Next Level Builds

Here is where I am: Competent model building and painting and when the stars align, I might get a result worthy of the display case and a competitive contest entry.  I can confidently say given enough time and interest in a subject; I can tame almost any kit. Which is a good thing because I... Continue Reading →

Are we builders or finishers?

I have to admit: this post has been one of the harder ones to write (and to find images for).  The content is not controversial but I am trying to make a comparison which is difficult to support with data.  That said, in no way is this post meant to be a declaration of a... Continue Reading →

Model Kits that broke the Internets!

Cold weather is a great excuse to take the little one to the air museum.  No matter how many times I go there, I always find something interesting and last time was no different.  I found this gem on the bookshelf in the kiddie drawing & reading room: "Model Planes For Beginners" was first printed... Continue Reading →

OTTAWA’S LOST MUSTANGS

An excellent article by Andrew King on Ottawa Rewind.  This one is about the P-51 Mustangs that once flew over my home town. Actually, just down the road from my home.

I am going to look into getting some of these markings in order to do a “local” post-war Mustang.

OTTAWA REWIND

Once Upon A Time in Ottawood, our skies above the capital were abuzz with the sound of Rolls Royce Merlin engines, purring from the fuselages of the graceful and iconic WW2 fighter, the P-51 Mustang. After the war, Canada purchased a total of 150 Mustang P-51Ds from the United States for use by the RCAF and at No. 416 “Lynx” Squadron based at the RCAF Uplands Air Base south of Ottawa. This is where the MacDonald-Cartier International Airport is today. Operational for only a few short years between 1950-52, the Mustangs were declared obsolete in 1956 when they were replaced by the Canadair Sabre, and were later sold off to private buyers.

Do any of these remarkable Ottawa Mustangs still exist? I researched some serial numbers of these now sought after Mustangs to see if I could track any of these Ottawa Mustangs down. Selling for around $2-3million dollars nowadays…

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The 2020 Dream Kit List

Happy 2020 to you all!  I am currently completing a big kit that I hope to write about before the end of the month.  But before I get to that finish line, the first week of January is as good a time as any to break out another "Top 5" wish list. Last year's Top... Continue Reading →

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