About my collection of model kits

About my collection of model kits

Updated 13 May 2022

I have always liked P-39s even though they were not well-liked by pilots.


I have changed how I view my stash of model kits since it has grown a lot since 2019.

Now I consider my stash as my collection of unbuilt model airplanes. In 2019 I was hoping I would be avoiding going on another spending spree, and planning ahead on my next builds by setting up some priorities…

Well I was being wrong, and in 2020, I was keeping adding more and more model kits to my collection.

This is the updated list (13 May 2022) of model kits I have.

Helicopters (3)

Monogram (3)
AH-1S (almost completed many years ago)
Bell Huey Hog (bought in 1980s)
AH-64 Apache (bought in 1980s and started in mid 90s)

Planes (79)

ICM (4)
Ju 88 A-14 (bought on January 20, 2020)
Do 17Z-2 (bought on January 21, 2020)
Ju 88 C-6 (bought on January 21, 2020)
Me 109 F-4 (bought on January 28, 2020, almost completed)

Airfix (3)
Boulton-Paul Defiant (bought in 2018)
Battle of Britain and Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 (bought in 2018, Bedford MWD Light Truck and the Albion fuel bowser built)
Battle of Britain and Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 (bought in 2018)

Eduard (12)
P-39 Weekend edition (bought in December 2019)
Spitfire Mk IX (bought in December 2019)
F6F Hellcat Weekend edition (bought in January  2020)
Spitfire Mk XVI Weekend edition (bought in January 2020)
Me 110 E (bought in January 2020)
Me 109 G-4 (bought in February 2020)
FW 190 D (bought in March 2020)
Me 109 E-3 (bought in March 2020)
FW 190 A-8 (bought in March 2020)
Hawker Tempest Mk V (bought in June 2020)
P-51 D (bought in June 2020)
Hawker Tempest Mk V Weekend Edition (bought in June 2020 – work in progress)

AMT (0)
A-20 (bought so many years ago and now completed)

Tamiya (25)
Bristol Beaufighter Mk VI (bought after 2000)
Hawker Harrier (bought in 1990s)
de Havilland Mosquito (bought in 2018)
P-47 M (bought in 2019)
F4U-1/2 Corsair (bought in August 2019)
F4U-1D Corsair with tug (bought in 2019)
Me 262 (bought in December 2019)
FW 190D (bought in January 2020)
IL-2 Sturmovik (bought in February 2020)
Bristol Beaufighter TFX (bought in June 2020)
P-38 F/J  (bought in June 2020)

P-47 D Razorback (bought in September 2020)

P-51 B (bought in September 2020)

P-38 F/J (bought in 2021)

Mitsubishi G4M Betty (bought in 2021)

Fairey Swordfish (bought in 2021)

De Havilland Mosquito Mk IV (bought in 2021)

Spitfire Mk I – old version (bought in 2021)

Spitfire Mk I – new version (bought in 2021)

Spitfire Mk Vb  (bought in 2021)

Spitfire Mk Vb – tropical version (bought in 2021)

Mustang Mk III (bought in 2021)

Nakajima Ki 84  (bought in 2021)

Heinkel He 219 (bought in 2021)

Heinkel He 162 (bought in 2021)

Revell (2)
B-29 (vintage 1950s) (a gift from the nephew of a Mosquito pilot)
B1-B (bought in 1990s)

Monogram (27)
Wright Brothers Kitty Hawk (a gift from a WWII veteran)
de Havilland Mosquito (bought in 1990s)
de Havilland Mosquito (bought in 1990s)
Hawker Harrier (bought in 1980s)
Hawker Typhoon (bought in 1990s)
SBD Dauntless (bought in 1980s)
Vought Kingfisher (bought in 1990s)
A-26 B Invader (bought after 2000)
B-24 J (bought in 1980s)
B-25 J (bought in 1990s)
B-58 (bought in 1980s)
P-38 (bought in 1980s)
P-61 Black Widow (bought in August 2019)
F4 Phantom (bought in 1980s)
F-8 Crusader (bought in 1980s)
F-9F (bought in 1980s and almost completed)
F-80 (bought in 1980s)
F-84 (bought in 1980s)
A6 Douglas Skyraider (bought in 1980s)
A7 Corsair (bought in 1980s)
F-100 (bought in 1980s)
F-101 (bought in 1980s)
F-102 (bought in 1980s)
F-105 (bought in 1980s)
F-106 (bought in 1980s)
F-117 (bought in 1980s)
Mig-29 (bought in 1980s)

Hasegawa (4)
P-40 E (bought in 2018)
Douglas Dauntless (bought in 2018)
Zero Type 52 (Minicraft/Hasegawa) (bought in 1990s)

Nakajima B5N Kate (bought in 2021)

Trumpeter (1)
Vickers Wellington Mk III 1/72 scale (bought in February 2020)

Vickers Wellington Mk III 1/48 scale (bought in April 2022)

Ships (7)

Trumpeter (4)
Canadian HMCS Huron 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)
German Z-30 Zerstorer 1/350 scale (bought in 2019)
USS Lexington 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)
USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019)

Tamiya (0)
USS Hornet CV-8 1/700 scale (bought in 2019 and completed)

USS Yorktown CV-5 1/700 scale (bought in 2019 and completed)

USS Saratoga CV-3 1/700 scale (bought in 2019 and completed)

So with more than 80 model kits waiting to be built, I realise now that it’s not that important if I build them all…

Just having them is and having fun building them.

