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-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, 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.

 

Reblog – The Zero Hunter: Let’s Visit All of Japan’s Restored, Replica and Wrecked Zero Fighters!

Reblog of the reblog…

Model Airplane Maker

My friend over at wayfarerdaves.com has published a guide to all of the preserved A6M Zeros in Japan. Dave explains that he did not care about the Zero when he came to Japan, but as he traveled and visited museums, he kept seeing them more and eventually began to appreciate the Zero’s aesthetic. Now he wants to see them all and that’s a worthy goal. I tried to find a way to reblog the post over here but I could not find the button to do that. So here is a link to the post:

https://www.wayfarerdaves.com/?p=5149

I get what he means about learning to appreciate the Zero’s aesthetic and needing to see them all.

When I got back into the hobby around 2007, it was all about Corsairs for me. I bought some and I built some and I planned on building more. That changed a bit in 2009 when I…

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Update

I think this is a good time for a little update on My Forgotten Hobby III.

The MiG-15 finally got its decals two weeks ago. Then came the F-86.

I tested the MiG decals first and they worked perfectly even if they sat in the box since the 1980s. The F-86 decals came after with the yellow decals I had received from Model Airplane Maker.

I still have to figure a way to fix this though.

I still have a few touch-ups to do before I think how I will give them as a gift.

Next in line will have to be the He 111.

I think the clear parts should be solidly glued now.

I had started painting the He 111 using a paintbrush.

First the upper surfaces with dark green which seemed to be the wrong shade of green, and then the undersides with the right shade of RLM 65 Hellblau.

Those photos we taken with my new Motorola Stylus G cellphone I got as a gift from my son. Now I have no reason to procrastinate and then shower you with photos of my progress reports.

To be continued…

Grumman F6F Hellcat Color Photographs Part I

Hellcats!

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F6F_01_Yorktown_CV10An early F6F-3 Hellcat positioned in front of the island of the Essex-class carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10). The first Hellcats were delivered in the standard Blue Gray over Light Gray scheme with national insignia in six locations. This photograph was taken in May, 1943.

F6F_02_-3_Hellcats_aboard_USS_Yorktown_(CV-10),_31_August_1943_(80-G-K-14833)Yorktown again, but three months later. These Hellcats are finished in the graded scheme and feature the barred insignia with blue outline in four locations. The wings have extensive cordite staining from the guns.

F6F_03_-3s_on_USS_Saratoga_CV-3Hellcats recovering aboard the USS Saratoga (CV-3). Saratoga survived the war, only to be expended as a target for atomic bomb tests.

F6F_04_USS Lexington (CV-16), en route near New Guinea, early April, 1944F6F Hellcats and SBD Dauntless dive bombers warm up aboard the USS Lexington (CV-16) off New Guinea in April, 1944. Close examination of the photo shows kill markings displayed on Hellcats 5 and 20.

F6F_05_-Hellcat-MkI-FAA_18JAN45_HMS_IndomitablePlane handlers sunbathing on the wing of a Fleet Air Arm Hellcat Mk.1 of the Royal…

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Consolidated PBY Catalina Color Photographs Part 4

If I don’t build my Monogram PBY next, it’s not for lack of motivators like Jeff…

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PBY_41_PBY-5A_VP-61_Aleutians_Mar1943A PBY-5A Catalina amphibian from VP-61 flies over the rugged Aleutian landscape in March 1943. Aerials for the surface search radar can be seen under the wings.
PBY_42_AleutiansAnother photograph from the Aleutians shows this PBY moored to a buoy with others visible in the background. Flying boat squadrons could be based in sheltered bays and supported from seaplane tenders, many of which in the US Navy were converted from flush-deck destroyers.
PBY_43_Puerto Rico 1939, Gov. William_P_LeahyA pre-war photograph taken in 1939 shows a Catalina from Patrol Squadron 51 in the colorful yellow wings markings. Posed in front of the aircraft is the Governor of Puerto Rico, William P. Leahy.
PBY_44_Vice Admiral Patrick N.L. Bellinger, USN, Stands in Center of Large Group of French and American Naval Officers at NAS, Norfolk, VirginiaVADM Patrick Bellinger presides over a ceremony at NAS Norfolk. The PBY is finished in the Atlantic ASW scheme of Gull Gray over White. Note the asymmetric demarcation of the color separation on the fuselage.
PBY_45_brazilian-pby-5a-amphibians-handed-over-by-vp-94-oct-1944-at-rioVP-94 transfers their PBY-5A’s to the Brazilian Navy in this…

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Foresight

Making history…

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

“Foresight/ˈfɔːsʌɪt

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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