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These are the first 3 plastic kits Revell made. I was 6. My dad bought me the Cougar when I was sick with the mumps! Been building ever since! :) Part of my collection of oldies. (You can find them on ebay but priced VERY high for the most part.) I don't think I'd could bring myself to sell them and others in my collection. If y'all want more pics let me know. :)

 

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1 hour ago, Jeff said:

That's cool, I like the " No cutting, No sanding "..... my first one was the old Aurora B47 , have no idea what scale, but I had fun with it..... thanks for the kick back in time , John, so much fun to go back to a simpler time in life.....

I agree Jeff. Hardly any comparison to the kits of today. :)

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It's funny, I was just about to post a thread about childhood memories of kits that turned into disasters or were otherwise memorable when I came across this thread!

Someone posted elsewhere a childhood memory of a "model-making disaster" that had lingered in his memory down the years, It occurred to me that this might give rise to some amusing old - and a few not-so-old "confessions"!

My "disaster" was an Airfix Bristol Beaufighter which could be adapted to carry torpedoes. I had not yet learned to interpret drawings well, and so stuck this torpedo on the top wing where the prop would have sawn the end off it! It looked right to my eyes! My ex-RAF father made encouraging noises despite this - and the rivers of glue around it which trickled down my wrists- and my mother was not awfully cross about the considerable quantity that ended up in my hair, and on everything I touched 'twixt my bedroom to the bathroom to try and wash off unset glue. You may imagine the scene. I must have been about 4 or 5! I also have a very clear memory of receiving the Airfix 1/72? Lancaster BIII, for my 7th birthday, a kit so stupendously "huge and impressive" that I can still readily call to mind the sheer ecstasy of seeing it emerge from the wrapping-paper - 47 years later! 

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One bad memory was my parents bought their nephew the Revell Corsair as below.
I was about 12 at the time and had coveted this kit for ages but never received from them anything even close to that beauty (at the time). The rub was he wasn’t even a modeller .............yep I’m going to stop there,  as I may have to go into therapy :blink:

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I remember back when I was about 8, I had a box scale B 52(I'm guessing maybe 1/144) was glowing a wing and the tube of glue blew out the bottom. Felt really funny for a while until I went outside a got some air. Ah, the good ol ' days !....harv:rofl::rofl:

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Nice trip down memory lane John. One of the first kits I can recall building was a Snap Tite Jet Ranger. I must have 5 or 6 at the time. An earlier memory was my baby sitter's older brother built car models. He let me finish one that he'd done. Can't remember the car except that it was painted green. I do remember the smell of the Testors tube glue he gave me to finish building it though. 

As for modeling snafus, there was a 1/72 Wellington. I glued the fuselage together, then noticed the cockpit still on my desk. So I tried it open, installed the cockpit and closed the fuse back up. At which point I see the turret on my bench. Pry the fuselage open again, install the turret and close it up. Again.  Well, you know what's coming next. Yup, the rear turret. That was a messed up fuselage by the time I was done. 

Carl

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8 minutes ago, BlrwestSiR said:

Nice trip down memory lane John. One of the first kits I can recall building was a Snap Tite Jet Ranger. I must have 5 or 6 at the time. An earlier memory was my baby sitter's older brother built car models. He let me finish one that he'd done. Can't remember the car except that it was painted green. I do remember the smell of the Testors tube glue he gave me to finish building it though. 

As for modeling snafus, there was a 1/72 Wellington. I glued the fuselage together, then noticed the cockpit still on my desk. So I tried it open, installed the cockpit and closed the fuse back up. At which point I see the turret on my bench. Pry the fuselage open again, install the turret and close it up. Again.  Well, you know what's coming next. Yup, the rear turret. That was a messed up fuselage by the time I was done. 

Carl

Thanks Carl. I know what you mean about forgetting certain parts. I've done that more times than I want to remember! :)

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