Yes Martin I agree we are a dying breed in this Virtual Reality Throw Away Rush rush world.
But also please don't forget that you are a professional model build
er with decades of experience.
BTW: my 1/72 HMS Hotspur was absolutely scratch built
My first ever ship model
, I was about 13/14 when I started it, with extremely basic hand tools
. Kits out of the question and there weren't nuffink like her around anyway.
Built to plans
drawn up by me on foolscap paper from measurements taken from an Airfix 1/600 kit with a plastic micrometer and scaled up with a slide rule!! Remember them!? Had just started technical drawing at school, very handy.
My Type IA submarine
30 odd years ago, was a Krick 'kit'! Ha Ha! 4 20mm planks
of wood for the hull, a big lump of steel bar for the keel, crude half shell vac-formed tower, and a bag of assorted brass rod and tubing for various fittings
. Some brass sheet for the dive planes.
'Thanks for the cash the rest is up to you' sort of deal!
A visit to the Deutsches Museum showed up many 'simplifications' in the Krick plan so all the corrections were 'scratch' as well. Notably-
Correct hull shape, correct rudder
assemblies with skegs, railings, net cutters, flooding slots, wintergarden etc etc.
Looks like Gina 2 is going to be a scratch rebuild
from the gunn'l up as well.
Actually I just thought my post might create a little wonderment and some Oohs and Aaahs, not loose off such a debate. I'll know better next time.
Now back to Pete's lighting