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chris455
02-24-2004, 09:40 PM
My name is Chris. I just turned 45 last December 15th.

As a child growing up, it was just me, my two sisters, and my mom. We lived in a rented house on a farm in California. We had very little money, Believe it or not, it was a big treat when, every once in awhile, my mom would bake a chocolate cake- with no frosting! I'm not kidding- we were so poor, my mom considered the extra sugar an expensive "indulgence"( probably her wartime rationing of sugar hadn't fully worn off!)http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

There was one day when my mom took me shopping for clothes at a second hand store in town, and we happened to walk by a model shop -"Mikes Model Shop" on Main street. I had been a good boy having to shop for clothes (yuck!) and my mom thought I might enjoy seeing all the "neat stuff" in the store.

When I walked in and saw all the models, big and small, of airplanes and tanks and trains and ships of all kinds (I had no idea) my eyes must have gotten as big as dinner plates! I think I might have been 6 or 8, and I could already read some of the names of the planes I was drooling over:
........"Mustang"........."Thunderbolt"........."Spitfire"........."Zero".
And some German ones I couldn't even pronounce http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif
When the time came, as it had to sooner or later, when mom said, "time to go, Chris" I felt as though I had visited an Enchanted Kingdom filled with stuff that I could only dream of having. But us kids back then were different- I didn't feel "let down" or "Gypped" because my mom couldn't afford to buy me a toy airplane- I was elated that I had had the opportunity to visit this vast dreamland of planes (and of course lots of other stuff) and I hoped I could return some day to buy one of my own so I could have it to play with.

(I don't think I quite "got" the idea that you had to put them togther just yet http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif)

Some weeks later, I started not feeling so well, (fever, nausea, etc) and my mom was pretty worried . I don't know exactly what was wrong with me , but as best as I can recall, I spent the better part of 2 weeks in bed. I was pretty bad off. I remember my mom taking me to the doctor, and giving me medicine and stuff, and in general looking kinda scared.

But I slowly got better.

One morning, shortly after my "recovery", I awoke very early in the morning, and walked into the den, alone. It was only barely light outside, but on one of our worn living room chairs was a small pile of boxes, wrapped up like Christmas presents. Except that it wasn't Christmas. It wasn't even my birthday. It was just "today".

I sat on the floor, not daring to even touch the boxes, and stared at them in wonder. What were they for? WHO were they for? What was in them? Did Santa Claus get confused or???

I vaguely became aware of another presence in the room. It was my mom, and in a quiet voice she said, "well, are you going to open up your presents now?"
I must have looked at her like she was talking in Greek or something, I just couldn't wrap my head around what was happening.

I started to open the boxes.

AIRPLANES!!!!! MODEL AIRPLANES!!!!!!! A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM!!!!!!!

They were all there: a "Zero",("that one is Japanese" mom said) a "Spitfire" (with floats; go figure) and others, including one I "bonded" with the most- A Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.(I think it was an Aurora kit? ) I remember my mom reading me the "story" on the side of the box that the plane was so well built, that one had actually flown through a brick wall, and the pilot had lived. WOW! A brick wall!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif It just LOOKED like the perfect airplane to my little eyes. I fell in love with its fat shape and mean appearance.

I'm still in love wit it. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Mom passed away 8 years ago. I never did ask her where she got the money to buy the models,
(it must have blown "the budget" bigtime) or why she bought them. I do know that she worked at Ryan Aeronautical here in San Diego during WWII. She helped build sub-assemblies for PBY Catalinas. Maybe B-24s, I know it was a Consolidated contract Ryan had.

Maybe she was glad I had gotten over my sickness. Maybe she saw the look on my face when she took me the the model shop that day.

I don't know.

But I do know, that once every few years or
so, I dream a dream. And in the dream I am a little boy, confronted with a mountain of model airplanes. And at the top of the mountain is the king of them all- my P-47 Thunderbolt, the plane that "could fly through a brick wall".

I like having that dream.............

Thanks mom http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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chris455
02-24-2004, 09:40 PM
My name is Chris. I just turned 45 last December 15th.

As a child growing up, it was just me, my two sisters, and my mom. We lived in a rented house on a farm in California. We had very little money, Believe it or not, it was a big treat when, every once in awhile, my mom would bake a chocolate cake- with no frosting! I'm not kidding- we were so poor, my mom considered the extra sugar an expensive "indulgence"( probably her wartime rationing of sugar hadn't fully worn off!)http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

There was one day when my mom took me shopping for clothes at a second hand store in town, and we happened to walk by a model shop -"Mikes Model Shop" on Main street. I had been a good boy having to shop for clothes (yuck!) and my mom thought I might enjoy seeing all the "neat stuff" in the store.

