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Re: A fun topic I think: childhood favorite kit
Being born in 1945, I got in on the ground floor.When I was 4 or 5 we took a family trip to Chicago. In the gift shop of the Shedd Aquarium of all places, I saw a model of the Gowland and Gowland sailing ship Bonhomme Richard (the kind that came with the plastic bottle). This was my first plastic model. The next day we went to the toy department of Marshall Field. My uncle John had been working for months on the Monogram balsa wood USS Missouri. There in the case was the Revell plastic version in the first square box. He bought it immediately. I still have the lovingly carved and sanded balsa hull which never was completed.
I went on to build the Aurora "colored" series in the first editions without the landing gear and bombs etc. My adult modeling career started later when I was an intern at Evanston Hospital, but that's another story.
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?
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