It’s been a while! Unfortunately having to work for a living is being an inconvenience.
This is the Revell 1/72 Mayflower kit from back in the 16th century, 120 years before the actual Mayflower set sail. Or at least that’s how it felt to build…
My data base tells me it was new tool in 1966, and nothing has changed since then except the box art.
Needless to say this one was a challenge compared to the modern kits I have become accustomed to.
It is also the first boat I have built, and an unusual subject for my taste, but there is a story to it so bear with me.
My Dad originally bought this kit when I was roughly ten years old.
I remember I bought my first kit around then, it was a 1/72 F-117. I put it together without any paint or anything, it probably looked pretty terrible to be fair, but the trips to the model shop must have gave my Dad the model bug again and he bought this Mayflower kit.
I don’t know if it looked a bit too impossible or maybe life just got in the way, but it ended up going in the attic where it was to remain for twenty five years.
I managed to steal it a few years back when they moved house and waited for a good enough excuse to start building it. And that excuse came in the form of a global pandemic!
I built it gradually around my other projects throughout the lockdowns, and it gave me many a head ache to be fair! But I finished it in the end and got a custom case built. I left it it in my parents house for them to find when they got back from holiday, and I think my Dad likes it because it has stayed on display in the living room. Mother probably hates it… and I’m sure I’ll have to repair it in the future when she tries to dust it…
If I was to be totally honest, if it wasn’t for Covid-19 I think Mayflower would have been doomed to spend at least another twenty five years in my attic, and then many other attics after my time. But here it is anyway.
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