Added a new car to my stable! That is a stable of model cars that I used to build many years ago. Yes, I have another hobby besides photography! For the last few years, I have been meaning to start building model cars again. Finally, about a couple of months ago I dug up a model that I started building many years ago and put together a new toolbox with the minimum tools and paints necessary. The half-finished model was a 1937 Packard Formal Sedan and most of the chassis, including the engine, was done. The coach, the fenders, doors, etc. were all painted but not all in place yet.
As I started putting some parts in place, I realized that my eyes were not as good and my hands were shakier. The dexterity I once had has diminished significantly. This particular kit was also very detailed with tiny hinges holding the doors, the hood, and the trunk, many parts disappearing between my fingers. I was determined to finish the model even at the expense of doors not opening. After all, anyone wishing to see the detailed interior could look through the windows!
It took me much longer than it used to, say 20 years ago and I moved in small, careful steps. Missing some of my old tools and the kind of glue I used to use made things go a little slower than I expected. But, a couple of days ago, I put the finishing touches and finished the 1937 Packard Sedan. It reflects all the grace of the era, at least in my eyes. I thought I would share some photographs of the finished model with the friends and visitors of this site. Most importantly, I wanted to share the photographs with my sister Binnaz who, after seeing the model in progress during a Skype conversation, indicated how much she loved it.
For the curious, it is about 13.5″ (34 cm) long and 1/16 scale. That makes the actual car about 18′ or about 5.5 meters long! They were cars! Here is the 1937 Packard Formal Sedan.