Updated 21 December 2022
My journey into the past is still continuing on My Forgotten Hobby II, and I don’t know where it will lead me in the future since I have used up all my 3 gigabyte allowance on WordPress…
I have always wanted to build German WWII bombers in 1:48 scale since the 60s. In the 60s I was in my early teens and I had not that much money, and there was no 1:48 scale German bomber model kits except this model kit which was a 1:64 scale Ju 88.
In the 60s there was no Internet and no Amazon. I remember building Lindberg’s Ju 88, and this box cover brings back old memories when building model airplanes was my favorite pastime.
This pastime led me to learn more about the history of WWII and later studied to become a history teacher in the late 60s, teaching history in the 70s for only 2 years out of 34, and retiring in 2004. I guess teaching history for only two years left a void I am trying to fill when I started writing blogs about WWII in 2009.
Lindberg’s Ju 88 is why I just had to buy these two model kits made by ICM last week. The first one I bought was a Junkers Ju 88A-14…
and a few hours after its sister bomber a Dornier Do 17-2.
After I had bought the Ju 88A-14 and the Do 17Z-2 I found that ICM had also made this version of the Ju 88, the Ju 88C-6
A nighfigther version!
I could not stop looking for more ICM model kits on Amazon! That Ju 88 version was the plane which created havoc amongst RAF and RCAF bombers flying over France and Germany. As luck would have it, it was readily available on Amazon for the modest price of $51.34 CDN plus 4.99 for shipping.
For a moment I thought of cancelling the Ju 88A-14 I had bought on impulse buying…
Then I read the profile of the modeler who had reviewed the Ju 88A-14 on iModeler. This person has 600 model kits of which only 25% have been built. I have only a little over 60 unbuilt model kits and I can’t begin to imagine when I will build all of them.
So what about ICM Ju 88C-6…?
This is an interesting review of the ICM Ju 88 C-6.
While reading the review it became obvious that I could build the Ju 88C-6b another nightfighter version of the Ju 88 which is selling for more than $80 CDN on Amazon.
This is a review of that model kit.
With the Ju 88C-6 model kit we already have these extra parts…
My Forgotten Hobby is just remembering the good old days of the 60s which is always a click away on Amazon…
ICM He 111 H-3?
It’s a beauty!
I had to stop adding coats after coats of acrylic yellow on my Monogram AT-6 (Harvard).
Monday I decided on the spur of the moment to take off every coat, yellow, white and black using Windex!
I will now wait until springtime and use my airbrush outside to finish up this project. Yesterday I started my Airfix Spitfire Mk Vb I bought two years ago part of the Dogfight Doubles.
I am amazed by all the tiny little pieces there are as well as the thinness of larger parts like the wings and the fuselage. I guess that the way to go now with all newer model kits on the market.
I have been doing a lot of impulse buying lately, leading me to reflect on it this morning. I feel impulse buying is fueled more by the fear that a particular model kit will not be available anymore like Eduard’s 1/48 scale Hawker Tempest V I would have liked to add to my stash.
Well it won’t happen again…
I feel it does not matter anymore if I build all my model kits stashed away since the 1980s or those I recently bought. Every time I look at what I have, I am always reflecting on why I keep buying more and more especially when the price is right like the two Focke-Wulfs…
It’s all about fear.
And the two WWII German bombers…
Did I say two WWII German bombers…?
So I went to Dunnville, Ontario, after seeing George Stewart and I could not stop writing about No.6 SFTS Dunnville, Ontario…
Yesterday I have added a few more coats on the Harvard and I think I have added enough even if enough never seems enough.
I have learned my lesson with using black as a primer coat. I will now concentrate more on the homemade decals with this reference found on the Internet since I can’t use U.S. Airforce decals.
iModeler says… We have a another winner!
A little while ago I posted an article on the new 1/48 scale ICM He-111. In that article I mentioned doing another review on the Do-17.
