Fellow modelers, we are not alone…
There are no rules that say we can’t start another build while waiting to start painting a model kit.
The Inch High Guy was, and still is, an inspirational modeler with his post Martin B-26 Marauder Part II.
Martin B-26 Marauder Color Photographs Part II – 322nd Bomb Group
I heard the roll call loud and clear…
My Monogram B-26 has been waiting much too long in its box since the late 70s.
I had bought it because of the B-25 I had bought as a souvenir in 1976 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
Building my collection is like revisiting the past and enjoying my forgotten hobby. I am also enjoying what other fellow modelers are building and reading how they tackle their builds.
Curtiss P-40E Warhawk — Plane Dave
I often reflect upon what I have in my collection of model kits. Those I had bought before the pandemic and that I had desperately tried to find a place to stack them in my home office…
I reflect also upon those I had built to give as gifts but I still have them…
Some model airplanes are hanging on a wall.
I had two more but my grandson took them back. The large ones are on a top shelf and no one wants them.
All are Monogram model kits.
These are hidden in my not so secret vault.. with Revell’s B-1 B at the bottom.
Every time I look at my collection I can’t figure out a way I will build them especially tackling Eduard and ICM model kits with so many tiny parts and intricate assemblies.
Building model kits has to be first and foremost fun and also about learning the mistakes you have made along the way.
I have learned not to rush with what I am currently building and that it always takes more time than we are expecting when life gets in the way like this modeler who was also building Monogram’s Catalina…
The tread started like this on January 9, 2015…
It all began when I cleared out the model room over Christmas (not in any way to make space for more kits) and I started to catalogue the kits with the associated after market stuff that I had collected along the way A few larger kits stood out that could be the subjects of longer, more detailed builds and, very tongue-in-cheek, I started the ‘vote for the build you want to see’ thread here.
The Catalina won fair and square and was easily the most popular, so research began and the bits and pieces collected into the one, huge box that holds all 162 parts of nicely moulded, grey plastic. There are many reviews of this kit online but the fact that Squadron awarded the PBY-5 version ‘Kit of the Year’ on its release in 1996 should count towards the fact that this is a very nice kit indeed.
It’s big!! The wingspan is nearly 65cm wide and the fuselage comes out at over 41cm. Below you’ll see a comparison between the fuselage of Revell’s PBY-5A and Tamiya’s 1/48 Lancaster. Ask any enthusiast which was the bigger aircraft and I bet that they’d say the Lancaster by far! It certainly surprised me to see just how big the aircraft really is.
But, and there always seems to be a but in my WIP projects, the aircraft I really wanted to do was the Catalina mk.IVA, JV928 ‘Y’ as flown by Fg. Off. John Alexander Cruickshank VC of No. 210 Squadron RAF, Sullom Voe, Shetland Islands, on the 17th July, 1944.
F/Off. Cruickshank was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the sinking of U-361 commanded by Kptlt. Hans Seidel. Here is the announcement and accompanying citation, published in the London Gazette on 1st September, 1944:
Air Office, 1st September, 1944.
The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the VICTORIA CROSS on the undermentioned officer in recognition of most conspicuous bravery: —
Flying Officer John Alexander CRUICKSHANK (126700), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. No. 210 Squadron.
This officer was the captain and pilot of a Catalina flying boat which was recently engaged on an anti-submarine patrol over northern waters. When a U-boat was sighted on the surface, Flying Officer Cruickshank at once turned to the attack. In the face of fierce anti-aircraft fire he manoeuvred into position and ran in to release his depth charges. Unfortunately they failed to drop.
Flying Officer Cruickshank knew that the failure of this attack had deprived him of the advantage of surprise and that his aircraft offered a good target to the enemy’s determined and now heartened gunners.
Without hesitation, he climbed and turned to come in again. The Catalina was met by intense and accurate fire and was repeatedly hit. The navigator/bomb aimer, was killed. The second pilot and two other members of the crew were injured. Flying Officer Cruickshank was struck in seventy-two places, receiving two serious wounds in the lungs and ten – penetrating wounds in the lower limbs. His aircraft was badly damaged and filled with the fumes of exploding shells. But he did not falter. He pressed home his attack, and released the depth charges himself, straddling the submarine perfectly. The U-boat was sunk.
He then collapsed and the second pilot took over the controls. He recovered shortly afterwards and, though bleeding profusely, insisted on resuming command and retaining it until he was satisfied that the damaged aircraft was under control, that a course had been set for base and that all the necessary signals had been sent. Only then would he consent to receive medical aid and have his wounds attended to. He refused morphia in case it might prevent him from carrying on.
During the next five and a half hours of the return flight he several times lapsed into unconsciousness owing to loss of blood. When he came to his first thought on each occasion was for the safety of his aircraft and crew. The damaged aircraft eventually reached base but it was clear that an immediate landing would be a hazardous task for the wounded and less experienced second pilot. Although able to breathe only with the greatest difficulty, Flying Officer Cruickshank insisted on being carried forward and propped up in the second pilot’s seat. For a full hour, in spite of his agony and ever-increasing weakness, he gave orders as necessary, refusing to allow the aircraft to be brought down until the conditions of light and sea made this possible without undue risk.
With his assistance the aircraft was safely landed on the water. He then directed the taxying and beaching of the aircraft so that it could easily be salvaged. When the medical officer went on board, Flying Officer Cruickshank collapsed and he had to be given a blood transfusion before he could be removed to hospital.
By pressing home the second attack in his gravely wounded condition and continuing his exertions on the return journey with his strength failing all the time, he seriously prejudiced his chance of survival even if the aircraft safely reached its base. Throughout, he set an example of determination, fortitude and devotion to duty in keeping with the highest traditions of the Service.
Later promoted to Flt. Lt. Cruickshank, he was one of only four serving members of RAF Coastal Command who were recipients of the Victoria Cross during WWII; the other three were awarded posthumously.
To learn more about Flight Lieutenant Cruickshank…
About the build started in 2015?
It ended that way…three years later.
June 18, 2018
Well, thanks for reviving this thread! It is still a WIP, but it has not been banished to the cupboard yet. When a build goes in the cupboard it rarely sees the light of day again! At least this is still on the bench!!
Then three years later…
On July 26, 2021 Mark wrote..
Thanks guys! A massive change in domestic circumstances and a house move have all affected progress, but I will get there! I promise!!
How many boxes do you see?
With a very conservative average price of 50 dollars each, these 24 model airplane kits amount to 1,200 dollars.
Monogram B-25 H in a dire need of cleaning…