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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

Grumman X-29A – Hasegawa 1/72

As part of my growing assembly of F-5 related/based builds in 1/72, the Grumman X-29 was just completed. I'm considering this build done for now, I've misplaced the 'Chuck Sewel' decal which goes on the canopy frame and I was going to try a pane[...]

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum Visit 2021 – And getting schooled in a Harvard.

Got to visit the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum again and was able to book a 20 minute flight in one of their aircraft and this year it was the North American Harvard, which was quite a thrill. I actually got the fly it around for a few minut[...]

F-86F RCAF ‘Hawk One’ Sabre – Hasegawa 1/72

Vintage Wings of Canada owned and operated RCAF 23314 Canadair F-86 'Hawk One' Sabre from 2008-2018. A few posts identify 23314 was originally a Sabre Mk.5 with the small upper wing fences to help counteract the deletion of the previous models [...]

MiG-19PM Heller 1/72

Another model completed which was started in the last century and was pulled out of storage. Checking the web, this Heller kit No 251 was probably released in 1979, with the initial release in 1973. Considering the age, I think Heller did a nice[...]

DH112 Sea Venom FAW Mk.53 RAN, SCAT (Frog) 1/72

I found this pre-owned kit about a year or so ago for the grand price of $7. It's the SCAT 1/72 DH112 Sea Venom dressed as Royal Australian Navy FAW Mk.53, built part of the DH-100 Group Build - thanks to Erik Gjørup (@airbum) for creating that [...]

Top Gun ‘MiG-28’ (F-5E), Airfix 1/72

Here is a quick post of the 'MiG-28' from the 1986 Top Gun Movie Airfix kit A00502 With 'Top Gun: Maverick' expected release some time this year, Airfix did a re-release of this kit from the original 1987 kit. After I posted my last build of th[...]

T-38A Talon ‘USAF Thunderbirds 1974 – 1981’ Hasegawa 1/72

This is the T-38A Talon in USAF Thunderbirds dress from 1974 through 1981. The kit is Hasegawa's A17 T-38A Kit with instructions showing the kit is basically an F-5B with its leading wing edges trimmed back. The Decals used were Microscale 72-13[...]

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 [...]