It’s hard to let go when you are passionate about something whether it’s writing blogs or building model airplanes.
Repairing and painting Marcel’s Mosquito with the right camouflage so people in Bromptonville will not laugh at him when he plays with it on his balcony is the mission I had undertaken a few weeks ago.
When to let it go?
Some people in Bromptonville might have noticed Marcel on his balcony and have asked…
Hey Marcel isn’t that a model airplane of a Mosquito with 23 Squadron during WWII circa 1942? Eugene’s Mosquito did not have that camouflage! He flew his first mission on December 5th, 1944! The paint is all wrong…
In your wildest dreams!
Unless a politician decides that it could be a great way to get votes and use Eugene Gagnon’s fame.
I am sure you have seen that.
Getting back to my Mosquito, I decided to use leftover paint I had to paint it with the right colors. 15 year-old Polly S PCE 75 Dark Green.
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In my younger days I was fanatical about Airfix kits and had a bedroom full of plane models. You would automatically think that my favourite would be the Spitfire but I have a penchant for the Korea war period. So my favourite would be the F-86 Sabre.
Amateur airplanes wants to see how the Mosquito looks like with the new camouflage. I still have to paint the canopy and do some touch-up paint, and of course make new decals with Papilio.
I bought Tamiya paint with the right colors, but I decided to mix my own using leftover acrylic paint my son had used for painting his hockey player figurines. He has forgotten that hobby since, and he has a lot of never opened bottles.
So I said…
Hey! Why not mix my own. Who would notice the difference in the skies over Bromptonville, Quebec?
No one except Marcel and I.
As a footnote to this, I wonder if Amateur airplanes will see I have not glued the pitot tube on the tail and the antenna.
I built this model airplane for Marcel in 2012. I was in a hurry because I wanted to give it as a gift for his 85th birthday.
At that time I knew not that much about how to paint it with the right camouflage.
Who cares about repairing it since the cleaning lady did not handle it properly and painting it correctly?
I do and Marcel does too.
Since 2010, Marcel has been trying to convince people in his hometown to pay homage to Eugene Gagnon who flew 33 missions during WWII flying on a Mosquito. Eugene survived the war, but he died in 1947 in a plane crash outside Windsor Mills, not far away from his hometown of Bromptonville, Quebec.
People go crazy when they see a Mosquito flying today.
But not in Bromptonville, Quebec.
The only Mosquito flying over Bromptonville was this model airplane, and no one noticed it.
I think it would be easier for Marcel to convince a Mosquito owner to fly his restored Mosquito over Bromptonville to get people’s attention than trying to convince people in his hometown to put a plaque honoring a war hero.
I visited my old friend Marcel Bergeron last Friday. I had to go to Sherbrooke and I stopped for a few hours to say hello.
Marcel is mostly responsible for all this procrastination on this blog.
This is one more reason. The last model airplane I built that I gave as a gift.
I just happened to take a look at it under the TV set with other model airplanes he has.
Lo and behold!
Missing antenna, loose left elevator, bent pitot tube on the tail. Of course this model was made before I knew how the Mosquito of his youth hero looked like when he was flying it with RAF 23 Squadron.
Eugene Gagnon 1921-1947
So the camouflage is all wrong as well as the decals. So what am I going to do my loyal readers?