barad_dur wrote: ↑September 23rd, 2023, 12:56 pm
Just so you know, I decided to sell all my unbuilt spaceship kits (except for the Neisen studio scale KBOP) because after watching your outstanding work I realized that I do not have the required expertise, skill, and patience to build all the ships correctly and as well as you do!
And I have a huge stash of kits that I want to build and I do not have time or space to build and display them all.
Please take my collection thinning down and selling decision as a sincere compliment to your incredible model building abilities!
Seriously, Joe - if Trekkriffic will indulge this little hijacking of his thread - your post above brings up a story I must share with you. You said you will keep (and build!!!
) the Neisen Studio KBOP - great! "Go BIG or Go Home" I always say.
Which brings me to the following story that is relevant here:
Almost 2 decades ago, I read and was mesmerized by the "Alamo-like" story of Battleship Yamato's final mission. She was, at 74,000 tons fully loaded, the largest battleship ever built, with 9 18.1" main guns. You can read about it all in the website I have created about her at www.battleshipyamato.com
A website that would have never been (nor the historical research that resulted in its creation, the many connections I've made in the historical community, as well as the personal satisfaction resulting from same - had I not decided to "Go Big" in 2007 and build a 1/200 scale Yamato model kit).
I had not built a ship in 30 years at that point, and the incredible work of modelers doing 1/700 scale small versions should have scared me off. But I decided to "Go Big", calculating that at that larger scale I would be able to handle it. Three years, massive after-market customization and do-it-yourself "accurizing" of that old kit, I had completed the ship - which now proudly crowns our bedroom at our Croatia Island vacation home in the Adriatic (where I am right now). See the photos that follow.
In the process of that build I did so much research on Yamato that it led me to create my Yamato site. [Yamato's story is poorly known - or understood - outside of Japan, where its final mission is remembered akin to the way we Texans remember the Battle of The Alamo. Its seemingly pointless sacrifice near war's end is seen, in a spiritual sense, as sowing the seeds of the rebirth of a new Japan. The symbolism of the name "Yamato", a medieval poetic term for Japan itself, led inescapably to the view that the sacrifice of this Flagship meant the death of the Empire (and Bushido), which enabled the new, prosperous Japan to be born it its place].
A story that I have been able to share via my website for the past 15 years, all because I decided to "Go Big" with that Nichimo kit, instead of "Going Home" (which might have seemed more prudent to do at the time).
There's a lesson, or two, in there somewhere.
Stepping out in faith will often lead us to places we would have never gone. [And don't get me started on the life-changing story of my Jolson Hobby - or Trekkrific will really get sore at me. I will leave that for another day - I wrote an article about it a couple of years ago that I'd be happy to email you at some future time.
] Now the pics I promised: