.: The old days

In the old days I have build a fair amount of models. On this page I will try to remember most of them, some of them I still even have pictures of.

Take a look and remember the old days with this vintage kits.

 

 

.: MI-6 Aeroflot Helicopter

Manufacturer: KVZ
Serie: -
Scale: 1/75
pictures: no

 

Probably my first serious kit. It was big. The parts were white and it had a big glass nose.

 

.: USS Midway

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H441
Scale: 1/547
pictures: no

 

Produced in 1974 the kit's boxart was the most striking to me. Of the model itself I do not have any memories.

 

.: B-58 Hustler

Manufacturer: Monogram
Serie: 6821
Scale: 1/121
pictures: Yes, taken from a simular model at Savigny Les Beaune

This kit was released in 1973. Seeing the picture on the box I can remember the red nose and tail section. It also had some action features like a remote trigger that dropped the weapons pod and all three cockpit hatches could be opened.

.: U.S.S. Hornet

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: 5323
Scale: 1/490
pictures: no

Looking at the box picture I remember the stand very well. What I most liked about the model was the paintscheme. I tried to copy the scheme as good as possible.

It was produced in 1967. The kit was fitted for the Tokio raid with B-25s on the deck.

 

.: Polaris nuclear submarine

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H347
Scale: 1/260
pictures: no

A 1:260 scale Polaris Nuclear Submarine by Revell.
It had a fully enclosed hull on one side, an a cutaway on the reverse showing the compartment interiors. It included two Polaris Missiles, a display stand and came with full color US Navy markings to make one of several subs including the USS George Washington, USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Patrick Henry, USS Robert E. Lee and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
The model also had several moving parts including the control surfaces and the periscope.

This kit has been re-released as USS Abe Lincoln SSBN-602 Polais Nuclear Submarine.

 

.: North American P-51B Mustang

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H295
Scale: 1/32
pictures: no

In my memory I can still feel the rivets on the wings. I also remember I painted the model in a high gloss green.

It was produced in 1969. The kit featured a detailed Rolls Royce Merlin engine with a removable cowl.

 

.: Jaques Yves Cousteau's Calypso

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H
Scale: 1/125
pictures: no

A wonderful bright white kit, with an even more wonderful history. It included besides the main vessel, mini subs, Zodiac inflatable’s, runabouts, a Hughes helicopter, a diving saucer, divers, diving bells, a shark cage, and even sharks. The Hughes was my favourite, but the rest of the model was nice to. I have played several exploration scenes with it.

the kit dates from 1976.

 

.: Cousteau's PBY

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H576
Scale: 1/72
pictures: Yes, taken from a simular model at Savigny Les Beaune

Besides the vessel Revell also had the PBY Catalina flying boat. It had moving floats at the wingtips. Later on I heard the kit didn't sell that well because of the lack of guns. And after Cousteau’s son, Philippe was killed in a Catalina crash-landing, the kit was rapidly removed from the Revell list.

It also dates from 1976.

.: General Dynamics F-16A

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H222
Scale: 1/72
pictures: no

This was a great kit with lots of extra's. It was issued in 1976 and featured decals for two versions, a very extended set of underwing stores, a detailed and removable engine plus engine stand, a tow tractor with a tow bar, a pilot's boarding ladder and two ground crew. The full range of underwing stores was probably the most impressive, maybe because the F-16A was often displayed to the public that way those days.

A few years later I rebuilt the model to an own design, called the RF-1 Sniper, as a fighter for my own air force.

 

.: Schwimmwagen

Manufacturer: Italeri
Serie: 313
Scale: 1/35
pictures: no

This Italeri kit of the famous German Schwimmwagen I remember mostly by its particularly shape. More a bathtub than a car. It is one of the few military vehicles I build.

 

.: B-1B Bomber

Manufacturer: Monogram
Serie: 5605
Scale: 1/72
pictures: no

The kit, issued in 1983, was moulded in shiny white plastic, that is what I remember. The wings were movable. Actually this kit represented was not a B-1B, nor a B-1A. But that was something I was not aware of that days.

 

.: F-18A Hornet

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: 4500
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

This kit, released in 1979, didn't look like a F/A-18A at all. I remember I tried to reshape the stabilisors and filling the holes in the LEX's. But with my skills back than, I guess this kit ended somewhere in a box.

 

.: F-15A Streak Eagle

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H288
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

Issued in 1977, this kit contained markings for the record setting 'Streak Eagle' and a regular production fighter version with weapons. The model was painted in various shades of silver, gold and bronze and metal. Not the easiest paints to work with, but for that time I was very happy with the results.

 

.: Phantom F-4J

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H188
Scale: 1/32
pictures: no

This model was big and white. It hung from my ceiling. I included the model with a real green and red navigation light.

The model was issued in 1972. It had detailed and removable J-79 engine, a removable radome with a detailed scanner dish and electronics, opening canopies, a detailed cockpit, optional position landing gear and Sparrow missiles.

 

.: Baja Husky

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H1511
Scale: 1/12
pictures: no

And there was also a motorcycle. This Husqvarna was displayed on a piece of model railroad grass.

