I don’t make up these anecdotes – Redux

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.

Hi Pierre

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 also found (on ebay) an ASH radar conversion kit for those lucky enough to own the mammoth Airfix 1:24 Mosquito, here is the link http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Alley-Cat-1-24-Mosquito-FB-Mk-VI-ASH-Radar-Conv-Set-for-Airfix-AC24001C-/181277008417?pt=Model_Kit_US&hash=item2a34f3a221

Thanks again for this blog, it is great to have the word of 23 squadron spreading!

All the best and have a great Christmas

Marten Richens

Who’s Marten?

Who’s Ted Gosling?

Am I making up all this?

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1/48 Tamiya Mosquito B Mk IV
by Frank Dargies

More on a navigator who flew on that type of Mosquito.

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Tired of all those anecdotes?

I hope you’re not.

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Nigel Bicknell collection via Marcus Bicknell
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Eugene’s nephew’s collection of unbuilt model airplanes

A little finishing touch on Marcel’s Mosquito…

Now back to more serious business I hope.

These model kits are part of Eugene’s nephew’s collection of unbuilt model airplanes. 


I would wish they were mine since they are collector’s items. That’s what I told the rightful owner.

All these model kits were in an old cardboard box along with this Monogram Mosquito.

Monogram PA129-200 Mos Mint

Jacques Gagnon, Eugene Gagnon’s nephew, bought them some 50 years ago, and just like my collection, they were still in their original boxes.

You should know by now all about Eugene Gagnon a French-Canadian Mosquito pilot with 23 Squadron don’t you? If you don’t, you should Google his name to find out why I have not built model airplanes since 2010.

I told Jacques earlier this year that I was going to build his Mosquito as a memorial to his uncle. Since I already had one, I am going to build two!

YP-O and YP-G with the ASH radar in the nose.


Making decals is just like making bread. You just have to find the right recipe

Piece of cake like the Mosquito pilots used to say after a trip  over enemy airfields deep into Germany. At night, flying around 400 mph, 100 feet above the ground.

01048 Never Say Die, low res

Eugene  did 33 trips with 23 Squadron stationed  at Little  Snoring.

July 1945

Back in January  2010, I  didn’t  know  that  Eugene  Gagnon  had been a pilot until  I  got  a request asking  for my help in finding  more about  someone’s youth hero.

Marcel Bergeron and his Mosquito

This next series of posts will be the icing on the cake with my Mosquito  story. My loyal  readers  know all about Eugene Gagnon, but maybe they have missed some part of the story.

This is Marcel’s Mosquito with its proper camouflage and decals.







It’s  by no means  perfect, but I know  Marcel  will  keep  an eye  on the  cleaning  lady from now on.

A forgotten hero

Since 2010, Marcel Bergeron has been trying to convince people in his hometown of Bromptonville, Quebec, to pay homage to Eugene Gagnon who flew 33 missions during WWII flying on a Mosquito. Eugene won the DFC and he survived the war. He died in 1947 in a plane crash outside Windsor Mills, not far away from his hometown of Bromptonville.

Marcel has been unsuccessful, but to thank him for all his effort I built him in 2012 a replica of Eugene’s Mosquito.

That’s what I thought in 2012.

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I had the wrong camouflage.

Marcel would have never known about it, but I knew it was not the right camouflage. So I decided to repaint it and make new decals.

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Repairing my B-17 would have to wait.

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That was last year!

The time is right for making decals.

Making decals is just like making bread. You just have to find the right recipe.

When to let it go?

If you missed that gem post I wrote in September…
There is a subtle message about honoring forgotten heroes.

My Forgotten Hobby

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.

Marcel on the balcony

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.

Déjà vu?

I am sure you have seen that.

Getting back to my Mosquito, I…

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Make your own decals – Redux

Make your own decals is not a new idea. I had learned about it when my son was a teenager. He is now 30.

Back then he had bought decal paper for his collection of hockey player figurines.

hockey player figurine

He used them once, and the results were that not conclusive.

Fifteen years later I found out why!  

Clear aerosol decal fixative spray had to be used!



Sometimes it takes time for something to sink in.

After the holiday season, I will experience clear aerosol decal fixative spray on the decal sheet I just printed on my new Canon MG5600 series inkjet printer. This is by no means an add about decal paper, clear aerosol decal fixative spray, nor Canon MG5600 series inkjet printer.



See you in 2015.


How I got hooked on WWII: the sequel – Happy Birthday

Written a year ago…


I hope you won’t get hooked on this blog about 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

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…

Model airplanes!

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.

Lindberg B-17 G olive drab

I have found the box top on the Internet.

B-17 Lindberg

I even found this instruction sheet.

Lindberg B-17 G instructions


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.

Lindberg B-17 G olive drab


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.

F-86 Lindberg Sabre Jet with plane

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.


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Click here for the movie trailer.

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.

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