Since I first began in the theme park business almost thirty years ago I've loved building study models. These small scale pieces are a chance to work out details and construction methods. It would prove much costlier to and time consuming to figure things out when we build the real thing. Models also allow our clients to clearly visualize the project when we are done. I have one of my earliest models on display in the studio. It's fashioned from some scrap redwood I had laying around the workshop. I made the model in a few hours with a brand new lathe, table saw and band saw I was itching to give a spin.
Anytime I talk about the model (or my favourite lathe) Peter gets all fired up, suddenly extremely eager to tell a story he remembers about the lathe... but I don't go there for I have proof the lathe worked just fine... even after I slightly modified it to suit my specific needs. If you want to hear Peter's story you'll have to ask him... but beware for he tells a version that I know is somewhat biased and greatly exaggerated.