Going For 50

I have been sitting here at work, flipping through my photos on my iPad. There is a separate album titled “models”. After each build, I put the photographs in this folder and generally forget about them. Looking at all my past builds was a fun reminder of how much I enjoy this hobby. Even with the frustrating builds, this is the greatest hobby (my own opinion, of course).
Reminiscing also brought with it a personal challenge. When I finished the slideshow of aircraft, I decided to go back and count my builds in 2014. My faithful followers might remember that I built twenty-five kits last year. A respectable amount. This year has been bountiful with thirty-three completed builds so far this year. After my current set of builds, I will be at thirty-seven when I get them finished. Thirteen more to reach fifty. And that is my challenge to myself. Fifty builds at the end of 2014. My average is four a month. If I continued that pace, I would be two shy with forty-eight builds. The challenge has been accepted and now it’s time to pick up the tempo. Below is a full list of my 2014 builds.

1. F-8E Crusader
2. Focke Wulf FW-190-D
3. F7F-3P Tigercat
4. A-37B Dragonfly
5. RA-5C Vigilante
6. Lippisch P.13a
7. F-102A Delta Dart
8. F-104C Starfighter
9. Lightning F Mk.6
10. Ju-87 D-5 Stuka
11. MiG-29 Fulcrum
12. T-6G Texan
13. Stearman PT-13D Kaydet
14. A6M5c Zero (Japanese)
15. A6M5c Zero (American)
16. TBM-3 Avenger
17. MQ-9 Reaper
18. Saab J35J Draken
19. Sepecat Jaguar GR.1
20. X-47B
21. A-4E Skyhawk
22. F-16C Fighting Falcon
23. F-16I Sufa
24. F-89J Scorpion
25. F-84E Thunderjet
26. Mirage F.1c
27. F4U-1 Corsair
28. P-39Q Airacobra
29. F2H-3 Banshee
30. SR-71A Blackbird
31. YA-10A Thunderbolt II
32. F11F-1 Tiger
33. A-6E Intruder

23 thoughts on “Going For 50

  1. WOW! Thats alot of builds in 8 months, good luck. Do they make bombers in 1/72? But I bet they take a bit longer and would take too much time..;-)


  2. When I was a junior high, I remember starting easy with 144 scale. I remember my flying fortress and foxbat back then. Then I found that 1/72 is the ideal size for me and my tiny bedroom. I remember the flogger, tomcat, mirage 1, and the longbow apache (it was hot backthen though it towered among the other at 1/48) and some other fighters and bombers (widowmaker?).
    I remember laying on my bed imagining flying on one of them…
    I’m sitting here reading your blog without working, and i love it!


  3. Now I feel inspired to build an airplane. I noted on one of your posts that I have only ever build one (and I was young, and my father helped… but it still came out like the Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon). I will let you know what I decide.


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