The kit dates from 1976

Gallery

.: Tyrrell P34 six wheeler

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 12021
Scale: 1/12
pictures: yes

First of the two F1 kits of Tamiya I made. I remember taking the model with me on vacation with my parent to do some modeling in the caravan.

The kit dates from 1977

 

.: Martini Brabham BT44B

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 12018
Scale: 1/12
pictures: yes

 

Second of the two F1 kits.

.: Phantom F-4B

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H110
Scale: 1/72
pictures: Yes, taken from a simular model at Savigny Les Beaune

Another Phantom, much smaller this time. I loved the red diamonds on the fuselage. The model was hanging over the USS Enterprise model.

.: U.S.S. Enterprise

Manufacturer: Monogram
Serie: -
Scale: 1/400
pictures: no

This one was huge. With 85cm it has it's own shelve in my bedroom. Every now and than I rearranged the aircraft on the deck. I had cut out a hangar-door and made a hangar below deck. The elevators could be moved up and down. Ofcourse I wanted the Tamiya USS Enterprise, but that was too expensive.

Probably first on the market in 1978.

 

.: Supermarine Mk-II

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H-32
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

Who hasn't build a Spitfire? On this model I lost the decals and I was really sick of it. Finally I found them behind my desk and could finish the model.

This kit dates from 1978.

 

.: B-25H Mitchell

Manufacturer: Monogram
Serie: 
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

Like the love for a Phantom, a Mustang, or an A-10, the love for a B-25 will never die. This kit had a real bomb bay and was very well detailed. What I remember the best was the gun turret on top op the plane.

This kit dates from 1977.

 

.: Ju 87 Tank Buster

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: H142
Scale: 1/72
pictures: no

I can only remember the two warped 37mm canons under the wings of this Stuka.

The kit is from 1975.

 

.: U.S. Gun And Mortar Team

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 35086
Scale: 1/35
pictures: no

I do remember the A-A gun, I guess my first interest in FLAK. The set was displayed in a diorama along with Tamiya's Sand Bag Set (35025) and Tamiya's Jerry Can Set (35026)

 

.: Hughes OH-6 Cayuse

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: MA115
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

The Tamiya OH-6 is an old kit. I don't think it is available anymore, maybe on Ebay.

The relatively clean kit I changed into a warbird with scratchbuild rocketlaunchers and missiles, a gun and a camera.

 

.: General Dynamics F-16A

Manufacturer: Hasegawa
Serie: 
Scale: 1/32
pictures: no

I was a big fan of the F-16. This big kit was a real wannahave. For it's time the model was well detailed with a good looking cockpit and a nicely detailed M-61 internal cannon.

 

.: TA-4J Skyhawk Trainer

Manufacturer: Hasegawa
Serie: 
Scale: 1/32
pictures: yes

Although it was a wonderful kit I have mixed feelings on this model. It was given to me at a time I was just released from the hospital and I still identifies the kit with that time.

.: F-14A Tomcat

Manufacturer: Revell
Serie: 4712
Scale: 1/32
pictures: no

First of the two Tomcat I have build. This Revell model was introduced in 1981, and with it's swing wing it was a large model. Most impressive were the Phoenix missiles.

 

.: Japan Torpedo Boat PT-15

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 
Scale: 1/72
pictures: Yes, taken from a simular model at Savigny Les Beaune

As a present for my birthday I had to chose between the Tamiya Bismarck and this PT-15. Eventually I choose the Torpedo Boat. It was a joy to build and I even had it sailing in a water nearby.

.: BB-62 USS New Jersey

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 
Scale: 1/350
pictures: yes

A big box, a big model and a bix chalenge. The New Jersey represented the musscles of the US Navy. I was impressed by the ship and wanted to build that Tamiya 1/350 ship. I can't remember how long it took, but I do remember I even used add-ons for the first time. Brass ship railing that was. But that stuff was so expensive that I didn't do the whole ship.

.: SH-60B Seahawk

Manufacturer: Hasegawa
Serie: 
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

Seeing the tiny little Seahawks on the New Jersey I had to buid a bigger one than the 1/350 on that deck. Especially the low-viz bird has always attract me. No wonder I have build recently a new one.

This 80's model was the start of Hasegawa's H-60 series. For that time it was quite a good model with some nice details

 

.: Grumman F-14A Tomcat

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 6301
Scale: 1/32
pictures: I am sure there are some...

Second of the two Tomcats. I remember ordering the kit at my local hobby shop and while anxiously waiting for it to arrive, there was a big strike in the harbour. In that time big packets like this were transported by ship, not by plane.

I did a lot of scratch building on this model, the whole cockpit was redone with all the buttons. I ordered low viz decals and hand painted the scull and bones of VF-84 on the tales. I also made a piece of carrier deck to display the bird.

 

.: S-3A Viking Sub Hunter

Manufacturer: ESCI
Serie: 4051
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

The Viking was another one of my favourite navy aircraft. This kit had a moving MAD-boom and a sinister looking black cockpit. It had a nice set of colourful decals, a couple of torpedo's and Harpoon missiles and some neat looking buoy-launchers.

