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PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2016 10:18 am 
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I remember building a Tamiya 1/48-scale Mustang when I was 11 or 12.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:49 pm 
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I started building plastic models as a kid in the '70s, but I was pretty random; funny cars, space ships, ect. I remember doing an aircraft carrier - don't know which - and I had to cut off the wings of ~40 airplanes and glue them back on folded (Grumman style) and the whole thing became a glue ball mess mixed in with the paint from the flight deck and it got all over my work table and my clothes :| . That one succumbed to the BB gun in the backyard.

In 1977 was the first year I went to the Reno Air Races and I saw the Confederate's doing their Tora act and I was smitten. :D
I had been to airshows and air races before, but this was the first time seeing 'warbirds in action'. And I set about building as many 1/72 scale models I could right out of the CAF Airshow program. I still have most of them in my old room at my parents and I will get them out soon.

In early 2014 I broke my leg and was laid up for several weeks. I bought a Hasagawa P-51 and started searching for ideas (along the way I found a couple warbird boards like this one ;) ) I decided on doing Ted Contri's old red Mustang, as I had known him back in '79 and he had just passed :(
I found Keith Davidson on the web (Red Pegasus Decals) and bought a bunch of his work and commissioned a bunch more from him, and he was cool enough to print me the registration for Ted's plane, too.
And that set off a new obsession and I have acquired a dozens of civilian warbird and air race decals sheets and kits for them. geek

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:23 am 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:17 pm 
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I've loved red Mustangs since I saw one on the cover of Flying magazine in 1964. Started a model of it myself a couple years ago--I need to finish that up someday. Post pics of yours as soon as it's finished!

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:44 pm 
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Snake45 wrote:
I've loved red Mustangs since I saw one on the cover of Flying magazine in 1964. Started a model of it myself a couple years ago--I need to finish that up someday. Post pics of yours as soon as it's finished!

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That is the same Mustang(44-84753), from its earlier owner Les Grant.
Ted Contri restored two other Mustangs in NEV ANG colors; "Sizzlin' Liz" and "Rosalie", but he never changed the red Mustang. 8)

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I think the intent of the site is very cool, and since I've been building plastic car and airplane models since 1963, I'd probably fit right in. I'll probably give it another look.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:07 pm 
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hansonbc2 wrote:
I think the intent of the site is very cool, and since I've been building plastic car and airplane models since 1963, I'd probably fit right in. I'll probably give it another look.

You're in the right place! :drink3:


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As a kid, had every WW2 plane and ship model then on the market (1970's), American and German. More than 200 in alll. When I was in the military, mom decided to selll the house. All my models went into the garbage truck.


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My brother, even as a teen, was an award-winning armor builder.
I only ever built a F-101 once for a contest, at about the age of 12 or so and won 1st place for youth.
Haven't built much airplane stuff since then but I've focused that over to another form of transportation:
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