When I walked in and saw all the models, big and small, of airplanes and tanks and trains and ships of all kinds (I had no idea) my eyes must have gotten as big as dinner plates! I think I might have been 6 or 8, and I could already read some of the names of the planes I was drooling over:
........"Mustang"........."Thunderbolt"........."Spitfire"........."Zero".
And some German ones I couldn't even pronounce http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/crazy.gif
When the time came, as it had to sooner or later, when mom said, "time to go, Chris" I felt as though I had visited an Enchanted Kingdom filled with stuff that I could only dream of having. But us kids back then were different- I didn't feel "let down" or "Gypped" because my mom couldn't afford to buy me a toy airplane- I was elated that I had had the opportunity to visit this vast dreamland of planes (and of course lots of other stuff) and I hoped I could return some day to buy one of my own so I could have it to play with.

(I don't think I quite "got" the idea that you had to put them togther just yet http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif)

Some weeks later, I started not feeling so well, (fever, nausea, etc) and my mom was pretty worried . I don't know exactly what was wrong with me , but as best as I can recall, I spent the better part of 2 weeks in bed. I was pretty bad off. I remember my mom taking me to the doctor, and giving me medicine and stuff, and in general looking kinda scared.

But I slowly got better.

One morning, shortly after my "recovery", I awoke very early in the morning, and walked into the den, alone. It was only barely light outside, but on one of our worn living room chairs was a small pile of boxes, wrapped up like Christmas presents. Except that it wasn't Christmas. It wasn't even my birthday. It was just "today".

I sat on the floor, not daring to even touch the boxes, and stared at them in wonder. What were they for? WHO were they for? What was in them? Did Santa Claus get confused or???

I vaguely became aware of another presence in the room. It was my mom, and in a quiet voice she said, "well, are you going to open up your presents now?"
I must have looked at her like she was talking in Greek or something, I just couldn't wrap my head around what was happening.

I started to open the boxes.

AIRPLANES!!!!! MODEL AIRPLANES!!!!!!! A WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM!!!!!!!

They were all there: a "Zero",("that one is Japanese" mom said) a "Spitfire" (with floats; go figure) and others, including one I "bonded" with the most- A Republic P-47 Thunderbolt.(I think it was an Aurora kit? ) I remember my mom reading me the "story" on the side of the box that the plane was so well built, that one had actually flown through a brick wall, and the pilot had lived. WOW! A brick wall!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif It just LOOKED like the perfect airplane to my little eyes. I fell in love with its fat shape and mean appearance.

I'm still in love wit it. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Mom passed away 8 years ago. I never did ask her where she got the money to buy the models,
(it must have blown "the budget" bigtime) or why she bought them. I do know that she worked at Ryan Aeronautical here in San Diego during WWII. She helped build sub-assemblies for PBY Catalinas. Maybe B-24s, I know it was a Consolidated contract Ryan had.

Maybe she was glad I had gotten over my sickness. Maybe she saw the look on my face when she took me the the model shop that day.

I don't know.

But I do know, that once every few years or
so, I dream a dream. And in the dream I am a little boy, confronted with a mountain of model airplanes. And at the top of the mountain is the king of them all- my P-47 Thunderbolt, the plane that "could fly through a brick wall".

I like having that dream.............

Thanks mom http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

http://members.cox.net/miataman1/P47.jpg

BoCfuss
02-24-2004, 09:51 PM
Bravo! A Great story on a board that has been bombarded with crap today. Thank you sir, its a rare thing to have a good mother. Those of us who have one are very blessed.

LEXX_Luthor
02-24-2004, 10:10 PM
Aussum. Moms Rule!

I remember as a little Squish, about 10 years old, my pop bought me a magazine about WW2 airplanes, and in it were...

B~26
Me~210/410
Pe~2
Yak~9
Ki~43
Fairey Battle
and....I~16 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Was my first tiny peep into a bizzare universe far, far away, it was. I grew up secretly admiring little I~16s and Faireys. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I remember the pic of the sexy "22" on a Yak~9. Never really thought of it again until I saw the skin at http://www.il2skins.com

Thanks POP!

