We’ll return to the modeling in a second, bear with me for a second.
People can be peculiar regarding the things we fear. We tend to think it’s the big changes in life that will undo us, when in fact a great deal of research shows we cope much better with crises than we predict. Across all cultures and ethnicity, the figures equate to something like 75% of the things we fear most (apart from death and taxes) in the short to medium term will never happen, and when they do, we Marshall our resources and get on with it.
There’s a woman in Philadelphia, US who shot her husband (the marriage having went to arbitration because of his “obsessive” reading) after she found him ignoring her on a last ditch trip away to save their relationship. He was reading the contents label on a marmalade jar.
My point is that it’s the small things that’ll drive you nuts. Like making louvre/Louvre doors for a model boat.
I’m sure I’m not the only modeler that has experienced a sense of detachment/dissociation that comes with (usually photo etch, and usually on ship models) working on tiny parts over an extended period of time. It’s like an attentional equivalent of an ‘infinity mirror’. Reality fades away and we end up in a place where a 1/350 scale paravane has 13 PE parts to it, drawing the modeler into a weird, quantum experience that bends the very fabric of time and space.
So, this is how, on a Sunday morning, I found myself looking at these tiny doors, thinking, “I can do better than this…if I made the shutters thinner, it’d be much more effective and realistic”.
Enter my daughter, “dad, it’s just a model boat. I’m bored. Let’s do something”.
She is, of course, 100% correct. But…