Updated: March 04, 2006
GIANT'S SPINDRIFT DIORAMA #18 (SHAWN CHARLAND)
I decided to make my own Spindrift, or what I thought it would/could
be if a budget-limited studio weren't in charge of dragging Art
Crukshank's (sp?) design into TV land. (BTW: Art also designed the
Seaview's minisub, not surprisingly around the same time as LG). I
decided to abandon historical accuracy in favor of what I would have
loved to have had if I were a 12 year old kid again. Plus at 12 years
old I had no idea what was in the studio model really, Christ, I wanted
it to be real. So, the 12 year old was in charge.
The only pieces I used from the original Lunar Models kit are the upper
hull pieces (fore and aft pieces), the lower hull (1 piece), the clear
(now F-16 canopy-like glazed) upper dome (1 piece), and the resin front
grill work (1 piece). That makes six pieces from the original kit. The
rest: why limit myself? I had the resources of a well-paid and very
single 31 year old with a clear memory of what the 12-year-old me
really wanted way back when, and I had discovered the secret of model
building: Delayed Gratification, something that is almost completely
absent in today's world, and utterly absent in today's youth. I added
it up once; there are about 2300 separate pieces of styrene plastic in
the version I built. It was, and still is, a labor of love and an
expression of my own power to turn my own imagination into reality.
Only a real modeler would understand I think. t is grotesque to think
that a price could be put on that. The model reminds me of a simpler
and more innocent time when I valued such things, and the building of it
many years later - and continuing - reminds me, somewhat guiltily at 45
yrs. old next month, of a simpler time in my adult life when I took the
time to enjoy simple pleasure of creating something with my own hands
and time, for no better reason that that it makes me happy because it's
a thing I think is beautiful.
Here are a few pics just for grins and just because I got in the mood to
take some, for the first time ever. I bought the model in 1991 (I
think) then built a few 1/48 scale modern jets to build up some skills.
I started this model in '92, and thanks to various female involvement's
it's still not done, but that story is as old as Cave Man days. I
haven't touched it in at least 8 years. Needs some weathering I think,
just a bit, done just right. I may have to guild a few more jets
before taking another crack at it (ha ha).
Thanks for making the effort to share your work. Looking forward to the
A fellow modeler,
Ottawa Ontario Canada
(*) Thanks Shawn for sharing your incredible Land of the Giants Spindrift
diorama with all of us. This is one of the best Spindrift's I've ever
seen. I think the many fans that see it here will agree with me too!