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…

 

 

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

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

Building Monogram 1/48 scale SBD Dauntless.

Where was I the last time when I finished my last build? I had found all about Gérard Pelletier, a French-Canadian air gunner, who is missing since September 3rd, 1942.

 

Then I bought some model kits…

And 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

 

P-40

 

Prang!

 

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.