IJN Soryu | Aoshima AOS14851 | 1/700 — Kendzior’s Way

So far I have not been attracted to ship modeling. In the past years I’ve started some Chinese cruiser, Markgraf from ICM, some HB’s submarine, but it all was 1: 350 and they got stuck in fairly early stages, then ended up in a quarantine or in a bin. It has changed when I came […]

IJN Soryu | Aoshima AOS14851 | 1/700 — Kendzior’s Way

2020 year-end review

I will be hitting the pause button for the rest of 2020 while I will be resting after my eye operation. Everything is fine, but using my airbrush will have to wait after  January 18, 2021.

My Forgotten Hobby III has been quite an experience in 2020, first by finding out how binge shopping on Amazon has been affecting my collection which had added 23 new model airplane kits.

That’s 23 in 2020!

I am sure I won’t be adding more in 2021 as I have to realize I have to stop adding to my collection.

As a reminder, here is a list of the 23 model kits I bought in 2020.

ICM Ju 88 A-14 (bought on January 20, 2020)

ICM Ju 88 C-6 (bought on January 21, 2020)

ICM He 111 H-3 (bought on January 22, 2020)

ICM Do 17Z-2 (bought on January 21, 2020)

ICM Me 109 F-4 (bought on January 28, 2020)

Eduard F6F Hellcat Weekend edition (bought in January  2020)

Eduard Spitfire Mk XVI Weekend edition (bought in January 2020)

Eduard Me 110 E (bought in January 2020)

Eduard Me 109 G-4 (bought in February 2020)

Eduard FW 190 D (bought in March 2020)

Eduard Me 109 E-3 (bought in March 2020)

Eduard FW 190 A-8 (bought in January 2020)

Eduard FW 190 A-4 (bought in March 2020)

Eduard Hawker Tempest Mk V (bought in June 2020)

Eduard P-51 D (bought in June 2020)

Eduard Hawker Tempest Mk V Weekend Edition (bought in June 2020)

Tamiya FW 190D (bought in January 2020)

Tamiya IL-2 Sturmovik (bought in February 2020)

Tamiya Bristol Beaufighter TFX (bought in June 2020)

Tamiya P-38 F/J  (bought in June 2020)

Tamiya P-51B (bought in September 2020)

Tamiya P-47D Razorback (bought in September 2020)

Trumpeter Vickers Wellington Mk III (bought in February 2020)

I hope I have not forgotten one.

In closing, I wish you all the best for 2021, and may all your wishes come through like a 1/48 scale Handley Page Halifax Mk III and a B-17D.


Monogram MiG-15 – Operation “Landing Struts” – How did it go?

You tell me…

The left strut was glued back after triple-checking the alignment…


The right strut was then glued with an expensive clamp to hold it in place…

Gluing the landing gear actuators was done 12 hours later…

Here I was testing the solidity…

Meeting a former foe…

The two builds will have wait for a black base coat when I get my okay from my ophtalmologist.


Эти два телосложения будут ждать черного базового пальто, когда я получу свое согласие от офтальмолога.

Ces deux constructions attendront leur couche de fond noire lorsque mon ophtalmologue me donnera son accord.

Monogram MiG-15 – Operation “Landing Struts”

I still can’t figure out what I did wrong with the struts.

If you are a new reader to My Forgotten Hobby III, this was what went terribly wrong.

The only thing I could think of was that I had inverted the left strut with the right strut.


The only possible avenue I had left was to launch Operation “Landing Struts”…

The landing struts were cut off and holes were bored out.


I used my Dremel bought in the 1970s to do it.

The Dremel was also used to bore out holes in the landing struts.

Next, different diameter streched sprues were made. The more the better…

I then cut two small pieces and glued them to the struts letting the glue set overnight.

If everything goes to plan, tomorrow I will reassemble the struts.

Monogram MiG-15 – закон Мерфи

Progress report

Last Tuesday night I had finally glued the wings to the fuselage and found that the fit was just perfect. I had checked later if they were perfectly aligned and if the glue had set.

Так и было, но потом что-то выглядело ужасно неправильно.


We all know what Murphy’s Law is…, but just to be sure I had checked Wikipedia.

Закон Мерфи – это пословица или эпиграмма, которая обычно называется “как”: “Все, что может пойти не так, пойдет не так”.