This will give me an opportunity to try out the new format that Martin and his staff have been working so diligently on. I can say this about the new Imodeler website: It is much easier to upload your pictures. I was able to take all of my photos and upload them at one time using my cell phone. This is a remarkable improvement that I like a whole lot! Thanks guys for the hard work you do.
So with this introduction, lets get to it.
The ICM Dornier Do-17Z was released a year or so ago. Up until then, the only other choices we had in 1/48 scale was the Classic Airframes kit, which is getting harder to find at decent prices, and the much older Hobbycraft kit, which many have shown to have a banana shaped fuselage and lacking a lot of details in the cockpit. Since I have several of the older Hobbycraft kits in the stash, it is a welcome addition to see that ICM has taken the time to give us a new modern release.
How can I go wrong…
This is post No. 352 on My Forgotten Hobby II. It will be about how I got to know about the BCATP and a Mosquito pilot…
My research on Eugène Gagnon led me to learn more about the BCATP which I did not know in 2010 had ever existed. BCATP stands for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The above photo was shared by Eugène Gagnon’s nephew in 2011 who knew all about his uncle before his uncle enlisted in the RCAF in February 1941and after his uncle came back to Bromptonville after the war.
Jacques Gagnon knew very little about his uncle during the war. Eugène Gagnon died in a plane crash on October 21, 1947 flying a Republic Seabee. His obituary never mentioned his service overseas. All it said was that he had stayed in Canada since he was too valuable…
Together Jacques and I pieced together his uncle’s service record with all the photos he had and a copy of his record of service I got from Archives Canada.
His uncle flew the Harvard at No. 6 SFTS Dunnville, Ontario. He got his wings there.
This is probably where that photo was taken.
Researching Eugène Gagnon with his record of service led me to create a blog about the BCATP hoping to get some relatives of trainees to add comments.
As you can see there is a Sgt Gagnon mentioned on one of Lloyd William Brown’s log book pages. It could be him since Eugène Gagnon was posted at No. 7 B&G School in Paulson, Manitoba on May 9th, 1942.
Eugène Gagnon would stay there as a staff pilot flying all sorts of airplanes except a Harvard which he flew at Dunnville and earned his wings there.
To be continued later after I add more coats of acrylic yellow because I had a bright idea of using black as a primer coat…
Updated 20 December 2022
I know Lindberg Ju 88 is not what I just bought today, but it is why I bought ICM Ju 88 A-14.
$54.34 CDN ($4.99 CDN shipping)
I had built Lindberg Ju 88 back in the 60s. I know I should stop reminiscing about the 60s and stop buying more model kits, but I guess it is just part of My Forgotten Hobby. Having bought Eduard Spitfire Mk IXc and Eduard P-39 after reminiscing about when I built in the 60s Monogram Spitfire Mk IX and Monogram P-39, I thought I was done with impulse buying.
I was wrong again last week as I was tempted by Amazon.ca which had two incredible deals after I had finished my Monogram FW 190…
$32.26 CDN (free shipping)
$28.28 CDN (free shipping)
Missing on those two incredible deals and having to regret it? Maybe just having those three even if I will never build them is all part of My Forgotten Hobby and reminiscing the good old 60s…
I have been working steadily on the AT-6 (Harvard), but this was nagging me…
How can I finish up my Monogram FW 190 since the decals were unusable? Could I use leftover clear decal sheets I had bought a few years ago? I know I can’t use clear aerosol decal fixative spray outdoors in winter?
Necessity is the mother of invention.
I had a few options. To buy overpriced aftermarket decals… To buy another Monogram FW 190 just for the decals… but they could be unusable also… To buy Tamiya FW 190 and use the decals, but get struck with another unbuilt model kit without decals…
Last week necessity had to kick in. I decided then to copy a decal sheet found in this model kit on my color inkjet printer …
I then used a large brush to put four thin coats of clear acrylic paint over the copied decal sheet letting each coat dry for at least 24 hours. I then painted a white undercoat where the decals would go since there is not white background.
How did it go?
To be continued…