 

.: Cylon Raider

Manufacturer: Monogram
Serie: 85-6441
Scale: probably 1/64
pictures: yes

It was the time of Battlestar Galactica, the original series that is. Monogram produced a couple of BG kits. This Cylon Raider I liked the most.

The model was amazingly simple with about 25 parts. Most of the time went into painting and weathering the craft. I know I did some weathering with a candle(!) to make some smokestains. Don't try this at home!

.: Mc Donnell Douglas F-15C

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 61029
Scale: 1/48
pictures: yes

A most impressive fighter from the '80s. For that time the Tamiya kit was a good one, with a well detailed cockpit and a full load of air-to-air weapons. After 30 years the kit is back in my stash.

.: Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 61028
Scale: 1/48
pictures: yes

The A-10 is the most beautiful ugly aircraft, still flying around. The model of Tamiya dates from 1977 and is actually a model of the pre-production model of the A-10. At that time I didn't care. actually, I didn't knew. Initially I painted the aircraft in a ghost scheme and put it on its landing gear. Later on I gave it an overhaul I painted it in a sort of European I camouflage. In the third job I retraced the wheels and put it on a display standard.

Recently I rebuild the same kit. You can find it here.

.: Piloten Bodenpersonal Zubehör

Manufacturer: Revell - ESCI
Serie: H2275
Scale: 1/48
pictures: no

To make a nice diorama I added this kit to my build A-10. I do remember the weapon load vehicle was really working.

 

.: M113 U.S. Armored Personnel Carrier

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 35040
Scale: 1/35
pictures: yes

One of the very few armor vehicles I have build. But a did an extensive job on this one. I tried to build a Vietnam vet with all the extra's. On the top of the carrier I glued in pieces of a wheel the barrels that I found in a box, stil from Tamiya's Jerry Can Set (35026) used earlier.

The kit is still available.

.: Hawker Siddeley Harrier

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: MA112
Scale: 1/48
pictures: yes

The kit featured fine raised panel lines, an opening canopy and rotating nozzles It also had a removable hatch to view the detailed Pegasus engine. But that hatch fitted just that bad I had to glue it on its place. Exit engine view.
After 30 years the kit is back in my stash.

.: U.S.S.R. Typhoon

Manufacturer: Italeri
Serie: 551
Scale: 1/350
pictures: no

In 1990 the movie 'The hunt for the Red October' was released. The major roll in this movie was performed by an improved Typhoon class submarine. Like may others I was impressed by the size of the Typhoon. The Italeri kit was a re-run of an old Dragon kit and quite simple. I never finished the kit.

 

.: Porsche 911 Carrera '85

Manufacturer: Fujimi
Serie: EM-3
Scale: 1/24
pictures: no

A new time in my life, a new kind of modeling. Reaching a certain age, cars become more interesting, and the Porsche 911 became my favourite. The first in a series of 911's was this Carrera, painted red.

 

.: Porsche 911 Turbo '85

Manufacturer: Fujimi
Serie: EM-1
Scale: 1/24
pictures: no

The second Porsche, painted in the same red as the first on. The Fujimi kits were a joy to make.

 

.: Porsche 911 Carrera Targa '85

Manufacturer: Fujimi
Serie: EM-5
Scale: 1/24
pictures: no

Fujimi had a long list of 911's, and this Targa followed shortly on the other two above.

 

.: Porsche 911 S Coupe '69

Manufacturer: Fujimi
Serie: EM-7
Scale: 1/24
pictures: no

My favourite 911 in the Fujimi Porsche series. Only this Porsche I sprayed white, instead of red like the others.

 

.: Honda Ballade Sports Mugen CR-X Pro

Manufacturer: Tamiya
Serie: 45
Scale: 1/24
pictures: no

During the "car-decade" I also looked for a real life car that was, more or less affordable. The CR-X was the one I really wanted to have. At least a scale 1/24 was within my budget those days.

 

.: Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Manufacturer: Fujimi
Serie: EM-4
Scale: 1/24
pictures: no

The fourth 911 was this cabriolet, of course sprayed red.

 

.: Porsche 911 Speedster '88

Manufacturer: Fujimi
Serie: EM-26
Scale: 1/24
pictures: no

Finally the last 911. I never finished the Speedster. It was the last model I made in the old days. I kept the unfinished model for years, maybe I could continue the build some day. But after all these years more and more part were lost. At the end the model ended in the bin...

 

 

 

 

So, a long list of models I made during the old days. Most of them I can only remember vaguely. Some of them I can still feel, or remember certain parts of it. Like the mechanic of the movable wings of the B-1B, the lost of the decals of the Spitfire or the stand of the USS Hornet. Others are even documented with some pictures.

I am sure I have forgotten a few models, but looking at the list, almost 40 kits, I must have been a busy guy.

What have become of all those kits? Well, in the end, nothing. Lots of the were simply tossed away. Some of them ended as target for shooting practice with a BB-gun.

It was a great time, and I am glad the modeling virus has struck me again.

 

 

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