company – working as a Protection and Control Technologist in the Operation Division. My final decade of work was with the Tech Services Group writing procedures and assisting Field Staff with commissioning and routine testing or fault investigation.

After working 35 years, my kids are all grown up and finished school and I am getting ready for retirement. Always having a itch to make ‘something’ and being a bit of a history nut and always loving the technical aspect of things, somehow I found my way back to scale modelling. Focusing on a kit makes hours seem like minutes. Reading tech specs on the Fw190D-9 or an F-4 Phantom or F-22 can make my jaw drop sometimes and I find me asking myself “How the heck were they able to do that?”
The new kits all appear to literally be miniature engineering marvels and the older kits bring back many memories of the fun I had in my younger years. Finding a community of scale modelers like iModeler is such a confidence booster and provides such great support for any hobby enthusiast.
I looking forward to completing a lot of kits in my old stash and some of the kits from recent purchases – somehow I have ended up in owning over 400 aircraft kits yet to be built – so I do have some work ahead of me and my newly acquired bifocals are ready.
Somehow, I got to remember to ask my wife to play a game of cribbage after dinner and BEFORE going down to the hobby room in the basement.
Thanks iModeler

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CF-104 CAF Starfighter ‘1971 Tiger Bird’ – Academy 1/72

This build was a testing stage for painting this Tiger Meet scheme after seeing a similar paint scheme at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. The biggest concern was being able to completely separate the Yellow from any Black overspray while [...]

F-86 RCAF Golden Hawks Sabre – HobbyCraft 1/72

Would have had this finished earlier but a bathroom renovation got in the way, funny how other things seem to get higher priority. This RCAF Golden Hawks Serial 23651 aircraft is actually on display at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in H[...]

F-16A IAF ‘Netz’ – ESCI 1/72 Fighting Falcon

Just completed last night. this ESCI kit #9026 was initiated a long time ago and was put in storage with the fuselage and wings assembled. Pulled out of storage, I worked on the build and paint on and off the last few months. I decide to go for [...]

F-104G Luftwaffe Starfighter – Hasegawa 1/72

I finally found the missing gas tank behind a book shelf! I actually completed this build about 9 months ago but could not find the starboard wing gas tank which was found just a few days ago as I did some rearranging of shelving. This was one o[...]

DH110 Sea Vixen Target Tug Frog 1/72

This is the Frog kit #F409 of the DH110 Sea Vixen FAW.2 and was built as part of de Havilland 100 Years Group Build. Thanks to Erik Gjørup (@airbum) for starting the DH GB as there are some great kits being built. The kit was initially release [...]

Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star Airfix 1/72

This is Airfix Kit 02043-3 Lockheed F-80C Shooting Star belonging to the 25th Fighter Squadron (Fall 1951) another build for the ‘Korea : The Forgotten War……’ GB. This kit was finished in about a week. I had the kit for a LONG time but it wasn’[...]

Supermarine Seafire FR47 Airfix 1/48

This is Airfix Kit 07106 Supermiarine Seafire FR47 built as part of the 'Korea : The Forgotten War……' GB. Thanks to the GB as I would have built this kit later than sooner. Very nice kit with impressive fit and detail. Biggest issues were the tr[...]

EofJ GB 1/72 Fujimi Aichi B7A2 Ryusei Kai (Grace)

This is the Fujimi Kit C-34 Aichi B7A2 Grace, built as part of the Empire of Japan GB. Straight OOB build using kit decals and Tamiya acrylics for the outer surfaces with a home mixes ‘satin’ clear coat. Within the last couple of months, I only [...]

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Visit Post #2

Just too many photos to post and too many aircraft to see. Showing my Dad the photos, upon see the photos of the George "Buzz" Beurling dedication my Dad insists he witnessed Beurlings Spitfire in the sky above Malta when he was a kid - he was a[...]

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum – Tiger Moth Flight and Visit #1

As things start opening up, I was lucky enough to be able to book a flight as a passenger on a de Havilland Tiger Moth at The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Hamilton, Ontario - First time taking a flight other than being an airline passeng[...]
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