Sometimes you get distracted along the way

Calling it a day last November was only intended to last one or two days at the most, but then I was distracted along the way.

I can’t exactly recall how I was distracted, but I decided to build two other model kits.

These two will be a gift to Guy Fournier whose war hero was Omer Levesque. Never heard of Omer Levesque before?

Omer Levesque is quite famous in the history of aviation. He was the first pilot to shoot down a FW 190. He was also the first pilot to shoot down a MiG 15.


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…

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.

Monogram MiG-15

I tidied up my workplace yesterday.

Monogram MiG-15 will be on my to-do list when I can use my airbrush again after recovering from my eye operation last week. Removal of a cataract was long overdue and the waiting period was such that I had to go to a private clinic. There are some instructional videos about the procedure on the Internet so you can go and see how it is done.

Getting back to the MiG-15… After building Monogram F-86 it was written in the sky that I had to build its nemesis.

The box art is 1980 vintage and not eye catching but will be helpful for positioning the decals if they are still usable of course.

We’ll see what happens when I get there in January 2021.

Here are the parts. The instructions will follow later.

As always I will be documenting this build and search for more information. This was found on Scalemates. It’s the instructions for the 2005 release of the same kit.


From the instructions sheet…

The MiG 15bis is one of the best known and most successful fighter planes of all time. It was built from German data by Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich after the second world war. The special feature of this design was the all-swept wing with a 35° sweep angle that had proved to be the optimum shape for a jet in German wind tunnel tests. With the aid of these experiments – which were later used for the construction of the F-86 Sabre also – the design for the new fighter was produced in record time, but it was still missing an engine. As at this time the British government had released the Rolls-Royce Nene engine for export, the first prototype of the MiG 15 – then known as the I-310 – flew for the first time on 30th December 1947 with a Nene engine. Production of the MiG 15 began in 1949 – with a non-licensed Nene derivative, the RD-45 – and still in the same year the

first machines went into service with the Russian fighter units.

The new Russian fighter distinguished itself for its exceptional manoeuvrability and excellent flying and climbing capabilities. The machine was also very robust and easy to control. The Russian pilots quickly gave it the nickname “Soldier Aircraft”.

At the beginning of the Korean War on 25th June 1950, MiG 15s were also supplied to North Korea. With their 37 mm cannon they very soon presented the greatest danger to the American B-29 bombers. Losses of B-29s ultimately proved so high that the US Air Force was obliged to discontinue daylight attacks and carry out all their activities under cover of darkness. In Korea, on 8th November 1950, one of the most famous air battles between jets in aviation history took place over Sinuiju, in which American Lockheed F-80C Shooting Stars and North Korean MiG 15s took part. Over the years about 7,500 aircraft of the type MiG 15 were built, including an unknown number in Poland, the Czech Republic and China. Many other eastern bloc states and countries in the Near East were also supplied with these aircraft built under licence. In March 1953 East Germany also received Russian produced planes for their air force (presumably) – 102 MiG 15s still in their packing cases that were later used in JG-1 fighter squadron 1 “Fritz Schmenkel” in Holzdorf/Brandenburg and also with FAG 2 – fighter training squadron 2 – in Preschen/Brandenburg. One each of these machines can be built with the Revell model kit. In addition to purely military applications, aerobatic teams in many countries were also equipped with the MiG 15bis. Another aircraft that can be built is from the famous Kubinka team that flew in 1951 at the Tushino air show. Over the years, the MiG 15 flew in a whole series of wars including in the near and far east. Although they seem totally out-of-date today they are still in use in ever diminishing numbers in small countries. In particular the two-seat version, the MiG 15UTI, has demonstrated its longevity.

Technical data:

Wing span 10.07 m

Length 11.05 m

Height 3.39 m

Engine Klimov VK-1F

Output 2,695 kn

Max. take-off weight 6,444 kg

Weight empty 3,768 kg

Max. speed 1,074 km/h at sea level

Max. speed 1,055 km/h at 3,048 m

Range 901 km

Service ceiling 15,544 m

Armament 1 x NR-37 37 mm cannon

2 x NR-23 23 mm cannon

Crew 1 man

Maybe building the MiG-15 was written in the sky last February…