As I mentioned in passing in my last post, I had my birthday last month. I did not really celebrate it in anyway as is usually my custom. However, one of you dear readers wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday. So here is the answer(s);
1. The PC answer – “I only wish for world peace.”
2. The megalomaniac answer – “I want to rule the world.”
3. The isolationist answer – “I just want to get away from the world.”
4. Probably the most heart-felt answer at the moment……… I want one of these………
This is my current obsession. Made worse because I cannot get it. It’s like an itch that I cannot scratch. Arrrrgh!
Some of you will know or remember Airfix models? I used to have a few of those kits which you had to assemble yourself with a bit of glue. It was my childhood passion.
Let’s see I had planes like the Skyhawk, the Saab Viggen and the Jet Provost below;
I also had model ships like the RMS Mauritania luxury cruiser ……
and the Graf Spree pocketbattleship…….
Unfortunately, my mother did not share my enthusiasm and considered my models a nuisance that collect dust and take up table and cupboard space. So eventually, my collection disappeared.
When I was not around, some of the better ones were given away by my mother to obnoxious brats (otherwise known as distant cousins and kids of family friends).
Before they were all given away, I decided to go down with the ship – so to speak. I personally disposed of my few remaining models in spectacular fashion.
The Pièce de résistance was my sinking of the RMS Mauritania. I placed ballast in the hold of the ship and floated it in an old abandoned bathtub in an empty lot and then set it on fire. Then I sat back and watched the thick acrid smoke billow from the many tiny porthole windows until the mighty (model) ship sunk below the waves. That was the funeral pyre for my model collection.
That was many, many years ago but now that I have a bit more time on my hands, I am hankering to get back into doing these model kits. Not too many. Just a select few. And the one I really want is the Eagle Transporter from the old TV series Space 1999.
Firstly, I was a fan of the series; secondly, the Eagle is just way cool and has such interesting details and thirdly, it can come in several configurations by having interchangeable central pods. It could be a standard transporter or it could be a science laboratory or it could be a rescue ship etc.
My problem is that I cannot find this model kit anywhere now. It’s production probably stopped years ago and the remaining kits still out there are quite rare.
So that’s what I would like to get. Have you seen one near you?