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.
KEN MILEMAN KRUGERSDORP
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