Airfix Albion fuel bowser – Final Lap? — My Forgotten Hobby V

Lest we forget Day 63 Not quite there yet. I have completed the assembly Tuesday morning by cementing the booms. Again instructions had to be followed carefully and some parts didn’t seem to fit. I should have checked Plane Dave’s rendition of his Albion fuel bowser. https://planedave.net/2020/04/30/albion-am463/amp/ I am sure I would have understood the […]

Airfix Albion fuel bowser – Final Lap? — My Forgotten Hobby V

Progress report – … And a little more

Lest we forget
Day 59

This is how I left my workstation Thursday night.

That’s the little more I was talking about on Friday morning.

I experimented with homemade sky for the PBY Catalina and the shade didn’t come how I thought it would.

Win some, lose some…

The mechanics are again working feverishly on the fuel bowser.

They had completed and painted the Bedford MWD light truck. They are working on the right door making sure everything is plumb.


With these last images I have now reached my 3 gigabytes upload limit on My Forgotten Hobby IV…

You know what’s coming next don’t you?

Progress report – Bedford MWD light truck… And a little more

Lest we forget
Day 58

Just another day on My Forgotten Hobby IV…  More progress was made on the trucks yesterday.

The mechanics are now working hard on the fuel bowser.

They have just completed and painted the Bedford MWD light truck.

Nice job!

They only have to do some painting on the underside of the Bedford.

They have used the wet palette technique from the YouTube video.

Since the acrylic paint was still wet after a few hours, they decided to use it for weathering the trucks and the aircraft carriers.

They also used this technique on the Hawker Tempest since they still had different shades of grey on the wet palette.

The Eduard Hawker Tempest Series 2 has been sitting in its box since last year.

This is how it turned out…

While at it they mixed some homemade dark green and added the upper camouflage.

But there is more…

I will tell you another day.

Painting figurines

Lest we forget
Day 57

I have adapted this technique to paint my figurines.



I have decided to move on detailing them and concentrating instead on the Albion and the Bedford.

Work in progress

I won’t use my airbrush to finish the trucks. I will use it to finish my Hawker Tempest Series 2.

I want to complete the D-Day diorama as soon as possible.

The aircraft carriers have left my naval yard although three are still missing their planes.




First the planes need to receive an airbrush treatment with black primer.

Intermission – Airfix 1/48 Albion 3-Point Fueller – “Build Updates

Lest we forget Day 56

As you can see I have started painting the Albion fuel bowser using the paint provided by Airfix.

The acrylic paints in tiny jars work fine even if they are hard to open.

I have painted the figurines using two colors for now: RAF blue and light khaki. More details will be added to the figurines later.

There is no indication on how to paint the frame. I have found these two video which are quite useful.

Painting the USS Saratoga

Lest we forget
Day 55

I am still using my homemade light blue and homemade thinner on the USS Saratoga.

Deciding which color to use isn’t easy. This is the Saratoga leaving Pearl Harbor circa June – July 1942.

USS Saratoga (CV-3) alongside Naval Air Station, Ford Island, in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, circa June–July 1942. Her original 8″ guns and mounts had been removed in January that year, at Pearl Harbor, just after she was torpedoed off Hawaii on 11th January. She was rebuilt at PSNS with 5″/38s in twin mounts, and returned to active duty on 22 May 1942. Both her 8″ guns and those from the USS Lexington (CV-2) became shore defense weapons in Hawaii.

Official US Navy photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), # 80-G-K-456.

This is another photo…

Title: USS Saratoga
Description: USS Saratoga (CV-3) Underway at sea, circa 1942. Planes on deck include five Grumman F4F fighters, six Douglas SBD scout bombers and one Grumman TBF torpedo plane. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Maybe my light blue is too light and I should repaint with a darker shade.

In 1945, according to Tamiya, the shade of blue was sea blue.

Then there’s the deck color to decide… natural wood color or blue stained.

I have decided.

USS Saratoga CV-3

Here are my four other aircraft carriers.

USS Hornet CV-5

USS Essex CV-9

USS Yorktown CV-3

USS Enterprise CV-6

Next time?

Very British Albion fuel bowser