Revisiting the Past

There are things you just can’t explain. For one there is my passion for airplanes since 1958, and my passion for the history of World War Two.

I studied to be a history teacher in the mid 60s. Graduating in 1970, I only taught history for two years out of 34. Being a young teacher in 1970, I got what was the least interesting subject to teach for other teachers in my school…

Religious education.

I taught that subject for two years, which I must say I have enjoyed teaching. Then, in the third year, English as a second language was added to my teacher’s task since I was bilingual.

A year later, the school principal needed a second history teacher…

I had finally made it!

My dream had finally come through…however that dream would last for only two years before I got shipped back to teaching English as a second language for the rest of the 70s. Later in 1980, I was transfered to another school board teaching English as a second language to 14 groups of 9 to 12 years-old kids. In 1981 I became a 6th grade teacher. I taught 6th grade for 15 years. In 1997, I got promoted to 5th grade, and I retired in 2004.

Revisiting the past is what I have been doing since 2008 with my first blog. It was a blog about genealogy written in French. I appropriately named it Nos ancêtres. I then created Our Ancestors, its English version, with the goal of reaching out for distant relatives in the U.S. and finding out more about my great-grandfather Stanislas Lagacé aka Dennis Lagassee.

Then, in July 2009, my wife’s uncle dropped a bombshell in a family reunion. More like a torpedo. He had been a stoker aboard a Canadian destroyer during World War Two torpedoed off the coast of France on April 29, 1944. I had never heard about HMCS Athabaskan which tells you a lot about what kind of history I was taught in the 60s.

This is when I decided to write about HMCS Athabaskan on my third blog Souvenirs de guerre. Lest We Forget, the English version, followed soon because many English speaking people were sharing so much information, stories, and pictures about HMCS Athabaskan.

I could go on and on with this story and tell you why I got to write 28 blogs about World War Two… You don’t have to count them nor read them all.

US Navy Night Fighter Squadron VF(N)-101

Souvenirs de guerre

British Commonwealth Air Training Plan

A Very Unlikely Hero

Edmund Poscavage

Lest We Forget

On Eternal Patrol

Pilote de Spitfire – Spitfire Pilot

Preserving the past

RAF 33 Squadron

RAF 68 Squadron

RAF 122 Squadron

RAF 203 Squadron

RAF 21 Squadron

RAF 23 Squadron

RAF 238 Squadron

RAF 249 Squadron

RAF 293 Squadron

RCAF 128 (F) Squadron

RCAF 420 Snowy Owl

RCAF 425 Les Alouettes

RCAF 425 Les Alouettes II

RCAF No. 401 squadron

RCAF No. 403 Squadron

RCAF No. 443 Squadron

Remembering HMCS Regina K- 234

Sergeant Gerald Thomas Padden

The Smith Brothers

Updated 5 August 2020

There are even more blogs!

Revisiting the past is what I do on this blog about building vintage model kits that were stored in the 80s in my basement.


Thanks to Amateur airplanes My Forgotten Hobby has been a part of my life since December 2013, and I have enjoyed every post I wrote or reblogged from others, as well as post No.500.

Let’s dream!


My Remembered Hobby

This is post 500.

Amateur Airplanes wrote it especially for My Forgotten Hobby.

It’s just beautiful!

My Remembered Hobby

When Pierre asked me to write a guest post on My Forgotten Hobby, I was both honored and nervous. Pierre has been with Amateur Airplanes since close to the beginning, offering praise and encouragement whenever possible. At the infancy of Amateur Airplanes, I really had no concept of what Amateur Airplanes was going to be. I knew that I wanted to be here for other model builders to offer up my experiences and give advice when I had the knowledge to give it. People like Pierre helped me create my identity here and it has turned into much more than I originally thought that it ever would.

So enough about Amateur Airplanes. Let’s talk about My Forgotten Hobby for a minute. When I first started following Pierre, MFH was non-existent. When he began building the blog site, I immediately took interest. Not just because it was directed at my own hobby, but because it had a nostalgic appeal to me. The kits that are featured, as well as the stash, are what I remember about building model airplanes as a kid. Those kits were stacked on the shelves and I saw them quite often. My start in the hobby was building with my dad and uncle. We would go to my Uncle Carl’s house on Friday nights for “model night” to build our kits. I would work on my kits during the week too but the Fridays were the more prominent times. Good memories. Pierre has unknowingly brought those back for me and I very much appreciate that.

Another aspect that I love is that he builds these dinosaur kits. I will be the first to admit that I am spoiled in my era with the options that I have. Older kits to me equal an ulcer. I have tried them and I get frustrated with them. As much as I love seeing the old Monogram kits in Pierre’s collection, I get a huge pit in my stomach thinking about building them. Kudos to all of you who build the “vintage kits”. But it works so well for him and I love watching the progress. Frustration is bound to occur, but he handles it with grace and purpose. I always look forward to more because I cannot do this with these older kits. Pierre has brought back an era to the hobby and is sticking to it.

2016: Year In Review

My mentor…

amateur airplanes

Well, I am certainly a little late here with this post but I kind of wanted to go over last years builds and changes here at Amateur Airplanes. I also want to go over what we can hopefully expect out of 2017. Given the fact that this post comes as January is almost concluding, it’s safe to say that this year has started off slow for me. Nevertheless, I have some pretty different ideas for some future builds. Now I won’t reveal them just yet but I am truly giddy to get them started.

So 2016…Not my best year in terms of builds. On the plus side, it wasn’t my worst either. Twenty-five completed builds is what I was able to achieve here in 2016. A lot went on here that swayed that number last year. The new house sucked plenty of time away. The move and getting settled in…

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Courtesy Amateur airplanes

Doolittle mod

Jimmy Doolittle

As Jimmy Doolittle inspired his men, I got inspired by what Amateur Airplanes posted on his blog.

Sometimes inspiration is all we need to stop procrastinating. Earl Cullison’s pictures and personal messages were also instrumental in my decision to build what I had in my stash.



The B-24 J has been sitting in its box since 1977 and the B-24 D since the early 80s.

That procrastinating! I am only waiting for the poll to decide a winner because I won’t build two kits at the same time.

Not with my workplace…


Or my cats snooping around…


As for voting… you can vote as many times you want you know.


Compulsive 1/72 scale model airplane builder…

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So here is my traditional end of build, “let’s put em’ all together”, post. All four together are interesting in the fact that they all differ in appearance, yet share the most crucial element of flight. It’s also neat to look at the ones that made it to production and how they have become the aircraft that we know today.

The Yf-16 and YF-17 made for a fun side by side. I wanted to get the two competitors pictured together for a few shots. They both have gone on to be proven fighters.

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