Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant Mk I – First steps

Having a rainy day is a great incentive to start building what I bought seven months ago.

One thing Airfix did was to provide us with clear instructions.

Some cockpit parts are delicate, and I broke part C21 when I removed it from the sprue. Luckily it won’t show.

The rest of the assembly was easy except for installing part D28.

Installing parts D20 and D21 was a breeze.

Next time on My Forgotten Hobby, Step 12 which I already did taking advantage of a sleeping cat…



Where was I the last time when I finished my last build?

Updated 8 August 2020

Where was I the last time when I finished my last build?

Building Monogram 1/48 scale SBD Dauntless.

Where was I?

I had found all about Gérard Pelletier, a French-Canadian air gunner, who is still missing since September 3rd, 1942.


Then I bought some model kits…

And I created a blog about RAF 264 Squadron, and along the way finding a new addictive hobby…

Colorising photos!

Avro Anson


A mail carrier B-17 with the RCAF


Learning more about Buzz Beurling


More on these 425 Alouette Squadron airmen

About a postwar Mosquito in Canada


More 425 Alouette Squadron airmen


Ground crew posing with a RCAF 410 Squadron Defiant based at RAF Drem

A French-Canadian fighter pilot Joseph Desloges who took part in the Battle of Britain.


A modified painting of a BCATP Fairey Battle

Two well-known RAF 264 Squadron pilot and air gunner


Pilots with RCAF 416 Squadron


425 Alouette Squadron (September 1944)


Buzz Beurling’s friend




Gordon McKenzie Hill, a RCAF 416 Squadron pilot


A Fleet Finch stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


Fleet Finches stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec  (1940)



A Typhoon pilot


Gordon McKenzie Hill, a RCAF 416 Squadron pilot


425 Alouette Squadron Handley Page Halifax III



Laurent Lamontagne, a friend’s father


Jean-Paul Corbeil and Pierre Gauthier with 425 Alouette (May 1944)


“Tush” Laviolette (425 Squadron)


LAC Leslie Scott






Sergeant Gérard Pelletier


Squadron Leader Chadburn (416 Squadron)


A Tiger Moth stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


Tiger Moths stationed at No.4 EFTS Windsor Mills, Quebec


Hawker Typhoon


Picture colorised for Clarence Simonsen to be used for an upcoming research.

Where was I the last time when I finished my last build?

I thought you would never ask!

Next time…

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Will there be a My Forgotten Hobby II?

Looks like it doesn’t it?

This is what’s in the box.

I was a bit afraid to open it yesterday…LMF?

Lack of moral fiber?

Edward Rowland “Ted” Thorn and air gunner Fred Barker (source Internet)


I did not know what LMF was when I was a 10 year-old back in 1958 looking at model airplanes in the window display of a men’s store. 

60 years later I know how these brave men must have felt aboard a Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I. I know also that the Mk.II had some little problems to be ironed out. I read it in the Operations Record Book of RAF 264 Squadron.

I learn a lot reading those. Like what these unsung heroes did, seen here in Gerard Pelletier’s album.


The Boys at “264” Dispersal

Sergeant Fred Barker DFM and Bar

Bill Moncur and Johnnie Horan

Flight Sergeant Pelletier and Bill Moncur

Chandler, Rose, and Johnson

Mike and Tony Stuart

John Trigg

Edward Rowland “Ted” Thorn

Fred Pelham

Dan Corser and Ginger Lauder

You will understand why I won’t be building model kits for a little while yet even though the temptation is there to start building.


The story behind the Airfix Handley-Page Halifax?

Updated 8 August 2020

True story!

This model kit was built in the early 1960s.


It’s probably one of the first kits of the Handley-Page Halifax released by Airfix in 1961.


source Internet

Jean-Paul Corbeil, the veteran I have been seeing since 2010, got this model airplane in the 60s as a  gift  from a young  boy. This young boy often  came to his sporting goods store in Rouen-Noranda to look at the model kits he was  selling as well as sporting  goods. Mr. Corbeil always wanted to get a hold of a model kit of the Halifax, but none were available.

The boy’s  father  was  a travelling  salesman, and when he saw one he bought this Airfix model kit so his son could buid it and give it as a gift to the veteran air gunner who flew on a Halifax during World War Two.

Jean-Paul Corbeil, mitrailleur tourelle dorsale, et Pierre Gauthier, navigateur

Jean-Paul Corbeil is seen on the left in front of KW-O

The code KW-Y on the airplane is correct, and seemed to have been painted on.


KW-Y (call sign Yoke)

I have decided to keep this model as original as possible with the one built in the 60s. Only the missing parts were taken from another Airfix model kit.

Keeping a promise

Updated 8 August 2020

I can’t procrastinate too much on restoring this old Airfix Handley-Page Halifax.


I know you can see two model airplanes, but the one on top is the one I will be restoring to give it back to a WWII veteran.

The story behind this old Airfix kit is that it belonged to a WW II veteran.

He gave it to me last year so I could repair it. All this to pay homage to a WW II veteran and his squadron…425 Alouette.

The next step will follow tomorrow because I want  to let the glue dry.