Intermission – North American AT-6 (Harvard) The plane that won the war

This photo is most probably taken at No.2 SFTS Uplands, Ontario.

Don’t ask how I know because the explanation could be quite long.

Most of Allied WWII pilots trained on the North American AT-6 (Harvard in the RCAF). The Harvard is somewhat special in my stash even if I bought it more than 20 years ago.

I could make you believe I own one, but I can’t tell a lie on my blogs…

My fascination for aviation started in 1958. Writing blogs about WWII started with writing about a ship, a Canadian destroyer which I knew nothing about before my wife’s uncle told us in a family reunion in July 2009 that he was a stoker aboard HMCS Athabaskan. I just had to write about it since my wife’s uncle did not want to tell us more. Little by little I wrote about HMCS Athabaskan both in the two Canadian official languages, French and English.

I don’t monetise my blogs. There is something more precious in life like people who read my blogs and sometimes comment on what I wrote. The first WWII veteran who wrote a comment on a blog was a rear gunner with 425 Alouette Squadron. Curiously for someone who thought he knew a lot about WWII, I knew nothing about 425 Alouette Squadron the only French-Canadian RCAF squadron who flew Vickers Wellingtons and then Handley-Page Halifaxes. Through this veteran I met a man whose hero when he was young was a Mosquito pilot who history had forgotten.

His name was Eugène Gagnon the trainee seen here in front of a Harvard.

My research led me to find all about Eugène Gagnon and his days of training first on a Fleet Finch, then on a Harvard in Dunnville, Ontario where he earned his wings.

Eugène became a staff pilot in Paulson, Manitoba before he was sent overseas. In December 1944 he became a part of RAF 23 Squadron flying de Havilland Mosquito Mk VI. From December 1944 to May 1945 Flight Lieutenant Eugène Gagnon flew 33 operations most of them in the dark of night, in all-weather conditions, and often around German airfields stalking German nighfighters.

Night bandits they were called…

But I am digressing.

To be continued…

Intermission – About The Aurora, Revell, Monogram Models Story

I have watched the link to the past from The Model Maker Facebook Group Page.

What I found is that Revell Monogram had been bought by Hobbico.

(Source Wikipedia)

In May 2007 Hobbico acquired Revell-Monogram, famous maker of Revell plastic model kits. On 30 June, 2018, it was announced that Hobbico had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and went into liquidation…

What the future holds for nostalgic model airplane modelers?

I think my stash is now worth a whole lot more… nostalgia wise.





My wife told me that  my stash  was in the  way when  she wanted  to  clean  my workplace. I wholeheartedly  agreed and I decided  to  put  them  back  in the store room where  I  keep  my four cats’ litter boxes.

So everyday  when  I  scoop up, I look up at my stash  and get nostalgic  about  model  building.

How  in the  world  can I manage  to  build  them all? I  have so many I like…

Like the B-24. 

I got two. The B-24 D and the B-24 J.

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They have been sitting  in their box since God knows when.

What about these  two favourite  of mine.


This one I built  in 1976 when  I  visited  the Smithsonian in Washington  DC.


There I go again getting nostalgic about my first year of marriage which is still going strong.

39 years ago…

40 years next June 5th.

June 5th? Wasn’t that the start of the Battle of Midway…









How to use the proper acrylic paint thinner…?

I wish I knew.

Going on the Internet and on YouTube since yesterday, everyone seems to have the right solution.

Windshield washer, Windex, Future, homemade thinner, etc.






What I know is that I will have to experiment since I have lots of different acrylic paints and the last thing I want is to clog my airbrush and put it in its box for the next 30 years.

I still have a jar of my precious Tamiya paint thinner which worked fine the last time, but someone is selling it on Amazon for 57$.

This is not an option. Since I bought some items for my airbrush yesterday, I have time to ponder over this before finding the right solution.