Well, it’s over. The lengthy, frustrating, and unfulfilling process of building the BoB Gunboat has ended. So many iterations, so many days lingering on the workbench.
Almost all wargame projects start out full of promise, the completed object so thoroughly pictured in the mind’s eye. Ahh, then the harsh reality of actually building the damn thing. In many instances the process is so painful that the object is put out of sight and relegated to a box. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of stepping away, getting a break, and coming back with renewed energy and ability to see what needs to be done for a quality project. Other times……it just doesn’t happen.
The Gunboat is about as close as I have come to an adult version of my Pinewood Derby car. My Dad let me build it myself. The finished project was bad even by 9-year old standards. Dad tried to salvage things, but it was too little, too late. The other Cubbies had cool looking cars. Mine was not. In a Disney movie, I would win and my ugly piece of child work would be admired. Didn’t happen.
So it is with the Gunboat, a child-like effort unfortunately completed by an adult. Oh Well….My, My.