About my collection of model airplanes

Updated 26 November 2020

On my workbench

ICM He 111H-3


I have now changed how I view my stash since it has grown a lot since 2019. I will now consider my stash as my collection of model airplanes.

I thought two years-ago that it was a great idea to have a to-do list of what I have in my collection, especially when Amazon was always putting on adds whenever I was opening my computer and going on the Internet.

 

 

 

I was hoping that I could be avoiding going on another spending spree, and planning ahead on my next builds by setting up some priorities… Well I was being wrong and I was keeping adding more model kits in my collection. This is now the updated listing of model kits with those recently bought in red.

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 (72)

ICM (5)

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

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

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

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

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

Airfix (4)

Boulton-Paul Defiant (bought two in 2018, built one as a gift)

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

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

Messerschmidt Me109E (bought in 2018, almost completed)

Eduard (12)

P-39 (bought in December 2019)

Spitfire Mk IX (bought in December 2019)

F6F Hellcat Weekend edition (bought in January  2020)

Spitfire Mk XVI Weekend edition (bought in January 2020)

Me 110 E (bought in January 2020)

Me 109 G-4 (bought in February 2020)

FW 190 D (bought in March 2020)

Me 109 E-3 (bought in March 2020)

FW 190 A-8 (bought in March 2020)

Hawker Tempest Mk V (bought in June 2020)

P-51 D (bought in June 2020)

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

AMT (1)

A-20 (bought many years ago)

Tamiya (13)

Bristol Beaufighter Mk VI (bought many years ago)

Hawker Harrier (bought many years ago)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought in 2018)

P-47 M (bought in 2019)

F4U-1/2 Corsair (bought in August 2019)

F4U-1D Corsair with tug (bought in 2019)

Me 262 (bought in December 2019)

FW 190D (bought in January 2020)

IL-2 Sturmovik (bought in February 2020)

Bristol Beaufighter TFX (bought in June 2020)

P-38 F/J  (bought in June 2020)

P-51B

P-47D Razorback

Revell (2)

B-29 (vintage 1950s) (a gift)

B1-B (bought many years ago)

Monogram (31)

Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk (a gift from a WWII veteran)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought many years ago)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought many years ago)

Hawker Harrier (bought many years ago)

Hawker Typhoon (bought many years ago)

SBD Dauntless (bought many years ago)

Vought Kingfisher (bought many years ago)

A-26 B Invader (bought many years ago)

B-24 J (bought many years ago)

B-25 J (bought many years ago)

B-26 (bought many years ago)

B-58 (bought many years ago)

P-38 (bought many years ago)

P-39 (bought many years ago)

P-61 Black Widow (bought in August 2019)

F4 Phantom (bought many years ago)

F-8 Crusader (bought many years ago)

F-9F (bought many years ago)

F-80 (bought many years ago)

F-84 (bought many years ago)

F-86 (bought many years ago)

Mig 15 (bought many years ago)

A6 Douglas Skyraider (bought many years ago)

A7 Corsair (bought many years ago)

F-100 (bought many years ago)

F-101 (bought many years ago)

F-102 (bought many years ago)

F-105 (bought many years ago)

F-106 (bought many years ago)

F-117 (bought many years ago)

Mig-29 (bought many years ago)

Hasegawa (3)

P-40 E (bought in 2018)

Douglas Dauntless (bought in 2018)

Zero Type 52 (Minicraft/Hasegawa) (bought many years ago)

Trumpeter (1)

Vickers Wellington Mk III (bought in February 2020)

Ships (7)

Trumpeter (4)

Canadian HMCS Huron 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)

German Z-30 Zerstorer 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Lexington 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

Tamiya (3)

USS Hornet CV-8 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Yorktown CV-5 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)


So with 82 model kits waiting to be built, I realize now that it’s not that important if I build them all… Just having them is.

Intermission – Using the airbrush indoors – Day 3

Last winter I had felt a little dizzy after I had used my airbrush indoors. That was the reason I was working only outdoors during the summer months.

I gave it another try indoors Tuesday afternoon with a mask on, an opened window and a running fan.

This is the same homemade spray booth I have used. I took this picture after my airbrushing session with just a little dizzy feeling again.

My North American Harvard had been waiting since early 2020 for its RCAF decals. I had found some leftover decals but I was not happy with the result as well as the shade of yellow I had used.

This would have been the shade I wanted.

