documenting the many uses for the common pocket knife
Recently I bought my second (you read the right) second model airplane kit. The emphasis on second is because it’s a miracle I finished the first one … it took me 2 years. My first was a P-51D Mustang. Circa WWII, this particular model project was my first ever, and despite bailing on the decals, I’d say came out alright. A few weeks back I hung it in my kid’s room, which marked the completion of the kit in my mind, and sparked me to buy another.
My pocket knife enters in to the equation in two ways. Firstly, I used my Swiss Army knife to aid in the first kit, and when I shelved it in my basement for a year-long rest, my pocket knife was lost… or so I thought. When I finally discovered it, after taking the box off the shelf and committing to finish it again, I was pretty happy to have my lucky knife back. With the second kit, a MIG-27 Flogger-D I am using my knife for nub work. That is, the little plastic excess or nub left on the part after snipping it out of the plastic frame. The knife actually does a decent job entirely, but I do have sandpaper to finish the job and deliver smoother edges.