Easy to get lost on My Forgotten II unless you have been following me since My Forgotten Hobby.

In December 2013 I reconnected with my forgotten hobby when I stumbled upon a blog about another modeler. It was then I decided to start reminiscing…and writing about my forgotten hobby.


Now I am writing on My Forgotten Hobby III.

Breaking News!

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.

Intermission – Reflecting on impulse buying

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…?

Intermission – How I got to know about the BCATP?

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.

This is an example of a post I wrote…

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…

Intermission – Impulse buying – ICM Ju 88A-14

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…

Nakajima G8N Renzan 連山 (Mountain Range), Allied Reporting Name “Rita”

Lovely Rita…

Inch High Guy

G8N _Renzan_01The Nakajima G8N Renzan was developed in response to an Imperial Japanese Navy requirement for a long range land-based attack bomber.  The prototype first flew on 23OCT44 and was delivered to the IJN in January 1945.

G8N _Renzan_02The specification called for a heavy defensive armament.  Six Type 99 20 mm cannon were mounted in powered turrets located in dorsal, ventral, and tail positions, augmented with four 13 mm Type 2 machine guns mounted  two in the nose and one in each beam position.

G8N _Renzan_03The aircraft was powered by four Homare 24 radials rated at 2,000 hp each.  These were mounted behind gear-driven cooling fans to prevent over-heating.  The engines were turbocharged, but these were problematic and the Japanese struggled to develop reliable turbochargers during the war.

G8N _Renzan_04Four prototypes were produced but the design never entered series production due to the deteriorating war situation.  Overall flight characteristics were reported to be good. …

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