I hope you won’t get hooked on My Forgotten Hobby.
So what’s the story behind that 1/64th scale B-17?
I was walking home from school during lunch hour in 1958. There was this men’s store, on the corner of Jean-Talon Street and De Lorimier Street in Montreal, which had model kits in its display window.
The men’s store is not there anymore.
2035 Jean-Talon Street
There were two display windows, one on the left and one on the right. I stopped cold and I was mesmerized by what I saw.
Not men’s clothes…
I had never seen a model airplane before in my whole life.
This was one of them although mine in the men’s store display was silver.
I have found the box top on the Internet.
I even found this instruction sheet.
In 1958 this was an epiphany even though I had no idea what that word meant.
So folks this is how I got hooked on WWII!
A 1/64th scale model of a B-17 G made by Paul Lindberg’s company.
I can still see that model airplane in my mind.
Boy it was huge.
I wish I had a cellphone at that time to snap a picture, although being 10 years-old and coming back from school in the 50s this would have been quite improbable.
Anyway I got hooked and I built a F-86 Sabre Jet after that epiphany.
I got hooked even more later on when I saw a movie in a church basement on a Saturday matinee.
I can still remember the movie vividly.
I will always remember Air Force and December 7th, 1941, a day which will live in infamy, even if I was born in 1948.
I hope you believe my story…
Not all stories are true you know.
Maybe you got this one in the mail yesterday.