Even with the holidays boys have been able to get a few models built:
Spirit of St. Louis (Testors Classics 1/72) – Simple model to build and paint for Little I.
P-51 Mustang (Airfix 1/72) – Small parts may be too small for Little I.
SBD Dauntless (Revell 1/48) – Kit has many moving parts like working undercarriage, dive brakes, and releasable bomb. More of a toy then a display model though the addition of an LSO and bomb cart with handler lends this kit to a diorama. Built by T.
This holiday we were blessed to have my niece and nephew visit from Korea. Looking for games to play that required little English, we pulled out Ticket to Ride. The game was a huge hit. I myself played six games of the original Ticket to Ride, Ticket to Ride Europe, the 1910 and 1912 expansions, as well as TTR Asia. The kids played literally EVERY day; sometimes more than once! This was definitely THE HIT GAME of the holidays.
Other games that got much play included Qwirkle, Fundomino, Rush Hour, Abandon Ship, and even Bananagrams (yes, I know that one requires English but put my 4th grader up against an international college student was a bit unfair – for the international student!)
T got his own copy of the Star Wars Edge of the Empire RPG Core Rulebook for Christmas. He has rolled up several characters but we have had no time to play a scene. Now with the hectic holidays over I hope to get him going.
We visited the awesome Piper Hobby last weekend. Little I had saved some money and wanted to buy a model. Still a bit of a beginner he looked for a snap together kit.
Fortunately, we found the excellent Pegasus Hobbies Spitfire IA kit. This snap together kit is easy to build but has great detail and clean parts making it a very sharp looking model. We did a simple paint job taking advantage of the existing desert tan mold.
Now officially interested in WWII aviation, we watched the classic Battle of Britain on Netflix that night. Now he wants a Me-109 to dogfight over his bed!