Never say…

As Christmas 2019 is now a thing in the past, I was reflecting this Sunday morning on My Forgotten Hobby I had created in December 2013, and how to eventually build all the 60+ model kits I have bought since the early 1980s.

Memories from the past still linger on…

I wish I could build Monogram’s Spitfire Mark IX again. It was state-of-the art back in the 1960s. I know I could still buy one. However the price might be quite high for just reminiscing about the past.

With that in mind I had decided to shop around a little on and I found this for under $30 CDN…

How could I resist not buying it. I had built Monogram’s P-39 in the 1970s and gave it away in 1973 with most of my collection to my students in my history class when I moved out of my parents’ place.

I then said to myself…

Why have I said last year I will never ever buy another model kit?

I know this is not a Spitfire, but this one is…

Why have I said last year I will never ever buy another model kit?

That was before I found this Eduard’s Spitfire Mk IX review

How could I have ever said I will never ever buy another model kit?

To-do list (67 model kits)

My to-do list on My Forgotten Hobby II

My Forgotten Hobby II

Updated 21 August, 2019

I think it’s a great idea to have a list of what I have in my stash, especially when Amazon always puts on adds whenever I open my computer and go on the Internet.

This way hopefully I can avoid going on another spending spree, and I plan ahead on my next builds by setting up some priorities…

Helicopters (3)

Monogram (3)

AH-1S (almost completed many years ago)

Bell Huey Hog (bought many years ago)

AH-64 Apache (started many years ago)

Planes (55)

Airfix (5)

Boulton-Paul Defiant (bought in 2018)

Battle of Britain and Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 (bought in 2018)

Battle of Britain and Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 (bought in 2018)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk V / Messerschmidt Me109E (bought in 2018)

AMT (1)

A-20 (bought many years ago)

Fujimi (1)

Aichi Type 99 Val (bought many years ago)

Tamiya (9)

Zero A6M2 (bought many years…

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Intermission (3) – Current News on The Hump — Pacific Paratrooper

The B-24 that crashed was a B-24 J. This is a B-24 D, an older model.

At 7:40 a.m. Jan. 25, 1944, five B-24 Liberator heavy bombers from the 308th Bombardment Group, 425th Squadron, took off from their base at Kunming, China, on a routine supply run to India. Their route took them over the Hump, a treacherous eastern stretch of tall peaks in the Himalayan mountains. At 10:45 a.m., flying […]

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A Dawn Like Thunder By Robert J. Mrazek

Great book review by Plane Dave

This is the author’s Website.

About the men


Plane Dave

The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight

This is an excellent look at a pivotal period from an unusual perspective. I’ve read several unit histories. Often they are a bit dull, except presumably to those with a close connection to the unit.  But this book really stands out for several reasons.  First is just that the squadron’s period of activity is so key to the history of the Pacific War. Torpedo Eight was operational from late 1941 to late 1942, but more to the point the unit saw action at the Battle of Midway and in the Guadalcanal campaign.
The book further stands out for telling the story at a very human level while weaving anecdotes and reminiscences into the greater historic narrative.  So we get a nice balance of exciting, tragic and funny combined with why these things mattered. It is an extremely effective way of writing such a…

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Ready for Battle?

Jacques Chevrier

Colorised photo courtesy Richard Molloy

A group of pilots of No 1 Squadron RCAF, gather round one of their Hawker Hurricane Mark Is at Prestwick, Scotland.
30 October 1940.

The Squadron Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader E A McNab, stands fifth from the right, wearing a forage cap.

Left to Right: Frank Hillock, Toronto ON; Frederick Watson, Winnipeg MB; Robert Norris, Saskatoon SK; Norman Richard Johnstone, Winnipeg MB; Joseph A. J. Chevrier, Saint-Lambert QC; John David Morrison, Regina SK; Sq/Ldr Ernest Archibald McNab, Rosthern, SK; Arthur Yuile, Montréal QC; Paul Pitcher, Montréal QC; William Sprenger, Montréal QC; and Dean Nesbitt, Montréal QC. It is interesting to note that all five men on the right are from Montréal.

No. 1 Squadron RCAF left for Great Britain in June of 1940, with the Battle well under way. After a short period of training in England, they became the only RCAF Squadron involved in the Battle of Britain, first engaging the enemy on 23 August 1940. The following year, No. 1 became 401 Squadron. 401 Squadron ended the war as the RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force’s highest scoring fighter squadron with 186.5 victories—29 of which were earned during the Battle of Britain.

(Photo source – © IWM CH 1733)
Royal Air Force official photographer
Devon S A (Mr)

(Colourised by Richard James Molloy from the UK)

Curtiss P-40 Series I

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Weapons and Warfare

Arguably the best-known fighter in the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) in the first year of direct American participation in the war was the Curtiss P-40. Designed by Donovan Reese Berlin, the prototype XP-40 was more evolutionary than revolutionary in conception, being nothing more than the tenth production airframe of Berlin’s P-36A Hawk fighter with an Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled inline engine substituted for the P-36’s 875-horsepower Wright GR-1820-G3 Cyclone air-cooled radial.

Donovan’s original monoplane design dated to 1934. He designated it the Curtiss Model 75, reflecting his obsession with that number, while the emotive nickname of “Hawk,” already famous from an earlier generation of Curtiss biplane fighters, was revived for the new-generation monoplane. Although the Hawk 75 first flew in 1935, engine problems delayed its development until July 7, 1937, when the Army Air Corps gave Curtiss the largest American peacetime production order up to that time—210 P-36s, as the…

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