So I decided Tuesday to repaint it. This is how the Harvard looked in June when the spurious decals were removed. 

 

 

After I had masked the Harvard, I sprayed a white basecoat to cover the yellow.

However it did not cover as much as I first thought.

It is now sitting there with a homemade batch of yellow waiting for a second basecoat.

I wonder if my airbrush will stay idle more than just one day,

I am also thinking about my spray booth set up which will be completely useless for painting my large He 111H-3 once I get there.

Intermission – What’s next in December? – Day 2

What’s next in December?

Your comments fuel this blog. I have decided to let my followers more voting days. I really want your input on what to choose next since I have no idea. 

My ICM He 111H-3 is now on hold.

I want to use my airbrush but I want to do some testing before.

So I am reposting what I wrote yesterday.  One follower has already commented. I have deleted his suggestions so not to influence others.


Thinking about what’s next on My Forgotten III, I was looking at my list of unbuilt model kits and I have decided to let you decide.

Simple isn’t. With 19 followers I should get some most interesting suggestions.

Just write a comment in the comment section and the reason why you are chosing it. You don’t need to add a reason.

The model kit which gets the most votes will be built. In case of a tie both will be built one after the other leading us to 2021, and boy do we need to get to 2021!

Model kits in red are off limits for now since they have been already started, some even 30 years ago. The result of the votes will be known on December 14, 2020.

Now for the list…


Helicopters (3)

Monogram

AH-1S (almost completed 30 years ago)

 

Bell Huey Hog (bought many years ago)

AH-64 Apache (very little has been started 30 years ago)

Planes (72)

ICM (5)

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

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

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

He 111 H-3 (bought it on January 22, 2020 and almost completed)

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

Airfix (4)

Boulton-Paul Defiant (bought two in 2018, built one as a gift)

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

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

Messerschmidt Me109E (bought in 2018, almost completed)

Eduard (12)

P-39 (bought it in December 2019)

Spitfire Mk IX (bought it in December 2019)

F6F Hellcat Weekend edition (bought it in January  2020)

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

Me 110 E (bought it in January 2020)

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

FW 190 D (bought it in March 2020)

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

FW 190 A-8 (bought it in March 2020)

Hawker Tempest Mk V (bought it in June 2020)

P-51 D (bought it in June 2020)

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

AMT (1)

A-20 (bought it many years ago)

Tamiya (13)

Bristol Beaufighter Mk VI (bought it many years ago)

Hawker Harrier (bought it many years ago)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought it in 2018)

P-47 M (bought it in 2019)

F4U-1/2 Corsair (bought in August 2019)

F4U-1D Corsair with tug (bought in 2019)

Me 262 (bought in December 2019)

FW 190D (bought in January 2020)

IL-2 Sturmovik (bought in February 2020)

Bristol Beaufighter TFX (bought in June 2020)

P-38 F/J  (bought in June 2020)

P-51B

P-47D Razorback

Revell (2)

B-29 (vintage 1950s) (a gift)

B1-B (bought many years ago)

Monogram (31)

North American AT-6 (Harvard – almost completed)

Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk (a gift from a WWII veteran)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought many years ago)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought many years ago)

Hawker Harrier (bought many years ago)

Hawker Typhoon (bought many years ago)

SBD Dauntless (bought many years ago)

Vought Kingfisher (bought many years ago)

A-26 B Invader (bought many years ago)

B-24 J (bought many years ago)

B-25 J (bought many years ago)

B-26 (bought many years ago)

B-58 (bought many years ago)

P-38 (bought many years ago)

P-39 (bought many years ago)

P-61 Black Widow (bought in August 2019)

F4 Phantom (bought many years ago)

F-8 Crusader (bought many years ago)

F-9F (bought many years ago)

F-80 (bought many years ago)

F-84 (bought many years ago)

F-86 (bought many years ago)

Mig 15 (bought many years ago)

A6 Douglas Skyraider (bought many years ago)

A7 Corsair (bought many years ago)

F-100 (bought many years ago)

F-101 (bought many years ago)

F-102 (bought many years ago)

F-105 (bought many years ago)

F-106 (bought many years ago)

F-117 (bought many years ago)

Mig-29 (bought many years ago)

Hasegawa (3)

P-40 E (bought in 2018)

Douglas Dauntless (bought in 2018)

Zero Type 52 (Minicraft/Hasegawa) (bought many years ago)

Trumpeter (1)

Vickers Wellington Mk III (bought in February 2020)

Ships (7)

Trumpeter (4)

Canadian HMCS Huron 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)

German Z-30 Zerstorer 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Lexington 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

Tamiya (3)

USS Hornet CV-8 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Yorktown CV-5 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

Intermission – What’s next in December? – Day 1

What’s next in December?