This is what went wrong.

The only thing I can think of is that I had inverted the left strut with the right strut.

I am sure I had checked the instructions several times, but…

Perfect example of Murphy’s Law isn’t?

закон Мерфи

Major surgery ahead…

Operation “Landing Struts”


Monogram MiG-15 – 进度报告

As I said yesterday morning, enjoying is what’s it all about on My Forgotten Hobby III.

The MiG-15 is taking shape although bad lighting showing the fuselage after being glued does not reflect this…

It’s much better here when I dry fitted the wings.

I dry fit a lot now when I build model airplanes. I much prefer to attach the wings later on making it easier to work it the build. The landing gears look sturdy enough.

I glued them Monday night. I have learned to let the glue set overnight and avoid handling the glued parts.

There are still two parts to be glued on, but the instructions are not clear enough so I will have to double-check before.

I double-check a lot. Be sure to check in next time…




Building model airplanes, or any kind of model kits for that matter, has to be an enjoyable hobby. Nowadays some manufacturers seem to go all in with complicated new kits.

Plane Dave makes a good point with his last build.

Having built ICM He-111H-3 I have learned now how to tackle those newer kits with lots of parts and some fragile ones.

You just have to take the time and not rush into it. This applies also to any other builds even with Monogram MiG-15.

What I enjoy the most is finding how to improve what I build lately like using Tamiya extra thin cement…

And Tamiya masking tape which I can reuse over and over again.

Monogram MiG-15 is the perfect model kit for young modelers and it has enough detailed parts to make it more than just a toy airplane.

The landing gear is not tricky except for one part. The main strut is well engineered which is a big plus for alignment.

Some Websites say that the MiG-15 is over scaled, but I really don’t mind.

The MiG-15 should be a great companion for the F-86…

My F-86 seems most interested with the progress…just like a cat.

December 14, 2013 – How to solve my big problem?

This will be my last post about remembering December 2013 before I let you in on a litle secret…

How to solve my big problem with displaying my finished model airplanes? I could build my unbuilt model airplane kits, and then give them away as gifts to someone to remember someone dear to him or to her. I could build a model of this Mosquito stationed in Malta in 1942.

Just Joe III zoom in

I did build a Mosquito Mk VI fighter-bomber in 2012 as a gift for a 84 year-old man who was looking for information about his war hero when he was 18 years-old back in 1945.

Eugène Gagnon 1940

Eugene Gagnon, Mosquito pilot

Would you like to know more? Are you sure? Then click here.

July 1945

Picture taken in July 1945 at Little Snoring, in England

I posted close to 250 articles on RAF 23 Squadron, a little known Mosquito Squadron with the R.A.F. in WWII. I told you my hobby was writing blogs.

My blog about RAF 23 Squadron has grown since with more than 450 posts. All I write is about preserving the past and honouring those who served in WWII.

Next time on My Forgotten Hobby III, finishing the MiG-15 and tackling  Tamiya IL-2.

Courtesy of Tamiya Website.















Intermission – Tabulation and final results – Day 14

At long last… December 14, 2020.

There is a reason behind each model airplane kit I have bought. This makes it difficult to choose one. There is also a story behind why I have been building model airplanes since 1958.

My Forgotten Hobby is a personal diary that I am sharing with everyone who might one day stumble upon it. This is how I view My Forgotten Hobby

Getting back to my forgotten hobby… here are the three comments left by readers who had offered suggestions.

Comment no. 1

The IL-2 Sturmovik would be my first choice, but wouldn’t be disappointed if the SBD Dauntless was chosen. The P-61 Black Widow would also be nice. Which of the three has the most detail and would be the most demanding?

Comment no. 2

I was about to vote for the P-51 D, when I saw the Kitty Hawk mention and thought maybe you should start with the one that basically created the others.

Comment no. 3

I have two thoughts; first is the BP Defiant. That’s one I’ll get to in a couple months and it would be interesting to see you process through. The other is the Tamiya P-51B. I always like Mustangs! And it would be an easy break after fiddling with the He 111.

So what is the story behind each of the model kits that were suggested? That would be a great way to procrastinate isn’t? But I am not going to do it as each one will be eventually built in 2021, 2022 oe 2023.

As for revisiting again December 2013 on My Forgotten Hobby…? We’ll see what happens a little later.

So stay tuned…