Sitting around in isolation can cause 1) insanity 2) a deep and profound insight into the nature of life.
I’m voting “TWO.”
I am gradually realizing that Western Civilization, in the form of plastic scale model kit building–as it is now, in its current form–is for the birds.
I have no chicken in this race. I have no fat on the fire. No dirt on the visor. Nuttin’. I just want to make toy airplanes and play with them, and, dammit, I’m going to do that. I have no firm ground under my feet, because I’m an American, descended from Jamestown settlers and fully invested in America and burgers and all that stuff.
But my DNA is more English than plenty of old-time Airfix fans who’s ancestors just weren’t motivated enough to go to the howling wilderness of America and practice some imperialism on dey ass.
Is that my fault?
I’m not a British Subject, but I’m into the sticking together and the painting with the brush and the lack of gear and I do not always need “more power.” I can’t imagine anything that could cause me to use a power tool on a plastic kit, other than my beloved Sonic Scrubber, but that’s different.
But, while I have a certain “primitivism” in common with my English friends, I do not share their passion for the carving of weeblies from styrene stock and the gluing of greeblies into cockpits and wheel wells–and, to top it off, I do not give a rip about fat wing edges or any of that.
We’re through the looking glass now, people, and I think I see the source of the problem. I have read this lovely book:
And I realize that the British modeller (two ls…no apostrophe) has been dedicated since the very beginning–since the first FROG Penguins waddled and croaked into existence– to building little instrument panels and stuffing stuff into wheel wells in 1/72 scale plastic model kits.
Really. They have.
So I say to them, “shine on, you crazy diamonds,” and I say that I’ve had quite enough. As God is my witness, I will never build “detail” into a model again unless I actually want to do that. No more wifely duties for me. No more leaning back and thinking of England.
Men of Harlech… SING, MAN…Men of Harlech…SING, DAMN YOU!
Enough is enough, eh?