I have read many comments on the old Aurora kit and I still remember my desperation while recovering from a building collapse . I wanted that simple old kit and it just couldn't be found .
In my room bounces my 10 year old son .( the Big Apple in my eye for sure ) . " Hey Dad ! I found your ship ! " says he . "Oh sure , How ?" says me .
He holds up a model of a wrecked ship that is part of an aquarium bubbler ! Sure enough it is , as I verified later with a fit test , the old " Black Falcon " !
How did I verify it with a fit test ? I found one of the originals , minus box , at a vendor at a model show and put it up next to this re-worked " Bubbler " . Sure enough even the stern board with the name on it was the exact same part . How ? I ripped the one off the bubbler and reinstalled the good one from the ship . Perfect match !
I guess I was really desperate for that old worn out horse . Well , to tell the truth I build about ten .Then created two lines of ships meeting in battle . Yes .I did cut them off at the waterline and had them "Leaning away from the wind ".
Most fun I ever had with model ships that resided in a Flat - Topped cabinet on top of a reproduction map of the Atlantic in a dining Room Glass topped table ! The Table itself was the flat-topped cabinet !
I still have a few around to bring me back to earth when I want to get crazy with sail ship models . T.B.