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Should I, shouldn't I? —Advice needed for purchase of very old Revell model

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  • Member since
    July 2019
  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Thursday, November 26, 2020 1:16 PM


model is 32.85cm x 4.5cm x 1.54cm at 1/482.484. real ship is 520' x 71'6" x 24'6". the model is actually to wide at the main deck level not to narrow. what do you mean by "the time I have left on this benighted planet." cancer?

Thanks for continuing to keep me on the straight and narrow, ddp59. I remembered your previous post on this subject, I just didn't remember correctly! I'm coming around to the idea of building the model without being overly concerned about scale accuracy. Those railings do bother me. I even tried light washes to simulate the space between parts of the railings, with the result that the railing still looked solid but also looked dirty! But replacing them with photoetch railing seems like a kitbashing too far for me, at least at this time. 
About the time I have left: Nope, no cancer, thank god, just old age and a variety of health problems -- PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis that have wrecked my knees and feet, diverticulosis, and GERD. But not to complain: My best friend, who encouraged me to get back into modelling, has no more than a few weeks to live. He had surgery for a very rare form of prostate cancer only three or four months ago; his bladder and lower bowel were removed, but the surgeon was unable to excise all of the tumor. He's in hospice now, but in such severe pain that he had has to take powerful pain meds that pretty much knock him out for most of the day. I've talked with him by phone a few times, but his wife tells me that he's no longer even able to hold the phone. He's in his mid 80s. This outcome is not a surprise: When he was diagnosed, his doctor told him that only four other men in British Columbia had ever been diagnosed with it, and none of them survived long.

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

  • Member since
    April 2005
Posted by ddp59 on Thursday, November 26, 2020 3:30 PM

no problem.  what i am doing with the Arizona & Haven hulls is kitbashing not using PE. my 2 hospital ships won't have any railings including PE as they are overscale. there is a slightly bigger scale Haven hospital ship as i have 1 off ebay. material seems to be not styrene but maybe vinyl & the model is not full hull but has a really flat bottom.


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