I am first and foremost a car guy. But I do like other things too, and pretty much anything with an engine in it will grab my attention. I must confess to be drawn to aircraft for some reason, but I do have a somewhat complicated relationship to them. First off - I am not one of those who think war is cool, so military planes are out (regardless of what technological wonders they might be - its for the wrong reason). Then, I find airliners about as exiting as the city bus, so those are out too. On the other hand, sports planes, bush planes and the like are worthy candidates to me. I could make the stretch to air taxi and small regional airliners but I draw the line by the size of a Twin Otter. I stick to 1/72 scale for reasons of convenience (inconvenience). The boxes are small so they don't take up too much room, and the selection is limited so the collecting bug doesn't get out of hand. And, I build them for therapy. I have found that I have a hard time letting go of my aspirations when building car models, and I get frustrated when things turn out less than satisfactory. Not so with my planes. They only need to provide recreational enjoyment and look good enough to hang from the ceiling of my basement hobbyroom.
I felt it was time to build a plane again, so I pulled this one from the pile. I chose this one for the reason that the box is big, and by building the model I would get the box out of the way and free up space in the shelving. Sound reasoning - right?
So here we are, my Siebel 202 in good progress. It is a German plane from the WWII era, and the story is: As war was breaking out, the German government notified a number of the smaller aircraft manufacturers that they would not get any development contracts for the military, and that they might want to concentrate their efforts on small civilian aircraft. This is one resulting machine. As I understand the plane was made out of wood. Fuselage covered in plywood, and rubber and elevator covered in fabric.
The decal sheet and box art both have swastikas, but don't worry. They will not be used. This will become a fictional privately operated plane in "harmless" colors. AML failed to provide a pilot in the kit, so I found a 1/87 railroad scenery figure to do the job. Now after the fact I find that I happened to paint him to resemble Austin Powers, but thats OK. I'm sure he'll do a fine job of it.
There will be more to come.. eventually.