Thinking about what’s next on My Forgotten III, I was looking at my list of unbuilt model kits and I have decided to let you decide.

Simple isn’t. With 19 followers I should get some most interesting suggestions.

Just write a comment in the comment section and the reason why you are chosing it. You don’t need to add a reason.

The model kit which gets the most votes will be built. In case of a tie both will be built one after the other leading us to 2021, and boy do we need to get to 2021!

Model kits in red are off limits for now since they have been already started, some even 30 years ago. The result of the votes will be known on December 14, 2020.

Now for the list…


Helicopters (3)

Monogram (3)

AH-1S (almost completed 30 years ago)

 

Bell Huey Hog (bought many years ago)

AH-64 Apache (very little has been started 30 years ago)

Planes (72)

ICM (5)

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

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

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

He 111 H-3 (bought it on January 22, 2020 and almost completed)

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

Airfix (4)

Boulton-Paul Defiant (bought two in 2018, built one as a gift)

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

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

Messerschmidt Me109E (bought in 2018, almost completed)

Eduard (12)

P-39 (bought it in December 2019)

Spitfire Mk IX (bought it in December 2019)

F6F Hellcat Weekend edition (bought it in January  2020)

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

Me 110 E (bought it in January 2020)

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

FW 190 D (bought it in March 2020)

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

FW 190 A-8 (bought it in March 2020)

Hawker Tempest Mk V (bought it in June 2020)

P-51 D (bought it in June 2020)

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

AMT (1)

A-20 (bought it many years ago)

Tamiya (13)

Bristol Beaufighter Mk VI (bought it many years ago)

Hawker Harrier (bought it many years ago)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought it in 2018)

P-47 M (bought it in 2019)

F4U-1/2 Corsair (bought in August 2019)

F4U-1D Corsair with tug (bought in 2019)

Me 262 (bought in December 2019)

FW 190D (bought in January 2020)

IL-2 Sturmovik (bought in February 2020)

Bristol Beaufighter TFX (bought in June 2020)

P-38 F/J  (bought in June 2020)

P-51B

P-47D Razorback

Revell (2)

B-29 (vintage 1950s) (a gift)

B1-B (bought many years ago)

Monogram (31)

North American AT-6 (Harvard – almost completed)

Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk (a gift from a WWII veteran)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought many years ago)

de Havilland Mosquito (bought many years ago)

Hawker Harrier (bought many years ago)

Hawker Typhoon (bought many years ago)

SBD Dauntless (bought many years ago)

Vought Kingfisher (bought many years ago)

A-26 B Invader (bought many years ago)

B-24 J (bought many years ago)

B-25 J (bought many years ago)

B-26 (bought many years ago)

B-58 (bought many years ago)

P-38 (bought many years ago)

P-39 (bought many years ago)

P-61 Black Widow (bought in August 2019)

F4 Phantom (bought many years ago)

F-8 Crusader (bought many years ago)

F-9F (bought many years ago)

F-80 (bought many years ago)

F-84 (bought many years ago)

F-86 (bought many years ago)

Mig 15 (bought many years ago)

A6 Douglas Skyraider (bought many years ago)

A7 Corsair (bought many years ago)

F-100 (bought many years ago)

F-101 (bought many years ago)

F-102 (bought many years ago)

F-105 (bought many years ago)

F-106 (bought many years ago)

F-117 (bought many years ago)

Mig-29 (bought many years ago)

Hasegawa (3)

P-40 E (bought in 2018)

Douglas Dauntless (bought in 2018)

Zero Type 52 (Minicraft/Hasegawa) (bought many years ago)

Trumpeter (1)

Vickers Wellington Mk III (bought in February 2020)

Ships (7)

Trumpeter (4)

Canadian HMCS Huron 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)

German Z-30 Zerstorer 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Lexington 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

Tamiya (3)

USS Hornet CV-8 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Yorktown CV-5 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

ICM He 111H-3 – Day 30

Day 30 was a day for mixing homemade paint with some leftover paint I had already made. I just mixed homemade zinc chromate with homemade dark grey and stirred it up until I had the shade I wanted…

How did it work? 

