I have no joke here. I just like saying "sprue".

My husband fancies himself master of the art of wildly inappropriate wrapping. He has, in the past, given someone a single CD wrapped in an entire guitar case. Yesterday's birthday present to me came in a wooden DHL packing crate that I had to use a crowbar to open. And a hammer. No, I'm not exaggerating even in the slightest. Inside was a lot of styrofoam, many plastic air pillows for cushioning, and at the very bottom a Tamiya Supermarine Spitfire MkVb model! With a complete set of Testors enamel paints, brushes, fiddly little tools, and two kinds of glue to huff.

Mr P apparently felt great pity for me while we were watching the James May show on model airplanes, because I confessed to never having built one in my childhood. Well, soon I'll have had that experience. Apparently one can really kind of deep-end on the hobby and produce some amazing-looking models. I, for one, will be satisfied if I glue it together properly and don't kill too many brain cells.

Quick language question: When I think of the hobby that involves assembling and gluing together plastic models of things then painting them, I think of it by the term "model airplanes". Mr Pedia undoubtedly went to a "hobby shop" to purchase my Spitfire and paints. James May used the word "Airfix" exclusively, but that's a specific brand name. Is that how our cousins across the pond refer to the hobby?

Randomly, in conclusion: Catnip indeed.
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Cool gift.

The husband always refers to them as "Airfix" models, even though some of the ones he built as a child were undoubtedly different brands. It does seem to be how these things are referred to in the UK.

We watched James May's show too. I made a similar comment about never having built one. It must have been a "boys of a certain age" thing.

I'm waiting for the husband to suggest he helps our six year old to build his own models. I can see big potential for disaster with the glue already!

BTW, happy belated birthday.
It's been fun to observe the differences in toy slang: Scalextric vs slot cars, Meccano brand metal building thingies vs Erector Sets, Airfix vs model airplanes. Not sure there's a plasticine equivalent, though I might have attempted to make flowers out of FIMO or Sculpey polymer clay.

LEGO is universal, though.
I agree! Also for me, as a late baby boomer Australian, your comparison lets me trace the impact American English began to have too. I grew up with Scalextric (although I think I pronounced it as scalectrix at the time lol!), Meccano, but model airplanes. I have never until now heard of Airfix.
I hadn't ever heard of Airfix, either, though now I have seen Airfix brand items sitting on a shop shelf next to the more familiar Japanese model manufacturers. Also, I saw Scalextric! Which does exist in the US, though the hobby is called "slot cars". In fact, I saw a Scalextric reproduction of the Top Gear test track, complete with labels for the named corners.
Here in Blighty 'Airfix' has become a generic term, like Scalextric which I believe James May also has a thing for.

We'd say 'she's about to do her first Airfix model'. And they'd probably be bought in a toyshop.

Have fun with it. Can't believe you never built one when you were a kid, I thought everyone did at least once.
Can't believe I missed out on this, either, but I think it's just because my father wasn't into hobby modeling. I did have lots of LEGO, at least. Mr P, on the other hand, grew up in a model railroading family so he got the full experience. His dad was definitely into the model-painting side of the hobby. Mr P, by the way, calls it "modeling" and not "model airplanes" as a general term.
Ack! I completely missed that it was your birthday! Happy belated-birthday! Hope it was one to be thankful for. Okay, bad joke. >.<

I've also never built a model airplane. The closest I came was building a model ornithopter as extra credit for my calculus class a few years ago. It was not pretty, but in the end it still flew long enough to get me the points.

I would love to hear about how it goes for you. It seems like a fun project to have.
(giggle) I like the word "sprue", too. I have ever since Hubby asked me to hand him one and I hadn't known there was a name for the little plastic collection of parts that went into the models he builds. I stared at him like an idiot for a second until he showed me what he meant.

Then again, I love it any time I find new words.
I have now used a sprue cutter. And discovered the reason my husband has this funky light with magnifying glass built in. Oh, hobbyists!
Happy Birthday! For Yesterday!

Have a lovely airplane building experience. And remember, do not put your fingers together if they still have glue on them... :-D
Thank you! Fortunately for me, my husband bought the modern glue dispenser thingie, which has a long tiny thin tube for dripping teensy amounts of glue exactly where it's supposed to go. I have now glued several things together without mishap.