And so another calendar year comes to its creaking end. Of course we gentlemen of a certain age have noted that the damn things seem to be coming around a great deal quicker than they did when we were waiting for the school year to be over, but that tends to be drowned out in the noise of celebrations of the new year.
I can’t lie; 2012 was a difficult one for me personally. The sour economy kept me from returning to full time work and the resulting budget difficulties just kept getting worse. By now I’m sure my resume is being trashed simply because it has been a while since I’ve been employed. Sort of like the “you need experience / no one will hire you because you have no experience” conundrum of our younger days, though this is more “no one will hire you because no one has hired you”.
But that is why hobbies exist. They provide an escape when the real world wants to stab you in the backside with a pointy stick. That is one reason I model the way I do. I’m never going to be at nationals-competitor level; the occasional second place ribbon at the Seattle show (though admittedly I’ve stopped entering things altogether lately) is as high as I’ll ever get. My dopamine rush comes from completing a model to a competent standard and putting it in the display case with all those hundreds of others to the same scale. This may rate a disdainful sniff from the better sort of modeller (you should see the responses I get when I do something stupid from not paying attention and put a wheel on backwards or something like that), but then, those guys don’t tend to have 420 completed models in their display cases.
So what were the production statistics for the 72 Land Small Aircraft Restoration Production Line in 2012?
44 completed (of those, 23 jets, 21 props)
16 purchased (a net decrease in stash!)
Most of one type: 3 x P-47, 3 x BAe Hawk (and more of both coming in 2013)
Most enjoyable: probably the Valom Brigand of all things, and the three Whifs (P-51, F4U, Go-229)
Most wanted kits that I couldn’t buy: Anigrand Boeing Clipper, AModel Spruce Goose, Revell A400M, SH Douglas B-18, Platt X-47, and that list could go on and on.
Here are the completed models in 2012 and their finish date. BTW, I’m behind a bit on write-ups for finished models, so the last couple on the list will actually appear on the blog in 2013.
Rockwell B-1 Lancer
Boeing B-47 Stratojet
DeHav Vampire FB5 (608 Sqdrn RAuxAF)
Supermarine Spitfire PR19
Scottish Aviation Bulldog (Birmingham UAS)
Republic P-47D razorback ("Little Butch")
BAe Hawk T1 (2011 solo)
BAe Hawk T1 (2009 solo)
Republic P-47D bubbletop ("Chief Seattle")
Gen Atom MQ-9 Reaper
McD-D F-18 Hornet
Messerschmitt Me-323 Gigant
Grumman F6F3 Hellcat ("Little Nugget" racer)
LTV A-7E Corsair 2 (VA-113 USN)
BAe Hawk T2 (4 Sqdrn RAF)
Fairey Swordfish (822 NAS, HMS Courageous)
Folland Gnat T1 (Yellowjackets team leader)
Lockheed 12 Electra Junior (British Airways)
Bristol Brigand B1
AW Meteor NF11 (256 Sqdrn RAF)
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura (Free French AF)
Lockheed L10 Electra (Northwest Airlines)
Martin AM-1 Mauler
North Amer FJ-1 Fury
North Amer F1J1 Mustang (whif)
Vought P-52 Corsair (whif)
Horton Go-229 (whif)
North Amer FJ-4 Fury
Heinkel He-162 Salamander (2/JG1)
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 (3 Sqdrn RAF)
Handley-Page Halifax B2 (416 Sqdrn RCAF)
McDonnell F3H Demon
Each and every one has been featured in the 72 Land blog (or will be shortly), which was one of my commitments when I started this project. Everything I build gets on here, even if it is seriously mediocre.
So here goes my best wishes to all of you for 2013!