I tested it in the cockpit area…

I tested it on the bomb bay doors…

 

I tested it in the wheel wells and on the landing struts.

 

Finally I tested it in the bomb bay.

After all that testing, I still had lots of homemade RLM 02 acrylic paint left over that I can use when I will be building my next German model airplane.

 

Tomorrow maybe the biggest decision ever made on My Forgotten Hobby III.

ICM He 111H-3 – Day 29

Day 29 was a day for “colorizing” the past. This is what I like to do in my spare time beside building model airplane kits. 

This is the latest one I did for his children using a black and white photo they had of their father. Looking at it I think I got the shirt color wrong. I will fix it later.

If you are interested, what I wrote about Flight Lieutenant Thomas Oscar Meteyer is here. He is the reason I bought these two model kits of the planes he flew in WWII.

Getting back to my  build, this is where I am today.

The landing doors were added last Friday night.

Before…

And after…

The engines panels and the exhausts were added Saturday morning. Again I had fitting problems, but I’ll get over it.

The small parts will be added after all the painting has been done. That way I won’t break anything.

Final unpainted photo of ICM He 111H-3.

Tomorrow I should mix some homemade RLM 02 or RLM 66 and test them in the cockpit area, on the bomb bay doors, in the wheel wells and the landing struts.

About Lieutenant Meteyer’s colorised photo… Can you spot “la différence”?

Before…

After…

Thomas Meteyer

ICM He 111H-3 – Day 28

Day 28 was a day of “remembering” the past. Remembering why I have been doing all this since December 2013…writing about a forgotten hobby.

It was written in the stars back in 1958 that I would start writing about my forgotten hobby in December 2013. I was then remembering the movie Air Force I saw as a kid, and I had started following Amateur Airplanes’ blog.

Amateur Airplanes was building 1/72 scale model airplane kits and his collection of what he was building, as well as his stash, was impressive.

I was learning a lot from him even the word “stash” which I had in the basement but did not know how it was called.  

Not my stash but I wish it was…

So this is how I started remembering in December 2013 that I had a  stash collection of unbuilt model kits in my basement, and also remembering all those model airplanes I had built starting in 1958.

The first one was Lindberg F-86.

Source Scalemates

Lindberg F-86 was state of the art back then. It was not perfect by any means but I did not know that in 1958.

Moving fast forward to 2020, this is my work in progress…

I remembered I had to glue these last parts to complete the landing gear assembly before I start painting. I had procrastinated long enough and for good reasons.

Tweezers were quite helpful and I had my hands full which is why I took no pictures showing the tweezers.

 

Next I moved to install these panels on the engine nacelles.

 

And then there was checking on this.

Solid as a rock!

The side window was causing the problem with the fit. It was not glued tight leaving a bulge.

With so many parts in that model kit, each part has to fit perfectly so all the others will fit just right. 

There is still a gap but I will fill it with Testors clear glue.

The other side looks fine with a small gap.

The model will be ready for the next step tomorrow when all the engines panels will be added as well as the landing gear doors.

I dry fitted some parts here to get a feeling of what it will look like before I start using my airbrush in a few days.

So why I have been doing all this since December 2013…? I am still looking for the answer, but it might be hidden here.

ICM He 111H-3 – Day 27

Day 27 was a day of “reckoning”…

I had to check the spelling of “reckoning” first. My Forgotten Hobby III has to be perfect. For all those who have reviewed this kit on the Internet, they probably haven’t build ICM He 111H-3 because “perfect” can’t apply to this model kit.

ICM He 111H-3 is quite challenging for a 71 year-old, but I will soldier on. Tomorrow I will be working on the engine nacelles and do some touch-up painting in the cockpit area, maybe even painting the engines since painting is what I like best.

We’ll see what happens.

All unglued clear parts will be set aside and await masking which is probably the way to go with all the windows on that plane. 

I know now what was wrong with the fit here and I am sure I can work around that problem later.

The starboard side of the He 111H-3 seems solidly attached and I will leave there.

These two other parts that were joined with masking tape were glued then set aside.

 

I will be checking tomorrow morning if they are still joined solid.

So much anticipation isn’t?

Tomorrow will proove prove to be just another day on My Forgotten Hobby III.