My Specific Subject Interests
When I was growing up I read a lot, and a lot of what I read was related to military aviation. Two of my military aviation heroes were Eddie Rickenbacker and Chuck Yeager. Both came from humble beginnings and had a knack for mechanical things and loved airplanes. I’ve said more than once that General Yeager is one of the few people in the world I’d walk across the street to meet.
I got as close as I could get to Captain Rickenbacker. I served with the First Tactical Fighter Wing (and later First Fighter Wing after TAC and SAC became ACC) in the First Equipment Maintenance Squadron – 71st C.A.S.T.* – if only I had been assigned to the 94th C.A.S.T.!
*C.A.S.T. – Combat Armament Support Team – The First Fighter Wing consisted of the 27th, 71st, and 94th Fighter Squadrons. The CASTs worked in one shop in the EMS, with each supporting the specific squadron they were assigned to.
Anyway…my military heritage is with the 1st Fighter Wing, which traces it’s lineage back to WWI – with a specific interest in the 71st. So I’m focusing my modeling efforts on the aircraft that were assigned to the 1st throughout it’s history.
This is a pretty wide variety of modelling subjects to choose from!
The 71st has flown P-35s, YP-43s, P-38s, P(F)-80s, F-86s, F-102s, F-106s, F-4s, F-15s, and is currently flying T-38s as an Aggressor Squadron as 71st Fighter Training Squadron.
Add the 94th and you get to bring in the Nieuport 28, SPAD XIII, several “between the wars” aircraft, the P-40, and the F-22.
The 27th adds some possibilities, but who can take the “Chicken in Distress” squadron seriously?
I have some favorite fighters that I’ll also build outside of designated mission parameters. I love a Corsair. The Douglas Skyray is just a beautiful aircraft. The FW-190 and BF-109 need to be built. I’ve never built a Spitfire or Typhoon.
I’ll stick to 1/48 scale whenever possible. I can’t see 1/72 scale and 1/32 is too big to be displayed in my confines. Quality over quantity.
That should keep me busy for a few years, it took me months to build a 1/48 HasegawaF-15C Out of the Box (OOB) once I got started…