"...in the 60s there were four model shops within walking distance from my house......I would catch the bus there most Saturdays and go and buy a kit to see me through the next week....And now, model shops are few and far between.....To anyone with a grandchild who has the slightest interest in modelmaking then encourage them for all they are worth........"
Yes. That was why I set up the EeZeBilt and Marinecraft sites - to enable this generation of kids to have the same experience that we had, of creating something that really worked on your own, with minimal adult help...
I had thought that it would be quite easy for modelling grandparents to download the shapes, cut them out from balsa sheet, and present grandchildren with a small simple kit for Christmas. Making one of these simple kits is how many of us started, but kits like these are hard to find commercially nowadays.
Unfortunately, few people seem to have done this. In most cases the sites seem to be a nostalgia-trip for adults. Which is a shame, because the original designer of the EeZeBilts, Ernie Webster, was a teacher, and put a lot of design lessons into his kits. Building a series of EeZeBilts (though they have a similar base design) will give quite a lot of experience in different constructional tweaks, and improve confidence in handling materials.
We are coming up to Christmas. Perhaps now is a good time to remind people of this resource and the aim behind it?