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

Written a year ago…

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I hope you won’t get hooked on this blog about my forgotten hobby.

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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

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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

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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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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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Houston… We’ve got a big problem!

 You may call it a big collection if you want…

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I would call it more a big problem.

When to start building my big unbuilt collection of model airplane kits, and then, where to display them afterwards when they are built?

I have been reading this blog and I know that my problem is shared by many model builders.

Pat Murphy is a model builder who does not have a problem with his collection. He works as a volunteer in a museum in Victoria, British Colombia. He contributed to one of my blogs I write about a Spitfire squadron in WWII.

You can see what he did to pay homage to Spitfire pilots.

Click here.

Impressive work isn’t?

And what about that untold story behind my B-29, sitting on the box of an unbuilt Revell 1/48th scale B1-B bomber on top a bookcase, which is gathering dust and is easy prey to my scared cats…?

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I use a can of compress air to move the propellers around when my two year-old grandson visit me.

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You should have seen the look in his eyes.

Sorry folks no picture of my grandson, only my cats…

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Maybe my grandson will get hooked on building airplane model kits like his grandfather was back in 1958, and, one day, build some with him.

Can cats help in building model airplanes?

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Post No. 9

Who reads this blog anyway?

 I do so is Allan Bussie who wrote me a personal e-mail last night.

Hello Pierre,

Even with that dust, that is a very good looking kit!

Thank you for your email.  You are welcome to use pictures and such as long as you give credit to www.oldmodelkits.com or have a link like you did.

I appreciate the fact that you included the link.  Feel free to use anything as long as you give credit as you did.

I enjoyed your blog!  Especially the photos of the older models – and the wrecked B-17!

Sincerely,
Alan

To which I replied…

Hi Allan,

I will surely send my readers to visit your Website when I use your pictures, and also send them to read articles on your blog which is fascinating.
I am a 65 years-old 10 year-old kid just having fun on Cyberworld.

This is just the beginning. I have several blogs on WWII.

Glad you enjoy this blog. I enjoy writing it.

Pierre

P.S. I have cleaned up my planes yesterday and I started repairing the B-25 this afternoon.

This blog is like traveling back in time.

This is my favorite airplane and my favorite model kit.

This B-29 model was built in 1977 or 1978.

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I remember well because my daughter was not born yet.

Monogram had just released this 1/48th scale B-29, and I had to have it.

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If you click on this next image, you will see how I painted it.

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In fact, I did not paint it. It’s all covered with aluminium foil using glue from an aerosol can.

Great technique that was also used on the B-17 G.

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Hey Mac! It’s aluminium foil…

There are also stories behind the B-29.

One is here.

A trip in 2013 with my cousin Joe to the New England Air Museum.

Author’s personal collection

Another story I will tell you later… Sometimes, I am playing with my B-29 with someone who is very dear to me…

It’s not my cat.

My boneyard

I hope you have enjoyed yesterday’s post about the Flying Tigers like the only  visitor I had on this new blog yesterday.

I intend to get more traffic. 

This post is about my boneyard. Nothing compare to boneyards in U.S.

Cats don’t live in harmony with model airplanes. This is why I keep a boneyard.

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This Monogram 1/48th scale B-25 G is one of them.

I bought it in Washington, D.C. in 1976 when I visited the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It was my first trip with my new girlfriend. I have a beautiful picture I had taken of her in Washington, but I won’t post it.

Nicole would become my wife a few months later.

This Monogram B-17 G was shot down a few years ago when one of my cats got scared.

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My wife was scared about my reaction…

I love cats more than model airplanes.

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The cat survived, but the Flying Fortress did not. I have recovered most of the parts and I intend to repair it someday.

God knows when I will do it though.

I have another Monogram B-17 G. This one on top of a bookcase where sometimes one of my cats takes refuge when she is scared by someone entering the house.

Scary, but this B-17 G has survived.

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Sorry for the fuzzy shot…

Here’s a better shot of this B-17 G.

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Only the tail guns are missing. The ground crew take good care of the old lady. The display board was made for a C-47 model I had built in the 1980s. It was also shot down by another of my cats in 2002, and now sits on a shelf.

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My biggest problem with starting again building the 50 or so airplane model kits I have is where to safely display them in the house with my cats always running around them when they are scared.

How do you display a 1/48 scale Monogram B-29?

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Simple…

On top of the box of an unbuilt 1/48 scale Revell B-1 Bomber I bought in the 80s.

How I got hooked on WWII: the sequel

I hope you won’t get hooked on My Forgotten Hobby.

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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

Source

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

Source

I can still see that model airplane in my mindBoy 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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Click here.

How I got hooked on WWII

December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy…

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How I got hooked on building model kits?

B-17 Lindberg

1/64   525-249   Lindberg   Boeing B-17 G Bomber by Paul Lindberg
NM+   Injection Molded   old

From the late 1950s. Fantastic condition kit with dramatic box art by Ray Gaedke. Colors and box top are as new with brilliant colors and gloss. The only flaw is a slight and even dishing in of the box. Inside, the kit has never been started and is inventoried 100% complete with all parts, decals and instructions. Features complete crew, movable control surfaces, rotating and elevating guns, retractable landing gear and clear adjustable display stand.

This is where I retrieve this information that was etched in my mind since 1958.

Click here.

I am not selling anything, but I thought I would give this person a little publicity.

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So what about the story behind this model kit I have never built even though I built hundreds and hundreds?

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I will tell you next time because you remembered what I told you before…

Only short stories on this blog.

Spitfire!

I think this new blog is just going to be fun.

I will only have short posts on this blog about model kit building. Short posts because I won’t probably build any model kits in the future. But then maybe I will if I can stop creating blogs after blogs after blogs…

In 1958 I had to choose between this airplane model kit… 

Spitfire Lindberg

and this one.

F-86 Lindberg Sabre Jet

My brother, who was 11 in 1958, chose the Spitfire.

There was no arguing because I liked the Sabre Jet better.

The Spitfire was the only model kit my brother would ever build in his life. I would go on to build hundreds and hundreds of model kits mostly from WWII era.

For every model kit I built since 1958, there has always been is a story behind each one!

So I could continue on writing this blog about building model kits without even building another one.

Next time I will tell you where I got the box top images.