Yeah, she has the tools to cut the glass and solder the L brackets etc. Something I could probably do myself, but her lead time is very quick, and she likes doing it, so it’s easier to just have her make it in the end I think.
I started scratch building ships a few years ago, I started with Shackleton’s S/Y Endurance. After that I modified and added to some 1/1800 scale 3D printed warship models. These turned out really well, but 3D printing felt a lot like cheating, it isn’t very artistic in my opinion. Letting the computers doing the heavy lifting felt like cheating in the end. I took a break from tiny ships to go back to 1/700 resin kits, heavily modified.
However, earlier this year, I decided to build HMS Pandora as she looked on the Bounty hunt in 1790. After that I started bouncing around eras, from napoleonic to WWI and between.
In total, I’ve built probably 10 full scratch builds over the past couple years. Each one takes about a month.
I posted my Dreadnought in some of my Facebook modeling groups and got a LOT of pushback on it in general and some specificities. Especially the phrase “United British Empire” on the photos. This phrase appeared on post Victoria coronation medals and in some general propaganda from the time. I thought it was appropriate and a bit tongue-in-cheek but boy did people try to take me to task. Oh well, it was used back then, so I used it here. Not to mention the background static about using a coin that is no longer in circulation. Lordy!