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Old 18 January 2019, 00:45
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If you served in the US Navy, I think it is awesome if you build a model ship of the one you served on.
Along the same lines, I have both a CH47 and an MH47 model waiting to be built.
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Old 18 January 2019, 07:17
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If you served in the US Navy, I think it is awesome if you build a model ship of the one you served on.
There's a risk the model will have some inaccuracy (there was never a ---- there when I was on it...) that will gnaw and gnaw.

I once met the guy who casts some of the very tiny metal warships (the size used for very large floor war games) for the leading firm that sells them to hobby shops. He complained that his feedback was from accuracy-obsessed fans (including naval historians) was always about what he had gotten wrong on something that was about four inches long.
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Old 18 January 2019, 08:52
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Old 18 January 2019, 12:14
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There's a risk the model will have some inaccuracy (there was never a ---- there when I was on it...) that will gnaw and gnaw.
For the plastic ship models that's less of a problem these days as there's after-market details for things like boats, radars, and gun directors. Most ship structures are square or flat plate (i.e. no compound curves like a car hood) and are fairly easy to add or remove and there's lots of youtube videos on scratch building.

Of course, if you just want to plop pieces together this may be a problem, but it falls in the "how bad do you want it?" category.

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He complained that his feedback was from accuracy-obsessed fans (including naval historians) was always about what he had gotten wrong on something that was about four inches long.
Oh, that's not too bad - there's a lot of discussion and complaints on the science fiction model boards about incorrect details and shapes on completely made-up vehicles!
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Old 18 January 2019, 15:54
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Oh, that's not too bad - there's a lot of discussion and complaints on the science fiction model boards about incorrect details and shapes on completely made-up vehicles!
Oh, that's rich.

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Old 22 January 2019, 00:37
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Sorry for the delay in response, my computer died and I had to get a new one(thread in tech).

I wanted to say thank you very much for the offers of help with this endeavor to make my boy's birthday special. I really do appreciate it very much.

We found a Hobby Lobby in a city a couple hours away and plan on taking a trip there soon to have a look around and see what's available and what he thinks he'd really like to pursue, and then go from there.

Thank you again for the advice and willingness to actually assist.
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Old 22 January 2019, 14:27
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If you are making the couple hour run to Hobby Lobby, see if any other hobby stores are in the area.
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Old 22 January 2019, 14:30
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Ebay is the best place to find models that I know of.
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