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One day, I was flipping through the Disney Store magazine (remember those?), and I came across an image of a Nautilus model that they were selling. It wasn’t a plastic model; it was an expensive, pre-assembled scale replica. I examined the basic shape of the submarine, and I said to myself, “I can build that out of paper.” Better yet, I could share it online for those who, like me, couldn’t afford the real thing.
Over the years, I always retained my childhood love of creating small models, but I hated plastic kits. I moved away from the prefabricated kits with step-by-step instructions, and I decided to go my own route.
It wasn’t intentional. I didn’t even realize that it had happened. But, somewhere along the way, I fell in love with model kits. Not just the common plastic kits that can be found in many stores, but metal kits, and paper kits, too.
The main portion of the lower hull is finally completed, and I can start focusing on additional details like the recessed machinery, the turrets, extra surface details/parts, and painting.
This month, I paint and assemble the long-awaited boarding ramp. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to test the motor until issue 54 (somewhere around there).
The builds have also been lacking in things to do. They’ve been pretty straight-forward: attach more metal framework and hull plating. But, extra parts are accumulating quickly for future builds that promise to be much more exciting.
With the final two pieces, I can finish the assembly jig and store the hull frame on it instead of in my closet. That solves one storage problem, but it brings up a new one.
This month’s box marks a milestone. First, it sets itself apart by arriving in pristine condition; there were no crushed corners, open flaps, or torn packing tape.
The magazines were even pristine and freshly printed. I did notice that these four issues were printed on slightly heavier paper stock. That could be related to the fact that there are fewer pages in these issues—the instructions are only 2-3 pages long.
There was really not much to do this month. The primary focus was on completing the hallway from last month and assembling more of the lower hull, both being pretty straight-forward.