I had an email from my Dad the other day, he turns 92 in July and he sent me a picture of a model he is building. The thought occurred to me that there might be many oldtimers that are present on our forum or visit it at least, that have reach that age where maybe a complete shop is no longer an option and they are either thinking of giving it up or have given it up but long for the days when they had something to do.
Well there is a company in the UK that publishes a magazine where the theme of the magazine is a model. In my Dads case it is a model of the battle ship Bismarck. To him this has special meaning since he participated in its sinking back in the war aboard a battle ship as the chief petty officer gunnery.
Anyway this model is no small uniteresting object but is made of wood and is made from what looks to be thin plywood that has been laser cut to make the part. In this case complete forums have been established around the building of this model which takes 140 episodes and is 52 inches long.
Here is a link to the publishers of this magazine should you be interested in subscribing.
You have to look in their collections section for one which interests you.
Here is a link to a site with other sites and forums as well as pictures relating to the Bismarck build.
Its the kind of thing that can be done from a small table with almost no tools. I recently sent Dad a few dollar store clamps to help him out other than that the very basic hand tools are all you need.
The pictures below are one showing the hull so far and the way the parts have been cut out when sent to you. He lives in South Africa and gets the magazine all the way from the UK so for the guys in North America that are interested in something like this getting it is no problem.
Hope this helps some guys get the feel of woodworking even though their strength does not permit the full time shop experience.
Just for the record I have no connection or affiliation with this organization.