Korolov
02-24-2004, 10:15 PM
Wow, thanks for sharing Chris.

Mom's really know, don't they? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

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VW-IceFire
02-24-2004, 10:20 PM
Fantastic story.

I'm now 21 and my first experience was probably at the age of 6 or so at one of the international airports with Spitfire's zooming overhead and a wing of F-4 Phantoms screaming across the display area (those guys weren't subtle! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif). Thats when my "affliction" began http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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BlackHawkLeader
02-24-2004, 10:34 PM
Great Story,
We collected lots of Model Aircraft when we where kids in the 60s.
The Airfix Models 1/72 Scale, you could then paint your own or Camoflage color schemes on them with those little tins of AirFix paint.

We went overboard though, the whole house become full of WW 2 Aircraft , ships, and then we started on the scale model WW 2 armies.

My parents where patient people, how many house holds had a Lancaster Bomber, suspended from the hall way ceiling, with an Me 110 hot on its six!
Or the Battleship Bismarck as the centre piece of mums fine china on the loungeroom side board.
Or younger sisters who complained about finding Scale model Tiger , Panther, and Sherman tanks in their room.
(the girls room had the most floor space for me and my freinds to conduct scale model war gaming Battlefields)

Yes they where different times, PCs where unheard of in those days, who would have thought all these years later I would War Game in Cyber Space, (with out the need for the Models)

Lawn_Dart
02-25-2004, 12:19 AM
Thanks for the story, Chris. It brought back memories of times shopping with my mom so many years ago...and one particular day she surprised me with a Revell kit that I never expected.

I am sorry your mom has now passed on, but am glad that you have kept her memory alive and shared your story with us all.

You have made my day.

Sturmvogel66
02-25-2004, 12:30 AM
Thank you for taking the time to post this...even though I am still a young guy (19), this story reminds me of when I was younger and my mom took me in a model shop. My first model was, of course, a P-51 mustang. I have and always will have a soft spot for that plane in my heart, and just a couple years ago my dad bought me a ride in one, and like you, I still wonder to this day where he found the money to do that. However, he is still alive with me, I am sorry for your loss, but I now have the time to pay him back for what he has done. I have made it my goal in life, to not only pay him back with a ride, but with me as the pilot. Thank you for this story, things like this help keep me reminded of what I am working so hard for.

cheers

CzechTexan
02-25-2004, 12:31 AM
This stuff sure brings back good memories. You're right, in the days before computers, we used our imagination with models to play our war games. My mom bought me my first kit, a B-17, when I was about in 1st grade. We weren't that well off either with my parents having 4 kids to buy for. But somehow Mom knew how much those models meant to me and she would occasionally get one to spur my dreams. Thanks Mom! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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HansKnappstick
02-25-2004, 12:55 AM
Not many stories moved me like this one.

S!

(looking for handkerchiefs)

HangerQueen
02-25-2004, 01:11 AM
Drat, I'm going to cry in front of my office mates now! Shoulda read this one at home.

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fluke39
02-25-2004, 03:13 AM
trying to make people cry should be illegal on these boards http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

p.s spitfire with floats! cool! i've never seen a model of one of those!!

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Huxley_S
02-25-2004, 03:28 AM
Mums rule! I know I'm often calling for mine when I play a full real server.

Extreme_One
02-25-2004, 03:37 AM
Nice story. Brought the hairs up on the back of my neck.

S! Simon
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Merlin_602Sqn
02-25-2004, 06:40 AM
All I can say is..... sniff sniff http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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Aztek_Eagle
02-25-2004, 07:00 AM
My father took me to my first airshow when i was 4 i still remember, since then i became and airplaneholic

Zayets
02-25-2004, 07:01 AM
This is the best story ever posted on this forum. I have no words to express what I felt reading this story.
Coincidence or not , I'm working now a P-47 M model.Your story made me speed up the "manufacturing" process.Thank you for your story.

