B-25 J Project Minus 0

The wooden peg was not a great idea, and working on the framing was time consuming since the canopies were already glued on.

In my haste last night I glued the B-25 J to the glass so the glue would have time to cure. As I started working on the framing this morning I noticed the glue had not already set and the model was moving…

Working on the framing was almost impossible so I decided to unglue the model. I still have hope I will have enough time to finish my project before I leave for my brother’s place this afternoon. I will take a picture before I leave.

À demain…

Intermission – 1/350 HMCS Huron by Trumpeter


Previous to Airfix 1/600 scale Ark Royal, the last model ship I built was the 1/350 scale USS Missouri which I gave away since I was moving from my parents’ place. In fact most of my 50+ collection was given away to my students in my history class. The Tamiya USS Missouri was a large model almost three feet long if my memory is correct. Today you will have to reach deep in your pocket to buy another one.

Last week going on Amazon I found that Trumpeter had a 1/350 scale model of a Tribal class destroyer. I had always wanted to build a model of HMCS Athabaskan which was a sister ship along with the Haida.

HMCS Athabaskan is quite special since my wife’s uncle said in 2009 that he was a stoker aboard when she was torpedoed on April 29, 1944. I had never heard about HMCS Athabaskan before and no one in the family knew my wife’s uncle had been a sailor. I was curious and I started researching more about HMCS Athabaskan. My reasearch led me to create a blog about World War II dedicated to that ship and to my wife’s uncle who did not want to talk much about his ordeal. The few things he said were that he was writing a letter to his parents in the engine room. The next thing he remembered was being rescued by another ship.

It had to be HMCS Haida.

In 2011 I went to Hamilton and I visited HMCS Haida which is now a museum. I took more than 200 photos of the ship since I knew I would probably never go down to Hamilton again.

Finding there was a 1/350 scale model of a Tribal class destroyer rekindled my interest about building it although it is not the Athabaskan G07.

Just a simple decal modification needed…

This is a PDF of the instructions I found on the Internet.


There is a photo-etched sheet with the kit. I will be the first time I will use photo-etched parts. I know they are not that easy to work with. We will see. My goal is to finish this project by April 29, 2019, 75 years after the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07.

B-25 J Project Minus 1

Time is running out, but I am sure I will make it for our family reunion tomorrow afternoon.

The picture frame which will be the display base is now ready.

The wooden peg which will act as a stand has been glued into the bomb bay.

But there is still more framing to do.

The painted decals was a great solution. I still have to work though on the nose section to finish up the framing.

Then will come the weathering part.

Today is officially my brother’s birthday. My brother and I are Irish twins. We are not Irish. That’s an expression a cousin once told me. When two siblings are born in the same year they are called Irish twins.

My brother and I were born in 1948, 345 days apart.

B-25 J Project Minus 3

I have corrected the problem with the decals using a clear coat of acrylic paint on the decals making them stick.

I will apply the same treatment to the tail section decals later.

But something is really bugging me with how I did the framing using painted masking tape.

I know it won’t bother my brother, but everytime I will visit him I know that looking at the B-25 J it will always bug me.

Intermission – Monday Morning

Updated 21 December 2020

Why you should never open your tablet and go on Amazon on a Monday morning…


The price was right with no shipping. Could there be other 1/700 Tamiya Waterline Series Aircraft Carriers?

Yes, and again the price was right with no shipping. Then you surely know what has happened next don’t you…

I will be reliving a whole part of WWII history in 2019 by building my first model kit of an aircraft carrier since 1958. I will let you guess which one will be the first.


On second thoughts after a second cup of coffee, I had built the HMS Ark Royal in the 70s.