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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I had the wrong paint job!
This is what my Mosquito looked like.
It should have looked more like this one.
Now what is the second anecdote?
To be continued…