Loren Perry mentioned the Highway Pioneers. The red Ranbler was my first model in 1954 when was a first grader in San Angelo, TX. Model airplanes came next as I got older. The red Aurora Me 109 (before we knew about Bf 109s) was next. Ultimately, I built the yellow A6M2 Zero, the black Fw 190, the metallic blue Spitfire, and al.ost all of Aurora's WWI biplane. I discovered ships with Revell's Picture Fleet and Aurora's YAMATO and BISMARCK.
I have an unbuilt Aurora SE5a and Me109 as reminders of those days. I drifted away with college, but I did build an NS SAVANAH and a Polaris submarine for the NC State University Nuclear Engineering Department. They still have the models.
Life goes on and I gravitated to the 1/700 Waterline Series ships where I remain. Kido Butai has been built and wrecked in several moves. Now, I am 76 and the eyes and skills are not what they used to be. I have slowed down, but I still love the Divine Scale. I just got the Trumpy GUAM to honor a friend who was plankowner on that ship. Dann the torpedoes, full speed ahead!
My first model kit was the 1/570 Revell Titanic, gifted to me during Christmas 1992 at age 8. My older brother was gifted the Revell 1/530 USS Lexington at the same time. I have both kits to this day in a box, mostly intact.
I would go to my local hobby shop as often as my parents would take me and I spent my allowance money on models and supplies there.
One kit stands out most in my memory, the Airfix 1/600 King George V. After building so many Revell kits, this kit stands out most, with the Airfix 1/600 Repulse next. They just seemed so much more detailed. The Revell 1/570 North Carolina was the first kit I built on my own, and it is special to me as well.
What say you?