Zayets out
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Platypus_1.JaVA
02-25-2004, 09:48 AM
*pinks a tear away*

Thanks for sharing this story http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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99th Obsidian
02-25-2004, 10:25 AM
Awesome story and VERY well told. I think one of the things that makes FB a great sim is that it has a plane for EVERY childhood. My Mom could always find me in the Model shop at the Mall whenever I wander off on a shopping trip. I too built models as a kid. Revell, haven't recognized that brand name in over 30 years. I made a B-17 (which was later the star of a crash scene in the backyard complete with real fire and firecracker "explosions" from the burning engines). I also made a SR-71 (which I got to see recently at the Dulles Air and Space Museum), a P-80 and some battleships too. So its no wonder I'm a military aircraft nut. My Mom would drive me around my paper route on rainy days. I used those meager earnings to buy model kits, paints, glue, etc. I can't wait for the Aces expansion kit so I can fly the "Shooting Star". Its great when parents introduce you to and support your hobbies. Interesting what effect their support has on our pastimes today. Gotta go, my Mom just called from the mall. Apparently she's still shopping for clothes ;-)

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Old_Canuck
02-25-2004, 10:32 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BoCfuss:
Bravo! A Great story on a board that has been bombarded with crap today....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif If there was a saluting icon it would have been used here. Thank you for sharing your story Chris.

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BSS_Goat
02-25-2004, 10:35 AM
***sniff sniff** Great story .... Thanks for sharing ...

carguy_
02-25-2004, 10:38 AM
Anybody got milk`n cookies? http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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AWL_Spinner
02-25-2004, 10:44 AM
I would like to say my first aircraft memory is that of a WWII fighter but that would be a lie.

My first memory of an aircraft is of the very ground my little feet stood upon being shaken by the takeoff of an RAF Vulcan. Never was an aircraft more appropriately named than the God of Fire and Brimstone.

However, my SECOND memory of aircraft is of the Battle of Britain memorial flight. Almost certainly at Duxford. The sound of the Merlins. The lines of the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster.

From then on, I was hooked. Thankfully I am now in a life where I can fly around the real world in Cessnas (although I'd still rather they were Vulcans), and also live as a virtual fighter pilot in Forgotten Battles.

Cheers, Spinner.

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BluesmanSF
02-25-2004, 10:46 AM
I have to agree with you guys, this was indeed a nice story! Thank you Chris! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif I got interested in scale models too, because my uncle was a great modeler, and a drawer, he once got his right hand's index finger messed up at work, and he drew with his left hand almost as good as he would with right hand! I can hardly wrote my name with left hand! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Anyway, when I was about 7 year old, my uncle bought me a Bf-109 model, wich I did with him, and I was so proud of the little Messerchmitt when "we" finished it, although I mostly watched as he did it.. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BSS_Goat
02-25-2004, 11:08 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by BluesmanSF:
I have to agree with you guys, this was indeed a nice story! Thank you Chris!

Man I wish I could write/tell stories mine would have gone. "I like airplanes because mom got me one when I was little." http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

Eagle_361st
02-25-2004, 11:10 AM
Excellent story Chris. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I still remember very vividly when my Grandad took me out to Farmingdale on Long Island to see and touch a P-47D under restoration. He knew the fellows doing it and they let me clamor all over the big bird and even sit in it. I was 9 at the time, and from that day on the Thunderbolt owned my heart. I guess I was always a little plane crazy, especially the WWII aircraft. But between my Grandad being a pilot and my Dad who got me started in models they both helped in many ways.

~S!
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Cajun76
02-25-2004, 11:20 AM
Great story. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience with us. The love of a/c is why the majority of us are here.

Good hunting,
Cajun76

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ZG77_Nagual
02-25-2004, 11:24 AM
I'm just grateful me and my friends don't have to run through the house with our 1/72 scale planes anymore. Those guys allways flew way overmodeled.

Great Story! S!

chris455
02-25-2004, 11:33 AM
@Eagle:
Eagle, I always suspected that you and I shared a love for the P-47. I wonder how I figured it out. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Thank you my friends-
S!
Chris

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Ankanor
02-25-2004, 11:49 AM
I live(in BG, that is) near a Fighter base(MiG-21). I do not remember when was the first time I went out to watch the fighters fly above the town, but gradually it became a habit of mine to go out and watch the sky. I could see them train ACMs, formation and occasionally they would fly low, thundering away for kids` greatest pleasure. I remember in high school, I had English classes, we were discussing something, when suddenly I heard noise of Jet Engines. I looked through the window and saw an AWACS, a pair of F-16 and a pair of Bulgarian fighters flying in parade formation. In the first moment, I could not believe my eyes! Then I jumped out of the room and ran to the best view possible(outside). when I got back, I had to write 100 times on the blackboard "I will not run out to watch aircraft during the lesson".

Not a mom story(they rule),but I thought it worth mentioning.

