My pal and I were in the model room the other night, settling in for an evening of model grocking and generally hanging out. I was in the mood for a bit of classic Focus, so I reckon, “I’ll get the music, you grab some brews from the bar fridge”. However, things did not go to plan. “You have everything in your fridge, four kinds of superglue, kicker, Microsol, liquid cement, even a bottle of amyl acetate – but not a single beer!” Right on cue, missus Grumpy appears at the door with two ice cold Heinekens, “Would you guys like a drink?” My pal is impressed and says to her…
“You are a Model Wife!”
“You mean like Naomi Campbell?” I ask him.
“No, I mean like she is the ideal modeler’s wife” he says.
“Well”, I reckon, “she is not what I’d call a modeler’s wife, she is a modeler”.
“But she don’t build nuthing!” he argues.
“I know, but consider this….”
When she went to town, she came back with a whole bag of stuff – 3ml ribbon for seatbelts, little red jewels for taillights, cool temporary tattoos for graphics, and much more. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
When I was building that lime green RX7 street fighter with the flat black hood, she suggested we use a glossy carbon-fibre decal instead of flat black. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
She knows that if she finds an old Esci Renault R5, she should not even offer a buck for it, but if she finds an old Heller Renault R8, she should go to 500 bucks. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
When we go on vacation, she sends the kids to movies, so that we can cruise the model dealers and toyshops in peace. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
She knows the difference between a Chevy 210 and a Bel Air. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
She works harder at the SANNL than most of the club members. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
She thinks that cutting-bits for the Sherline lathe make ideal Christmas gifts. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
The other day in the toys shop, she suggested buying a cool Maisto die-cast to strip for the wheels. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
Not only does she tolerate the smell of thinners in the house, she likes the smell of thinners. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
When she bought her new car last year, she quizzed the salesman about power-to-weight ratios and torque curves instead of the trunk capacity. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
She thinks that the idea of a perfect vacation is the annual IPMS Nationals. Is that a wife, or is that a modeler?
Yeah there is no doubt about it – she is a modeler alright – all she needs to do now is to start building something!
Until next time…
Appreciate your better half!