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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Italian Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Editor » Sun Oct 08, 2023 5:45 pm

The master's workshop. I agree, 2 gallon air compressors have a short life span - they don't last very long and usually die looking new.

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Yes Indeedie!

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sun Oct 08, 2023 7:05 pm

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The master's workshop. I agree, 2 gallon air compressors have a short life span - they don't last very long and usually die looking new.
Only air compressors I'd use for model spray painting 1966-69, 1977-1990 were US-made 3/4 hp no-tank Thompson diaphragms. Inexpensive they'd rattled & crept on floors, noisy as hell, reberb running them inside folk's auto garages & kitchens of apartments I'd lived in during these times likely damaged my hearing, now in old age paying the price for that! IMHO their's no such thing as an absolutely quiet air compressor for hobby airbrushing, some diaphragm ones come close but they're near noisy as home refrigerator compressors one in my apartment can hear 15 feet away, sound from it bouncing off kitchen walls into my bedroom at night!

Whilst living in apartments generally didn't spray paint past 9:00 p.m. though did on occasion up till & past 10 p.m. finishing up on time-demanding painting sessons, shutter now recalling how nasty these "sprays" were especially with Floquil lacquers building Luftwaffe subjects in 1980s. Floquils generally sprayed on nice but had to be mixed repeatedly else pigments would settle on cup bottoms clogging siphon tubes & blowing out in clumps ala 1966-vintage Revell Fw 200 kit had built c.1981, did another a decade that came out near perfecto with Testors Model Master enamels, gave it away with 94 other models in 1997.

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Speaking Of Scale Model Collections...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sun Oct 08, 2023 9:27 pm

This was the entire line of (recollected for 2nd time since late 1980s) unbuilt USA-only issue 1964-66 AIRLINES (Air Lines with International Model Aircraft Ltd. FROG logo between words in their sales literature) 1/72 scale airplane model kits photographed in my apartment hallway closet on December 12, 2017 all given away to Viking Hobbies Sacramento, California in 2021:

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The first 24 kits issued early 1964 were heralded in this very rare promotional full-color sales flyer I've kept for posterity:

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The display-dispenser & header graphic was that intended for USA retail marketing though swapped-out in USA Thrifty Drug Stores for an enlarged dispenser & redesigned header jointly marketing Testors PLA Enamels & AIRLINES kits. No photographs of this dispenser are on the Internet, photographs and/or paper sales flyers of it rotting away in file folders, attics, garages, etc. one possibly held by another AIRLINES kits aficionado.

Interestingly Thrifty Drug stores kept the dispensers up & stocked till end of 1967 months after AIRLINES had ceased operations & FROG commenced direct US kit sales after the US Government repealed most tariffs on imported toys, including scale model kits.

The garish box top artwork by Joseph (Jo) Kotula was most striking of early 1960s aviation model kit box top artistry, Aurora's & Revell's close equals with some kits though AIRLINES was only brand then to consistantly image its entire kit range.


Besides those kits shown above there also were duplicates, including my most favorite airplane scale model of all time sparking decades of interest of Italian aviation:

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Sadly I couldn't keep them all but kept the best physical conditioned one for posterity as well Image

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That's Pretty Much It...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Tue Oct 10, 2023 11:54 am

...My continuing on with posting on this discussion thread, gone too afield after returning to it few days ago. Other than making return post replies when warranted time to move on with posting on other forum discussion threads well as starting new ones. I don't know if you "lock" threads Vince but this one might be a candidate given several models I'd built here are up on the Gallery. I am entertaining starting a thread on reminiscences of other Italian model builds not on this thread but have finish photos of them, keep on watch for it!

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Post by Editor » Tue Oct 10, 2023 3:43 pm

I haven't ever needed to lock a thread, no reason to. The Airlines collection you sent me photos a few years ago, incredible - I think they're shrink wrapped too.

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Thanks For Replying...

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I haven't ever needed to lock a thread, no reason to. The Airlines collection you sent me photos a few years ago, incredible - I think they're shrink wrapped too.
...Had to ask whether you'd locked threads. All my AIRLINES kits were shrink wrapped but did that when had a shrinkwapper, me thinks had given it to Viking Hobbies Sacramento, don't remember when, none of their kits ever were shrinkwrapped BTW. As best remembered & far as I know viewing old kits via Internet no model kitmaker shrinkwrapped their products till mid-1960s, could start a discussion thread just on model kit contents & box "security", memories still good on those securely packaged & those pilfer-prone, Revell's top of my list of latters well into the 1960s!

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Post by Editor » Tue Oct 10, 2023 7:19 pm

I think you may have posted the display stand and photos of the Airline kits way back when, and may have been lost when the board went down in 2019 - we lost 3000 posts and 300 users, speaking of which I should do a backup this weekend. btw each of those kits is a collectible. There's a guy in San Jose that has some of these kits listed on ebay.

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Great Memory, Most Liekly DId...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Wed Oct 11, 2023 3:51 am

Editor wrote:
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I think you may have posted the display stand and photos of the Airline kits way back when, and may have been lost when the board went down in 2019 - we lost 3000 posts and 300 users, speaking of which I should do a backup this weekend. btw each of those kits is a collectible. There's a guy in San Jose that has some of these kits listed on ebay.
...Know for sure I'd posted the AIRLINES kits hallway closet photos on other websites in past, stacked collection of Macchi C.202 kits is new one taken January 10, 2021. Now 59 years later some AIRLINES kits are still up for sale on eBay, hundreds of others some going back to late 1950s. Those kits I had were resold at least once most twice or or more since first retailed, could start discussion thread just on model kit retailing during late 1950s & 60s. Plastic model kits were sold everywhere then, Airfix Of America airplane issues in Disneyland Anaheim, California for example, saw them in 1965 when folks sold Lakewood house we'd lived in 1952-63 to neighbor their son inheriting & renting it out to this day.