How

O, how I want to hold you,
To feel your breath
And hear your laughter in my ears.
To look into your eyes
And see myself in there.
Caress you with my lips.
To hold your hands in mine
And find the hidden smile in your dimple
That makes you irresistible
And stops the breathing in my chest.
To be with you when you are weeping,
To wipe away the tears and take away the sorrow.
To watch you while you are sleeping
Like there is no tomorrow.

And with a tender kiss to wake you up.

Essen,23.02.2004 20:53

Dunkelgrun
02-25-2004, 12:08 PM
Excellent story, thanks for telling it.
My Dad bought me my first model kit, a Spitfire, when I was about 8 although I can't remember whether I was into planes before that or not. What IL-2/FB does is allow us little kids that built all of those models to 'really' fly them. When I fly this sim I live out my childhood fantasies.
You're never too old.
Cheers!

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Cold_Gambler
02-25-2004, 12:17 PM
cool post http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

TacticalSkirmsh
02-25-2004, 12:27 PM
Meaningful posts need to be supported in this forum. Very well written Chris! There's certainly something very wonderful and tender about a mother's love.

Your story allowed me a glance of those plastic model airplanes I had hanging by white string in my room as a little boy. Thanks. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Best regards,

Tact!

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-HH-Dubbo
02-25-2004, 12:39 PM
Thank you Chris. Beautiful story.


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horseback
02-25-2004, 01:01 PM
Terrific story. As an Air Force brat, I literally can't remember a time when there weren't models in the house or in the process of being built (my Mom painted the camo on my first Airfix Lancaster in 1961).

Given the approaching Easter season, I'll share our favorite family Easter story; when I was about four, we were living on base at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho (which was officially named The Place Most Like the Middle of Nowhere back in the early fifties), and attending the Protestant services at the Base Chapel. Like all squirmy & noisy little boys, I did not go to church, but to Sunday School, where there was a short Bible story and then they'd let us play in the snow outside.

Well, on this particular Easter, they told us about Jesus and how He was arrested and brought before the Roman governer.

My Dad was on duty at the tower that Sunday, and when he got home, he asked me what I'd learned at Sunday School that morning. It was about 5 PM, so I'd demolished my Easter Basket full of goodies, so I must have had a good chocolate buzz going as I explained to my Dad how Jesus and his bicycles had been caught by the police and were taken to the Flight Line to see the CO, Pontius Pilot (misspelling intentional).

I think they stopped me before I could describe the crucifixion.

cheers

horseback

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chris455
02-25-2004, 01:20 PM
That's awesome Horseback.
And the part about your mom painting your Lancaster?
That's REALLY cool!
I don't even think my mom woulda done that! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
S!
Chris

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DONB3397
02-25-2004, 01:33 PM
Good story, nice responses. Seems to be a lot of similarities in this group. Not a bad bunch to hang out with, really.

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I16fan
02-25-2004, 02:02 PM
wery good story, my family aint very rich either, but we can at least afford the things we needhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif i remember that i became a "aircraftoholic" when i was about 2-4 years old, my very first model kit plane was a Hurrican and a strange swedish delta-wing jetfighter.
I'm still a kid at the age of 12 and a total airplane geek, now i dont have enought room for all my model planes... see for yourself http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
http://server6.uploadit.org/files/toremann-Bilde158.jpg

again, thanks for a good story http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

horseback
02-25-2004, 03:22 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by chris455:
That's awesome Horseback.
And the part about your mom painting your Lancaster?
That's REALLY cool!
I don't even think my mom woulda done that! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
S!
Chris

http://members.cox.net/miataman1/P47.jpg <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I'll bet she would if she gave much thought to the damage you could do with the paints that came with that particular kit!

Cheers

horseback

"Here's your new Mustangs, boys. You can learn to fly'em on the way to the target. Cheers!" -LTCOL Don Blakeslee, 4th FG CO, February 27th, 1944

02-25-2004, 03:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by LEXX_Luthor: I grew up secretly admiring little Faireys.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I always wonders if something was off with you, Lexx http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

PBNA-Boosher
02-25-2004, 03:36 PM
Thank you for this story, it has brightened my day. I remember the first time I ever saw an airplane and realized its worth I too was arount 7 years old. I was on my way back from visiting some relatives in California with my parents, when we were passed by low flying F-16's, afterburners on, screaming past us at 3000 feet. I knew then I was in love. Have been to this day, and I don't plan to fall out of love with man's most marvelous creation.