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Greet­ings, Pop­u­lar Me­chan­ics team. Over the years, I have had many hob­bies, one of which is con­struct­ing model cars, planes and boats in great de­tail. Many of these mod­els have taken me five to six years to con­struct, even though the scale is small – usu­ally around 1:30 or 1:40.

I spend a lot of time be­fore the con­struc­tion be­gins work­ing on scale draw­ings of the pro­posed model. All my mod­els have been made from scratch, with ma­te­ri­als at my dis­posal at the time; only oc­ca­sion­ally do I need to pur­chase odd bits of ma­te­ri­als. I’ve even made tyres for some of my cars from rub­ber that I bought from Amer­ica – although the rub­ber was white, and I had to ex­per­i­ment to get the black that I needed.

One of my ear­lier mod­els is a 1934 Due­sen­berg chas­sis, which was fea­tured in the CAR mag­a­zine in June 1988.

I am now nearly 95 years old, and would like to share my mod­els with oth­ers. Per­haps you could get one of your re­porters to pay me a visit with their cam­era to doc­u­ment my col­lec­tion for the mag­a­zine.

I’ve in­cluded two pho­tos – one of the Due­sen­berg and an­other of a 1908 Model S Ford.

In ad­di­tion to build­ing mod­els, I am also a pi­anist and I do some oil paint­ing.

I hope this will be of in­ter­est to your read­ers.


What a great let­ter to re­ceive, Ken! Your mod­els are ex­tra­or­di­nary; it’s clearly ev­i­dent how much care you have taken while cre­at­ing them. And to know that you’ve made them from scratch, and not from any sort of kit, makes them all the more re­mark­able. I hope to make ar­range­ments to get one of our journos through to your place in the near fu­ture to pho­to­graph your full col­lec­tion.

Hope­fully the Makita drill prize you’ve won will aid you with some of your hob­bies. – Mark, Edi­tor

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