About my collection of model airplanes

Updated 19 December 2020

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 (73)

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, almost completed)

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

Airfix (4)

Boulton-Paul Defiant (bought two in 2018, built one as a gift but I still have it)

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 (13)

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-4 (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-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, almost completed)

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



Making history…


Lisieux; Lower Normandy; France. This photograph was taken in the early hours of D-Day, 6th June 1944 by a No.140 Squadron Mosquito MM312 crewed by F/O J.M. Cartmell and F/Sgt M.J. Hubert using flash bombs for night time PR work. The sortie, which included a target at Evreux as well as at Lisieux was recorded in the Squadron’s Records of Operations quite simply as “Photographs of both targets with the use of 12 flashes. Searchlights and light flak from Bernay. No other incidents” Source: NCAP used under license


The ability to predict what will happen or be needed in the future.

In the 37 days between 1 May and 6 June 1944 the RAF’s No.140 Squadron flew at total of 143 operational sorties over France in an effort to provide badly needed foresight to the Allied Supreme Command on what would happen on Invasion…

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MT – Douglas TBD-1 "Devastator". GWH 1:48.

No hablo español, pero las imágenes valen más que mil palabras.

Jamie Graham Works

Douglas TBD-1 “Devastator”. GWH 1:48 (Feb a Jun 2013)

Al terminar mis primeras maquetas a 1:72 (P-40 y Ki84), me encontré bastante satisfecho con las técnicas aplicadas y aprendidas (que no dominadas ni mucho menos) y con la mejora o evolución en la calidad del trabajo. Esto me animo muchísimo para acometer un proyecto “mas serio”, sin prisas y con algo mas de detalle.

Para esta nuevo proyecto decidí documentarme aun mas y planificar mejor el trabajo en su conjunto. Muy pronto me encontré con un modelo que me gusto y ademas a una escala de1:48. Nunca he tenido ninguna limitación de mi trabajo a una escala concreta por lo que no supuso ningún problema. El modelo elegido era un avión torpedero de la US Navy, el Douglas TBD-1 Devastator.

El TBD-1 Devastator era el paradigma de cómo evolucionó la técnica aeronáutica durante la WWII. Cuando entró en servicio en…

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Model Maker Pilgrimages Part 1 – Museums — Model Airplane Maker

I originally thought of this article prior to 2020 with the idea of talking about places that I have visited that may be of interest to other model makers. I was thinking along the lines of some images of historic places, museums or hobby related events and my related stories. However, given the times we […]

Model Maker Pilgrimages Part 1 – Museums — Model Airplane Maker

Hasegawa 1:48 Nakajima B5N2 “Kate”

Eduard has a PSP base for a Japanese aircraft carrier.


Hasegawa 1:48 Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 Attack Bomber

Kit: No.09442

Build Date:  July 11 Start date, finished July 31, 2017


Hasegawa first produced this fine 1:48 kit of a Nakajima B5N2 Type 97 back around 2001.  Over the years they reboxed this kit with photoedge to allow the modeller to fold the wing as well as reissues with decals for different markings.  Of all the models Hasegawa produced during that time period, the Japanese WWII aircrafts series seemed to received the most attention to details:  The kits of the Imperial Japanese aircraft cockpits are always highly detailed and had the best fit.  That is why I purchased this kit way back when thinking one day I will get to build it.  The time is now to build it.

The Nakajima B5N2, code named “Kate” by the Allied, which is the improved version of the B5N1, was a main stay…

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Painting a PSP Base

I have one in my stash of shame.


By: Wayne Hui.

Most forward American air strips from WWII to Vietnam were built from the Marston Mat. The technical description for the Marston mat is the pierced steel planking (psp). It was an ingenious solution to quickly build a stable, flat, non-eroding operating surface for aircrafts in forward area where concrete tarmac were not available. The solution was to prefabricate light weigh (66 lbs per piece of plank) steel planks airfield surface which can be lifted and installed on flatten dirty fields by men without the need of machine. One side of the plank had pre-formed hooks with which to latch onto the plank ahead of it. The planks were installed in staggered pattern and the completed surface were strong and flat. It was the forefather to the modern day vinyl plank flooring which even my wife can simply click into place (almost, but still requiring my engineering assistance).

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1:48 Hasegawa P-51D – Cripes A’ Mighty 3rd

We all have our “Stash of shame”…


Built by: Wayne Hui.

Build Date: Start February 20, 2021, Finish March 11, 2021

I started a personal challenge around 2007 to build three Hasegawa P-51D kits all at once as an effort to empty more of my stash of shame. I only got as far as scratch building some cockpit details and filling the wing panel lines with cyanoacrylate glue and then I got distracted by other things.

I bought these Hasegawa 1:48 P-51D kits way back in late 1990. I don’t know why I bought these kits when there was the better Tamiya kit available. Although it was much better than the Monogram P-51D kit it does has its share of faults. The major faults with this kit are the poor fitting nose chin part, poor fitting bottom fuselage seams, and shallow landing gear bay. I’d just have to make the best out of what I got. So…

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