Is there something you have regretted?

This is part of something I have regretted.

Popular Science Magazine article on the P-38

I was probably around 10-11 years-old and I had found a pile of copies of Popular Science Magazine from the 1940s in the garbage. That was about 55 years ago.

I don’t have them anymore because I cut them out as young kids do.

Finding this PDF file brings back fond memories of the good old days when I was an innocent kid and had started building model airplanes.

If you wish to write about a funny or a sad anecdote about building airplane models, feel free to comment. I will add them as updates to this post. If you don’t feel like it, it’s okay.

Mustang Madness!!! An Aurora P-51 “Classic Build”

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Excerpt

When Alan Bussie asked me to put forth a simple “decompression” kit, I couldn’t resist the Aurora 1/48 scale P-51H.  The last time I built one, I was about 13 years old.  My dad and I were sitting on the couch watching the television series “12 O’clock High.”  I was escorting B-17’s to Berlin, in hot pursuit of the 109’s, etc…and I built the fighter straight from the box in one hour.  The challenge (and pure joy) of recreating that all over again was too tempting to pass up.  This time I would add a little bit of painting detail.  I would create my own markings from existing supplies and I would NOT use putty or aftermarket parts.  What you see is what you get!

Aurora 118-79 P-51gdpp

I can still remember that box top of the P-51, and I remember building this kit in early 60s.

I also built this one.

Aurora 99-130 P-38excpp

There are two anecdotes related to the P-38 box top.

In fact there are three.

I told you there was a story behind each model I built. So what about the first Mosquito anecdote.

Look at these pictures.

YP-W modification

YP-W YP-V

YP-E St. Chris

They were given to me by a Mosquito pilot who flew with 23 Squadron, but after I had built my Mosquito for my 84 year-old friend whose war hero was also a Mosquito pilot.

caricature d'Eugène Gagnon

I had the wrong paint job!

This is what my Mosquito looked like.

YP-E

It should have looked more like this one.

01048 Never Say Die, low res

Now what is the second anecdote?

To be continued…