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Brief Returns To This Old Thread...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sat May 18, 2024 12:22 pm

...For posting sample pix of previously unseen Regia Aeronautica Italiana aircraft model subjects of mine here rather than starting new discussion threads despite having asked it be closed commencing with the 1/72nd scale LF Models 7275 Ansaldo A.C.3 fighter based on the french Dewoitine D.9. This 2017 build was delightful though before I'd paid more attention to sanding off resin cast imperfections, apologies beforehand!

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Photos Taken June 4 2021:

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Re: Retired In Kalifornia's Italian Aircraft Model Builds In Progress Photos

Post by Vincent Fiore » Mon May 20, 2024 2:05 am

As always beautiful builds and the paint job is great.

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1/72nd Scale Merlin Models FIAT CR.40

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Sat May 25, 2024 1:09 pm

Powered by a 485 hp nine-cylinder Bristol Mercury IV radial the sole FIAT CR.40 was a late 1930s evolutionary development of the V-12 FIAT A.30 liquid-cooled inline-powered CR.32 towards the CR.42. Released during the 1990s possibly earlier between 2006 & 2010 I'd purchased a Merlin Models CR.40 off eBay. A limited-run plastic injected kit with white metal engine, propeller et.al. parts the castings were crude but workable it amongst my early "skills builds" for later Regia Aeronautica Italiana subjects.

Photos Taken ‎July ‎23, ‎2017

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Photos Taken June 4, 2021

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Memories Of Future Past

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Wed May 29, 2024 4:47 pm

Whilst posting jpgs of the above FIAT CR.40 vivid memoires returned of "slaping" model kits together in my folk's south Sacramento, CA house 60 years ago, exercises they were building as many kinds of airplane types possible a select fully painted few hanging beneath my bedroom ceiling 1965-69 including AIR LINES Macchi C.202s & Revell FIAT CR.42s. Hundreds of builds later 95% of which 1/72nd scale airplanes in 2006 I'd settled on building only 1/72nd Regia Aeronautica Italiana subjects all given away with their display cases & storage shelves in June 2021. Though physically elsewhere in memory they reside in their cases & shelves in that south Sacramento house's living room c.1967 allowing me in to enjoy them in what had been my favorite past abode in spacetime for the rest of my earthly life :grin:

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IMAM Ro.37/37bis & Ro.41

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Tue Jun 04, 2024 7:15 pm

1/72nd Scale AZUR Ro.37/37bis, KORA Ro.41, All Builds During 2017:

June ‎24, ‎2017

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‎‎June ‎14, ‎2021

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Absolute True Story...

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Wed Jun 05, 2024 4:39 pm

...Do know this is Off Topic with profuse apologies to all but must mention this early post-Cold War story on the subject of personal reconcilation.

Whilst the Soviet Union was breaking up in 1991 I'd posted an ad in FineScale Modeler for those FROG models advertised by its USA subsidiary AIR LINES for release in 1966, wanted to build them to include with my 1988-1991 AIR LINES builds sadly no photos of which exist. Amongs those replying internationally were Russians & Ukrainians, one former, three latter I'd say in contact with. Strongly believing it important to materially demonstrate good will towards them during the early post-Cold War years I'd assembled personal computers (PCs), bought monitors, printers, ancillary equipment, software etc. as gifts for them to start businesses with.

The first system was delivered to the Moscow region Russian early in 1993 via United Parcel Service, the US Postal Service couldn't guarantee secure delivery, by 1995 was able to send PCs & parts somewhat securely via them. The one Ukrainian who'd stayed in contact with me up till the 2022 Russo-Ukrainian War called me by telephone later in 1993 profusing thanking me for his computer system starting a hobby model products business, the other Ukrainian did as well via e-mail & mailed audiotape in 1994 businesses of which they'd started do believe are still going, the third living in Poltava had lost contact with by end of the 20th Century.

No motion picture will made about my efforts towards personal post-Cold War reconcilation but must believe others here in USA have done similarly though hopefully not as expensive mine costing many thousands of dollars. BTW, this is the first time I've publicly related these reconciliation efforts.

Thanks Vince for moving this post here considering it tangents on long past scale model building, Richard

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1/72nd Scale Choroszy Modelbud FIAT CMASA G.8

Post by RetiredInKalifornia » Mon Jun 10, 2024 6:10 pm

The FIAT Costruzioni Meccaniche Aeronautiche SA (CMASA) G.8 designed by Giuseppe Gabrielli (1903-1987) & first flown February 24, 1934 was a military utility aircraft design & production undertaken at the CMASA Pisa works it becoming part of FIAT in 1930. A conventional three-point biplane design with staggered wings of unequal span braced by Warren struts the pilot & passenger or instructor sat in tandem open cockpits. In addition to the prototype 60 were built for the Regia Aeronautica Italiana for liaison & training duties survivors serving with the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana, Aviazione Cobelligerante Italiana & post-war Aeronautica Militare till 1950.

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