Click here to read what Al Bussie wrote about this model kit manufacturer bringing back good old memories from old model kits.
The name Monogram is synonymous with quality in model kits. The founders, Jack Besser and Bob Reder, had a clear vision of what constitutes an excellent model kit and how to transform that into mass production. Not surprisingly, Monogram proved to be a profitable company for many years. Early Wood and Plastic Kits In 1945 the company was producing stick/tissue aircraft kits and solid wooden kits of ships and cars. The ship line consisted of a US Battleship, Destroyer, Cruiser, Aircraft Carrier and Landing Craft.
1982 Revell of Germany reissue of the original ‘S’ kit. Issue date is probably mid 1960s/early 1970s. Builds up to an impressive and well detailed kit representing the rebuilt Essex with an angled deck. Air wing includes helicopter, F9F Cougars, F8U Crusaders, A-1 Skyraiders, A-4 Skyhawks and F11F Tigers. Has deck crane and 6 deck tractors. Side elevators go up and down; mid-deck bow elevator can be shown down or up.
My dad had bought it.
I can still see myself building it and playing with it 50 some years later. That’s how long memories last.
I was 12 or 13 years old, so the information I believe is incorrect as to the issue date. In the mid 60s my father was not buying Christmas gifts anymore.
My interest for aircraft carriers started there in the late 50s, and I built a few of them if I can recall…
I don’t make up things, I only build model airplane kits. I did not build this particular model airplane.
Someone else did.
How I came to know him is a very interesting anecdote.
I got these pictures from Marten along with this message.
Sorry for taking so long to get around to this, but here are the photos of the 1:48 scale Tamiya Mosquito I made as a tribute to my grandfather (Ted Gosling). I did the plane as PZ170 (YP-D) as this was the one he did his freshman flight in.
I knew all about Mosquitos, but I knew nothing about Mosquitos based in Malta, nor did I know about Eugene Gagnon, a French-Canadian, who flew 33 missions, most over Germany, from December 6th, 1944 to May 1945.
I just had to know more about that pilot.
Just Joe III is not just about someone whose name was Joe or Eugene Gagnon. In fact I don’t know if Eugene had christened his Mosquito.
When to start building my big unbuilt collection of model airplane kits, and then, where to display them afterwards when they are built?
I have been reading this blog and I know that my problem is shared by many model builders.
Pat Murphy is a model builder who does not have a problem with his collection. He works as a volunteer in a museum in Victoria, British Colombia. He contributed to one of my blogs I write about a Spitfire squadron in WWII.
You can see what he did to pay homage to Spitfire pilots.