From my E-mail; 9-11 Truck
This picture as well as those in the extended area came to me via E-mail from Big Dave Nix, my cousin's boyfriend.
The truck belongs to John & Amy Holmgren from Shafer, MN. They took out a loan to pay for the work, which lists the names of all of the victims of the attacks on 9-11.
Building a Ship
It took me a couple of hours to read through the manual for this puppy.
My first clue that I'd gotten in too deep (yet again) was looking at the box filled not with parts but strips of woods, bundles of cloth, and several sheets of drawings. There are no parts, folks. As I read through the manual, and saw that I had to build virtually everything, I began to wish I'd stuck with a Revell monster truck kit.
But life is nothing if not a series of challenges, so I spread everything out and got started.
Now guys, here is where being divorced comes in handy. NO longer is the kitchen table reserved forpedestrian duties like eating. It can be used as nature intended, for projects, games and incredibly complex models.
The first step was to cut out the frame pieces and assemble them. Since they go together very similarly to the glass pack moving boxes, and I've moved many times, I felt comfortable with this step.
Next, I had to install the main deck, which is that oval shaped piece of wood shown above. Note carefully the hole in the deck, which are for the masts. They become very important later.
As pretty as the deck is, it isn't realistic enough for this model, so the next step is to apply thin strips of wood to simulate a planked deck.
Notice anything missing? I didn't.
Next, I put on the upper deck and the bulkhead joining it to the main deck.
And the fo'c'sle.
It was about this point that I realized that the mast holes had somehow fallen off the model, and after looking around the floor for the holes, I decided I had to cut some new ones into the carefully laid and sanded strips.
It was painful plunging that sharp knife into the deck (Actually, I kinda enjoyed it, but don't tell anybody) but I did it, and I now have three well placed mast holes.
And two not so well placed.
And that's where the model stands today. The next step is to plank the hull, and then the really tricky detailed work begins.
I have a feeling that I'm going to be giving up caffeine for the next 6 months or so.
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