I discovered my modelling limits in the 1960's with a few Revel airplane and ship kits. Sometime a decade or so later, I became interested in US medals, primarily Navy. There is no word "medaling" equivalent to the word "modeling". That's because no manual skills are required, beyond sniping ebay auctions. I've always liked models and enjoyed seeing the work of guys that have the skills and patience to do modeling well. And said to myself, lucky stiffs, to be able to do all that. Maybe after my planned retirement in several years, I can be like a really old grasshopper at the feet of some Master Po level modeler, like my friend Dennis, and try to see if I can learn something less than he has forgotten about model building, which he's been doing since the 50's-- with maybe a decade or two off for Vietnam (RM2c USN), work, raising a family, etc. Dennis's favorite modelling is aeroplanes, the biplanes with lots of rigging, and tiny, little details, some of which he adds himself. But being a true friend, I was able to cajole him to accept a commission to build me a 350 scale USS New Orleans (CA 32) as she would have looked when commissioned in 1934, with all the photo etch railings, catapults, etc. The lifeboats even have "N.O." on them. And excellent rigging, which is still taut. He did that about seven years ago, and here it is in a display from back then with the Navy cross group to the ship's first captain. The custom made glass case and base, with ship sitting loose on 4 hull contour carved rails was made by one of Dennis's modeling buddies, Don, who builds mostly ships. It's air tight and not a speck of dust has gotten under it in 7 years. It's one of my prize possessions, since it was built by a salt of the earth guy, a nicer one you won't find, and he just happens to be a Navy vet and New Orleans native.